Jesuit Roundup: Recent Awards & Accolades

June 15, 2016 — Jesuits are always making news, and here’s the latest roundup of recent awards and appointments about Jesuits from around Canada and the U.S.

Jesuit Father Charles Allen, special assistant to the president and university chaplain at Fairfield University in Connecticut, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from St. Vincent’s College in Bridgeport, Connecticut, last month. 
 
Fr. Allen has been an active member of the St. Vincent’s community for many years as a celebrant for the Baccalaureate Mass for college graduations and as a spiritual director for Alumni Days of Recollection. Read more.

Jesuit Father Jean-Marc Biron, provincial of the French Canada Province, accepted the Medal of the Lieutenant-Governor for Exceptional Merit on his province’s behalf from the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, the Hon. J. Michel Doyon.
 
The award, the highest medal the office can give, was presented to the province for humanitarian service and for service to Quebec.

Jesuit Father Frank Haig, professor emeritus of physics at Loyola University Maryland, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Academy of Sciences at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on May 19. 
 
Fr. Haig is a former president of the Washington Academy of Sciences and the former president of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. 
Read more.


Jesuit Father Francis Hezel was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Education in the Pacific Award from the nonprofit Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, for his extraordinary dedication to and support of education in the Pacific region.
 
Fr. Hezel has worked in Micronesia since 1963, serving as a high school teacher and school administrator at Xavier High School; pastor; and regional superior to the Jesuits of Micronesia. Read more.


Jesuit Father Antuan Ilgit, a student at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, has been awarded a 2016 fellowship from Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. 

Fr. Ilgit will participate in a two-week program in Europe this summer, using the conduct of the clergy in Nazi Germany as a launching point to study ethical issues facing religious leaders today. Read more.


Jesuit Father James Knapp, a pastoral minister at Saint Louis University, was honored last month with the Order of St. Louis King Award from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
 
He was awarded for his service as spiritual director and assistant professor of theology at the archdiocese’s Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and for his work with the Courage organization, a ministry for homosexual adults and teens. Read more.



Jesuit Father Dorian Llywelyn has been named to lead the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University in California. Fr. Llywelyn will begin his appointment on August 1. 
 
Fr. Llywelyn has previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Christian spirituality, theology and culture, and ecclesiology and ecumenism at Heythrop College at the University of London and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Read more.


Jesuit Father J. Donald Monan, former president of Boston College from 1972 to 1996, was honored recently when Boston College High School dedicated its baseball field in his name.
 
The park was renamed Monan Park because of Fr. Monan’s outstanding educational leadership, vision and commitment to the City of Boston. Read more.


Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, senior analyst for National Catholic Reporter, and his colleagues on the NCR staff, received first place for best news writing on an international event from the Catholic Press Association.
 
The team received the award for their coverage of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.” Read more.






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