At the invitation of Catholic University’s president, a high-profile jury met at a downtown Washington, D.C., hotel on March 23 to select three finalists for a $1 million humanitarian prize.
In partnership with the Opus Prize Foundation, CUA will be presenting the $1 million Opus Prize to one individual and $100,000 awards to two finalists at a ceremony and dinner that will be held Nov. 8 in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
The jurors who agreed to serve at the request of Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., were Librarian of Congress James Billington; CNN News Anchor Wolf Blitzer; Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association; Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C.; National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm; NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Timothy Russert; Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver; ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos; Saint Vincent College President James Towey; and former Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams.
Earlier, individuals with expertise in humanitarian issues had submitted detailed nominations of candidates for the prize. The jury selected three finalists, whose names will be made public later this summer. All three will come to Catholic University for the awards ceremony and will participate in other campus programs with students, faculty and staff.
The Opus Prize is awarded annually to an unsung hero from anywhere in the world who combines an abiding faith with an entrepreneurial spirit to combat such dire social problems as poverty, illiteracy, hunger and disease. This prize is given to support the recipient’s nonprofit organization and to inspire the next generation of humanitarian social entrepreneurs. It is funded by the Opus Prize Foundation, a philanthropy founded by the Opus Group real estate development company.
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