Dubuque Franciscan Associate Father George Karnik received the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award for his ministry to those imprisoned or jailed on October 31, 2019.
From 1974-1999, Father George annually led a team in conducting a Christian Experience Weekend at the State Reformatory in Anamosa. Since retirement in 2002 he goes monthly to Anamosa to hear confessions. He also celebrates Mass and visits with prisoners.
Father George has long been active in social justice ministries and education in the Cedar Valley. He is co-founder of the Discipleship Experience Weekend and Getting Ahead in the Cedar Valley.