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December 1, 2007

$1 Million Opus Prize Inspires CUA Community

By Catherine Lee

Catholic University welcomed the three finalists for this year's $1 million humanitarian Opus Prize for several days of events during the week of Nov. 5. Students, faculty and staff turned out at the events to meet Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., founder and director of the AHADI International Institute in Tanzania; Rev. John Adams, president of SOME (So Others Might Eat) in Washington, D.C.; and Rev. Norberto Carcellar, C.M., executive director of the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines. CUA celebrated the week with a public discussion, two Masses, a service opportunity, and, finally, a dinner and awards ceremony at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, where Brother Stan, as he is known, accepted the $1 million award on behalf of AHADI. The photos below chronicle a memorable week in CUA history. For more photos of Opus-related events and the Opus dinner, click here
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Clockwise from left: Brother Stan and Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, meet for the first time on Nov. 6. Later that day, Father Carcellar speaks at a noontime discussion event at the Pryzbyla Center, where students ask questions and engage in conversation with the finalists. Father John talks about his work at SOME. James Zabora, dean of CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service, moderates the discussion.




Clockwise from right: Brother Stan gives a reflection during the Nov. 6 evening Mass at The House in Caldwell Hall, while Campus Ministry Director Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., Father Carcellar and students listen.




Clockwise from left: On the morning of Nov. 8, Brother Stan and Father Carcellar join Father Adams and students from CUA in serving breakfast to the poor in SOME's dining room. After breakfast, Father Adams talks with CUA students about service. Later that morning, the three Opus Prize finalists are introduced to the media at a press conference and the $1 million awardee is announced. At the press conference, Amy Sunderland of the Opus Prize Foundation presents Father Adams with his award certificate. Father Carcellar and his colleagues Ruby C. Papeleras (middle) and Sonia Cadornigara share the Homeless People's Federation’s award certificate. Sunderland presents Brother Stan with a ceremonial check for $1 million.




Above left: Father Carcellar and his colleagues from the Homeless People's Federation Philippines have lunch on Nov. 7 with members of FOCUS (Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students). Above right: The group representing the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines joins Fred Ahearn, professor of social work (second from left), for a presentation on the federation's work Nov. 8 at CUA's Columbus School of Law.




Clockwise from top left: CUA students, faculty and staff fill St. Vincent’s Chapel for Mass on the afternoon of Nov. 8. Father O’Connell and other priests, including two of the finalists, concelebrate the Mass. That evening, CUA music school students perform at the dinner. Father O’Connell presents Father Adams and Brother Stan with their Opus Prize medallions and joins in applause for Father Carcellar. Associate Campus Minister Emmjolee Mendoza Waters serves as mistress of ceremonies at the dinner. CUA seniors Anthony Buatti, Tori Engelstad and Jonathon Meyer, who first met the finalists last summer and introduced them at the awards dinner, smile for a photo.


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