All Hallows College Third Annual Vincentian Charism Awards Ceremony
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
The recipient of this year’s award is Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for his leadership in addressing child protection within the Catholic Church. In his commitment to this mission and determination to bring closure and comfort to the victims of childhood sexual abuse, Archbishop Martin demonstrated the Vincentian ideals of leadership, social justice and service to the community.
The Vincentian Charism Award is All Hallows’ highest honour, conferred to individuals who, through their work, their vision or their generosity exemplify the spirit of St Vincent de Paul in addressing needs within the human family through advocacy or changing systems that work against true and full freedom. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s courageous leadership has systemically changed attitudes and policies within our local, national and international church. Most importantly, the Archbishop’s pastoral leadership has brought safety to our children and healing to our people.
The awards ceremony was followed by the President’s Dinner, attended by 100 distinguished guests – both national and international – from religious, business, political media and academic circles.
In hosting this awards ceremony All Hallows continues the college’s proud tradition of over 170 years of values-based education and service to society.
The Louise de Marillac award presented to a Staff Member
Besides the Vincent de Paul award, the College also presents the Louise de Marillac award. This is given to a member of staff who has made a significant contribution to the life of the College. In past years, recipients were Moya Curran OP and Dessie Cahill. This year, the award goes to Dorrie Balfe OP.
Dorrie has been a member of the All Hallows College staff for 25 years, beginning her career in All Hallows as a student on the Pastoral Theology Course. In the intervening years, she held almost every possible position: coordinator of the BA; Director of the MA/Grad Dip in Holistic Development; Coordinator of the MA in Social Justice and Public Policy; Coordinator of the MA in Ecology and Religion; Director of Pastoral Theology on the BA and an extremely gifted facilitator. Dorrie is now the college’s first Director of Mission and Values.
In November 2012 the four esteemed awardees chosen to receive the Vincentian Charism Award were Senator Martin McAleese, Maurice Healy, Kelly O’Brien & Dessie Cahill. Senator McAleese was recognised for his work with the peace process in Ireland, Maurice Healy was recognised for exemplifying the spirit of college Founder St Vincent de Paul by demonstrating ideals of leadership, social justice, and service to the community and for his humanitarian work in Africa and Haiti. Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Economic Development Kelly O’Brien also received the St Vincent de Paul International Vincentian Charism Award in recognitions for her work in in economic development both in the public and private sectors in the U.S. including her service on the U.S. Board of Directors for the college and Dessie Cahill was recognised for his outstanding contribution to All Hallows
‘This award is aimed specifically at honouring the person whom we believe – by their outstanding human qualities, vision, resourcefulness, and compassion and warmth of personality – are doing most to best reflect the spirit and qualities of our founder St Vincent de Paul’ said All Hallows College President Patrick McDevitt, C.M., Ph.D. ‘Vincent de Paul is the universal patron of charity. Vincent was deeply disturbed by the abject misery of people who lived in poverty. Like our award recipients, he was motivated by the urgency to do something to change the situation.’
In the inaugural year of the Awards 2011 awards were bestowed on Dr Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University, Chicago, for his dedication to good governance and leadership in higher education and Catholic higher education. Michael Carey, entrepreneur, leader, motivator, changemaker, for his enthusiastic perseverance, through the Soul of Haiti Foundation, in establishing projects that can make a major contribution towards the creation of a positive environment for the development of enterprise, and Moya Curran, OP, for her commitment to teaching and development of teaching for ministry for over 60 years. Images 2011