A number of Aroostook County Boy Scouts recently received their Ad Altare Dei emblems at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Presque Isle.
To attain this recognition, which means “to the altar of God,” Catholic Scouts work with spiritual leaders for six to eight months as they progress through activities in the Ad Altare Dei Youth Manual, with the aim of growing in their relationship to God and the church. Fr. Dave Raymond, pastor of the Parish of the Precious Blood, taught the group, while Peter Deschenes, religious emblems coordinator for the Scouts’ Northstar District, served as counselor. Pictured after receiving their emblems are, from left: Patrick Tardie II, Eagle Scout Paul Tardie III and Christopher Tardie, sons of Yvonne and Paul Tardie of Washburn and members of Washburn Boy Scout Troop 177; Raymond; Deschenes; Evan Berube, son of Melissa Berube of Houlton, and Jacob Deschenes, son of Billie Jo and Peter Deschenes of Presque Isle, both members of Mapleton Boy Scout Troop 170; and Brandon Poitras, son of Kathy and Brian Poitras of Presque Isle and a member of Presque Isle Boy Scout Troop 171.