Dear IPS Alumni,
It is our sincere hope that this letter finds you well. We are contacting you as fellow Loyola University Chicago alumni and members of the Development Committee of the Institute of Pastoral Studies Advisory Council. In brief, we are seeking your assistance in identifying outstanding IPS alumni as candidates for the Damen Award.
The Damen Award is an annual award, named for Arnold J. Damen, S.J., one of the founders of Loyola University Chicago. It is bestowed on alumni from every school and college at LUC to recognize their exemplary leadership and service to others. The most recent Institute of Pastoral Studies honoree for 2016 was Sr. Norma S. Pimentel (MA’95), a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus and executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. Sr. Pimentel’s ministry has been devoted to serving people in need and advocating for justice in social structures. Pope Francis has praised her ministry to immigrants and refugees on the U.S. southern border. Click here or see below to learn more about past nominees.
Loyola’s IPS has been educating students for ministry for more than 50 years and alumni are geographically scattered near and far. As a result, many IPS alumni, along with their ministry and accomplishments, are unknown to us or current faculty and staff. We need you to raise our awareness of inspiring alumni whose commitment and service deserve recognition and honor. A likely candidate is someone who graduated from an IPS program more than a few years ago and has shown outstanding ministerial leadership and service to Church and beyond.
We invite you to nominate IPS alumni for the 2017 Damen Award by completing this short form online with the name, a description of their work and accomplishments, and why you think they deserve this award. Deadline is November 29, 2016.
Thank you, in advance, for participating in this search and nomination process. Through the Damen Award, IPS’ outstanding alumni will be recognized for their leadership and service, and the honor they bring to their alma mater. We look forward to learning from you and celebrating the extraordinary lives and service of our fellow alumni.
Peace and Blessings,
The Development Committee of the Institute of Pastoral Studies Advisory Council
Nancy Braund Boruch (MBA ’79, MPS ’02)
Donna Gawlas (BS ’75, MPS ’88)
Laura Howard (MPS ’01, MDiv ’07)
Meredith Onion (MSIR ’87, MDiv ’13)
Beth Reece (MDiv ’10)
Institute of Pastoral Studies Damen Awardees
2008 – Dr. Terrance P. McGuire, MPS ‘02
2009 – Rich F. Clark, MRE ’78
2010 – Ms. Shirley A. Giacomi, MPS ’98, MDiv ‘ 02
2011 – Sr. Maura Twohig, MA ’95
2011 – Sr. Mary M. Daly, MA ’95
2012 – Joseph Paprocki, BA ’81, MPS ’85
2013 – Rev. Jimmie L. Flewellen, MPS ‘83
2014 – Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, MPS ‘82
2015 – Pam Coster, MRE ’02
2016 – Sr. Norma Pimentel, MAPC ’95