The Religious Studies Department has a longstanding tradition of conferring an award to the woman or man whose life and commitment reflect, in an extraordinary manner, the values of faith and justice which were courageously demonstrated in the life and death of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador.
2014 Sister Simone Campbell
Executive Director of NETWORK
2013 Sr. Mary Lou Kownacki, long-time advocate for peace and justice
former Director of Pax Christico-founder of Emmaus, co-founder of Neighborhood Art House author, poet, and catalyst for local neighborhood revitalization.
“Turned Into Fire.”
2012 Sr. Mary Scullion and Joan McConnon, co-founders, Project HOME.
“No One is Home Until All of Us Are Home.”
2011 Erie L’Arche Community; Fr. George Strohmeyer:
“Parable of Community in a Troubled World”
2010 Sr. Marilyn Lacey, founder of Mercy Beyond Borders.
“Mobilizing Mercy Beyond Our Borders: An Invitation to Justice and Joy.”
2009 Sr. Helen Prejean, author and penal reform advocate.
“Dead Man Walking”
2008 Kathleen Erikson, R.S.M., co-founder of the Women’s Intercultural Center, Anthony, NM.
“Call to the Borders: Justice and Faith at the Margins of Society.”
2007 Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, auxiliary Bishop of Detroit
“Faith and Justice in a World of Conflict.”
2006 Maura Smith, R.S.M.
2005 Marie Dennis
2003 Kathy Kelly, anti-war protester; director, “Voices in the Wilderness”;
“Broken Hearts, Broken Policy: U.S. Sanctions and War in Iraq.”
received in absentia (she was in Iraq) by Joanna Berrigan
2002 John Dear, S.J., former director, Fellowship of Reconciliation.
“Non-violent Action and Global Terror: The Relevance
of Radical Compassion.”
2000 Roy Bourgeois, M.M.
1999 Christine Vladimiroff, O.S.B
1998 Edwina Gately
1997 Pax Christi
1996 Robert Hoderny
1995 Mary Jo Leddy
1994 Elizabeth McCallister
1992 Philip Berryman
1991 Daniel Berrigan