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May 01, 2013

Catholic Theological Union was pleased to confer its 2013 Blessed are the Peacemakers Award on Mary McAleese, Eighth President of Ireland, for her efforts in promoting reconciliation in the North and South of Ireland.

On April 17, over 400 guests gathered at the Hilton Chicago for the annual Blessed are the Peacemakers dinner to celebrate the esteemed 2013 recipient.

CTU also inaugurated a special recognition award for outstanding local leaders who have given exemplary service to our community. Diakonia is the Greek word for service used in the New Testament. The first recipient of the Diakonia Award was James J. O'Connor for his extraordinary leadership of the Big Shoulders Fund, which provides support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner city Chicago.

Mary McAleese spoke to CTU students during a community forum.  Click here to view her remarks.