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St. Catherine University, in partnership with the Opus Prize Foundation, is proud to host the 2012 Opus Prize awards ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Now in its ninth year, the Opus Prize collaborates with a Catholic university whose values resonate with those of the foundation, particularly "transformational leadership" and "service to others."

A steering committee chartered by President Andrea Lee, IHM, and comprised of St. Catherine faculty, staff and the Student Senate president took the lead in finding and vetting 24 nominees from around the world for the prestigious award. A distinguished panel of jurors, chaired by Sister Andrea, culled the nominations from the steering committee's slate of 10 to the final three to be considered for the $1 million prize and two additional $100,000 prizes.

Teams of students, professors and staff from St. Catherine University joined Opus Prize Foundation board members for due diligence visits to the three finalist locations — Brazil, Bolivia and Haiti — over the spring and summer.

The finalists will visit St. Catherine University from Nov. 6 to 9 to attend classes, engage with students and dialogue with members of the campus community in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. The award event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in The O'Shaughnessy. An ASL interpreter will be present for the ceremony.

Opus Prize Schedule of Events

Events listed are open to the public

Thursday, November 8
4:30–5:45 p.m. — Mass, Our Lady of Victory Chapel
6:00–7:10 p.m. — Dinner, on your own in lower-level dining room
7:30 p.m. — Awards ceremony, The O’Shaughnessy

The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems.

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Teaching One to Fish
  • Faith That Is Lived Each Day
  • Service to Others
  • Unsung Heroes
  • Dignity of the Human Person
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Save the Date

The Opus Prize Foundation and St. Catherine University
2012 Opus Prize Ceremony and Celebration
Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

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