The inspiration for this annual dinner has been the beautiful and challenging words of Jesus’ beatitude, “Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Each year Catholic Theological Union is privileged to honor people from all faith traditions and walks of life who exemplify the spirit of that blessing.

2019 HONOREES

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

Catholic Theological Union is honored to bestow this, our highest honor to Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, who has worked for over 30 years to spark meaningful and necessary dialogue about the abolition of the death penalty. In addition to organizing execution vigils and marches to draw attention to the issue, Sr. Helen founded a support group for victims’ family members, and eventually wrote the book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. Read Sr. Helen Prejean's Citation.

Rev. John J. Wall

Catholic Theological Union is honored to bestow our annual Diakonia Award to Rev. John J. Wall, who represents an exceptional model of “pastor” to the Church here in Chicago and across the country. His leadership in the Archdiocese and with Catholic Extension has been a gift to Catholics everywhere, and there are few priests in the nation who have made such a breadth and depth of impact on the worldwide Church. Read Rev. John J. Wall's Citation.

HOST COMMITTEE

Annonymous

Sheila and Bob Berner

The Crown Family

Cate and Jim Denny

 

Denise and Gerry Fitzgerald

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Joan and Andy McKenna

Daniel R. Murray and Jenner & Block LLP

Carolyn NoonanParmer

Shirley and Pat Ryan

Carole and Gordon Segal

2019 TRUSTEE DINNER SPONSORS

SPECIAL HOST

Anonymous

Sheila and Bob Berner

The Crown Family

Cate and Jim Denny

Denise and Gerry Fitzgerald

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Joan and Andy McKenna

Daniel R. Murray and Jenner & Block LLP

Carolyn Noonan Parmer

Shirley and Pat Ryan

Carole and Gordon Segal

 

PEACE

DePaul University

GCM Grosvenor

Beverly and Warren Hayford

Mike Murphy

Rev. Donald Senior, CP

Sharon and Tom Taylor

Fr. Jack Wall, Catholic Extension

 

DOVE

Jan E. and Francis J. Bomher Family

Tom and Mary Douglass Brown

Capuchin Franciscan Province of Saint Joseph

Claretian Missionaries

Clerics of St. Viator

The Congregation of the Passion,

Holy Cross Province

DOVE (continued)
Canons Regular of Premontre

Rosemary and John Croghan

Kittie and Bill Devers

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Franciscan Friars Assumption, Blessed Virgin Mary Province

Franciscan Friars, Holy Name Province

Barbara and Michael Heaton

Helen Brach Foundation

Kay and Fred Krehbiel

Kathleen and James Lubawski

Holly and John Madigan

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers

Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Cincinnati Province

Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province

Katherine and Oliver Nicklin

Tom and Mary Owens

William H. Sadlier, Inc.

Society of the Divine Word, Chicago Province

Patty and Rich Tilghman

Bonnie and Fidelis N. Umeh

Mrs. Charles R. Walgreen III

Pat and Bob Wheeler

Joan and Peter Wrenn

 

OLIVE BRANCH

Colomban Fathers

Congregation of St. Joseph

Friar Servants of Mary (Servites)

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS PREVIOUS HONOREES

2018    Archbishop Christophe Pierre

2017    Ms. Monica McWilliams

2016    25th Anniversary of Trustee Dinner

2015    Dr. Paul Farmer

2014    Rev. Donald Senior, CP

2013    Mrs. Mary McAleese

2012    Mrs. Renée and Mr. Lester Crown Mrs. Shirley and Mr. Pat Ryan

2011    Monsignor Kenneth Velo

2010    Dr. Miguel Díaz

2009    The Jo and Newton Minow Family

2008    The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

2007    Senator John C. Danforth

2006    Mr. Jean Vanier

2005    One Voice Movement

2004    The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

2003    Mr. Steven Spielberg

2002    Cardinal Walter Kasper

2001    Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan

2000    Mr. John Hume

1999    Ms. Leah Rabin z”l

1998    Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC †

1997    Bishop Raymond E. Goedert, D.D.

1996    Ms. Eunice Kennedy Shriver † Mr. R. Sargent Shriver, Jr. †

1995    Monsignor Michel Sabbah

1994    Mr. Kenneth Woodward

1993    Sr. Rosemary Connelly, RSM

1992    Ms. Margaret Roach

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