President of Trinity Washington University Honored with Faith Doing Justice Award

The Ignatian Solidarity Network honored Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, with the Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award.  The Holstein Award honors one individual each year “who has demonstrated a significant commitment to leadership for social justice grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).”

Patricia McGuire was named the president of Trinity Washington University (then Trinity College) in 1989. She helped to rebuild the college by reaching out to black and Hispanic women of Washington, transforming the college into a multifaceted university. Today, Trinity serves as an example of how to widen collegiate access and welcome students who have lived on the margins. Over 2,000 students are enrolled in degree programs and 3,000 are in Trinity’s continuing education programs. School enrollment is 67 percent African American, 21 percent Hispanic, 6 percent white and 6 percent international.

McGuire is an advocate for women and social justice, committed to the transformative power of education. To learn more about McGuire and the award, read the full article from the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Catholic Colleges Honored by President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Georgetown University won the White House’s Interfaith Community Service Award in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, an honor that recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. The Honor Roll’s Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. The award recognizes the work of three organizations at Georgetown, the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ), the Office of Campus Ministry, and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs.

Gonzaga University was also honored as a finalist by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for their commitment to improving educational outcomes for children and youth. Of the over 776 higher education institutions named to the Honor Roll, only 16 were named finalists.  Gonzaga is recognized for their service addressing school readiness, strengthening schools, boost high school graduation rates and preparation for higher education.

Congratulations to Georgetown University and Gonzaga University for their work in community service!

Nominate a Young Leader for the 2016 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

Do you know a young Catholic leader dedicated to fighting poverty and injustice in the United States? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites you to nominate individuals between the ages of 18-40 to receive the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.

The Bernardin Award is meant to:

  • Recognize new and future leadership against poverty and injustice
  • Promote young people as leaders in our communities
  • Honor outstanding young leaders and their organizations/ parishes
  • Strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission

In the past, the award has been given to individuals who are dedicated to fighting against injustice, fighting for immigrants, and working towards fair housing. Learn more about the award and download the nomination form here! Nominations should be submitted no later than July 31, 2016. 

Ignatian Solidarity Network Awards Loyola Chicago President and Chancellor

Earlier this month, the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) announced its decision to grant the Robert M. Holstein ‘Faith Doing Justice’ Award to Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J. for his outstanding service to the marginalized, care for creation, and advocacy for social justice.

For 14 years, Fr. Garanzini served as the 23rd president of Loyola University Chicago (LUC), and he is now serving as University Chancellor. Instrumental in making LUC one of the most sustainable campuses in the country, Fr. Garanzini is deeply committed to care for creation. Fr. Garanzini was among those who took the initiative to establish Arrupe College,  a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources, housed at LUC.  Fr. Garanzini is also a leader in Catholic higher education, previously serving as ACCU Board Chair.

To honor Fr. Garanzini, ISN will host a cocktail reception at LUC’s Water Tower campus in Chicago on Wednesday, April 27. Congratulations, Fr. Garanzini!

Nominate a young person for the Bernadin Award

The Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award is given annually to a Catholic young adult between the ages of 18-40 engaged in efforts to end the root causes of poverty in the United States. The award is an excellent opportunity to recognize a deserving young Catholic from your campus community. The annual winner is recognized at the bishops’ meeting in June in St. Louis, MO, providing an important opportunity for the bishops to celebrate the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  Learn more about CCHD here.

Eligibility

The award would be given to a young Catholic, age 18-40, who demonstrates all of the following:

  • leadership consistent with the work and philosophy of CCHD to address the basic causes of economic poverty,
  • a commitment to carry out the church’s option for and with the poor through the empowerment of people living in poverty and relationship building between those who are poor and non-poor, and
  • potential for future leadership in these arenas.

The Bernardin Award is designed to

  • Recognize new and future leadership against poverty and injustice
  • Promote young people as leaders in our communities
  • Honor outstanding young leaders and their organizations/ parishes
  • Strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission

We need your help identifying deserving young adults!  Please help by:

1) Nominating Catholic young adults from your diocese or organization, and

2) Getting the word out about the award to other potential nominators, including parishes, college campuses, CCHD-funded groups, your local newspapers, electronic newsletters, and your diocesan young adult ministry office.

The nomination form is downloadable on the website.

Nominations are due by March 15.

Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Fall Newsletter

ACCU just released Update, its Fall 2014 newsletter! You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • CRS Student Ambassadors encourage and facilitate informed action for justice
  • Saint Louis University holds prayer vigils for Ferguson
  • Benedictine University president earns a diversity award
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College receives a recycling award
  • the Ignatian Solidarity Network hosts a U.S. delegation to El Salvador
  • Loyola University Chicago welcomes ‘Dreamers’
  • ACCU has launched a new blog (but you already know that!)

To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.