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Donald Senior, CP, Recipient of Order of Lincoln Award

President Emeritus receives state's highest honor

On February 12, 2014, the Office of the Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, announced this year's recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor for professional achievement and public service. President Emeritus Donald Senior, CP, was named in recognition of his contributions as, "...a world class theologian, for 23 years the President of the Catholic Theological Union, the nation's largest Roman Catholic graduate school of ministry." In the statement, also mentioned were Fr. Senior's contributions as general editor of the Catholic Study Bible, editor-in-chief of the journal The Bible Today, and co-editor of the New Interpreters Study Bible.

"This recognition is the highest award the state of Illinois can bestow on its most distinguished citizens, either by birth or residence, who have brought honor to the state by their achievements," Governor Quinn said. "They have made the world a better place, and it is our privilege to honor them. President Lincoln would be proud." 

Other recipients of the Order of Lincoln award include: John A. Canning, Jr., Michael Krzyzewski, Newton N. Minow, Bernard Rands and Augusta Read Thomas, and Glenn F. Tilton. The Order of Lincoln will be presented at the 50th Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois at the Field Museum of Chicago on May 3, 2014. The ceremony and short interviews with the honorees will be converted into a PBS documentary to be shown on all PBS stations across Illinois later in the year.