The Catholic University of America

Oct. 24, 2007

$1 Million Opus Prize Winner to Be Announced at Nov. 8 Press Conference

Opus Prize Foundation Catholic University to Present Award Recipient at SOME in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 24, 2007) - At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, The Opus Prize Foundation, in partnership with The Catholic University of America, will announce the winner of the 2007 $1 million faith-based humanitarian Opus Prize at a press conference at SOME, an interfaith charity serving the poor and homeless in the nation's capital. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at CUA's Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

The three finalists for the fourth annual Opus Prize will visit the CUA campus Nov. 6 to 8. Selected for their dedication to transforming the lives of others while working on the front lines of today's most persistent social problems, they are:

Father John Adams

Father John Adams, president of SOME (So Others Might Eat), Washington, D.C., has directed the organization for the past 29 years. Under Father Adams' leadership, SOME has grown from a soup kitchen that served 50 to 60 people daily with a single employee and two volunteers to an organization that serves more than 850 meals a day and offers medical and dental clinics, counseling, addiction treatment and housing to the homeless with a staff of 250 employees and several thousand volunteers.

Brother Constant Goetschalckx

Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., founder and director of AHADI Institute, Tanzania, leads an organization that educates refugees from the war-torn countries of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi by providing post-secondary training for 1,000 via a distance-learning program and instruction for 25,000 students per year studying for their high school diplomas.

Rev. Norberto Carcellar

Homeless People's Federation Philippines, represented by Rev. Norberto Carcellar, C.M., executive director, is an organization that has enabled squatters living on the sprawling Payatas garbage dump in Quezon City, Philippines, to create community savings and credit programs, purchase land, build housing and set up waste disposal and water distribution systems.

The $1 million award will honor an unsung humanitarian hero - defined as an individual or organization - whose driving entrepreneurial spirit and abiding faith are aimed at solving persistent, large-scale social problems. The other two finalists will each receive awards of $100,000.

The Opus Prize Foundation partners with universities, which enables students to meet and interact with the recipients and learn firsthand about social entrepreneurship. The partnering universities are encouraged to integrate the Opus Prize conferral into their curricula. CUA is hosting a series of Opus Prize-related activities including films and presentations in the weeks and days prior to the dinner.

Established in 2004, the Opus Prize is a $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards given annually to recognize unsung heroes - either individuals or organizations - who are working to solve poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, injustice and other social issues. Opus Prize winners combine a driving entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding faith to combat today's most persistent social problems. The prize is awarded by The Opus Prize Foundation, a philanthropic organization affiliated with The Opus Group, and presented by a college or university, giving recipients an opportunity to inspire the next generation. Opus Prize winners are anonymously selected and The Opus Prize Foundation does not accept unsolicited nominations. For more information, visit

To view videos about the Opus Prize finalists, see

MEDIA are invited to attend the 10 a.m. press conference, which will be held at SOME's Dining Room for the Homeless, 71 O St., N.W., Washington, D.C., and to cover the dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m., both on Thursday, Nov. 8. Reporters who would like to attend the events should contact Katie Lee or Carolyn Parsons.

NOTE: Photos of the three finalists are available on request.

Media Contacts:
Katie Lee, The Catholic University of America
202-319-5600 (office)
Carolyn Parsons, The Opus Prize Foundation
952-346-6318 (office)
651-208-9931 (mobile)