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Donald Senior, CP, Recipient of Freedom Award

September 17, 2013

For Immediate Release

CTU President Emeritus Donald Senior, CP, to be awarded the
Daniel O’Connell and Frederick Douglass Freedom Award

CHICAGO, [September 5, 2013] All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland, has chosen the Rev. Donald Senior, CP, president emeritus of Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, as the recipient of the 2013 Daniel O’Connell and Frederick Douglass Irish American Freedom Award. Fr. Senior is being honored for his long-standing commitment and work in the area of justice and ethical leadership. Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, will present the award.

In receiving notification of the award, Fr. Senior said, “I am truly honored to receive the first ever Daniel O’Connell and Frederick Douglass Irish American Award from All Hallows College.  Who could think of two more extraordinary champions of justice and freedom than these two men—their common commitment spanning the spirit between two great lands.  And to receive this award from a great institution of Catholic high learning such as All Hallows College makes it a very special moment for me.”

The award is named after two men from different countries, generations, cultures and races. Daniel O’Connell advocated for Catholic emancipation in Ireland in the 19th century and was a fierce opponent to slavery in all its forms throughout the world. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, scholar and leader of the abolitionist movement in the United States, traveled to Ireland in 1845 and formed a friendship with O’Connell.

The presentation of the award will take place at the Second Annual All Hallows College Benefit which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 2-6 p.m. at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest. The benefit raises funds for the Irish-American Scholarship, which offers Chicagoland students a study abroad experience in Dublin, and the Michael J. Broderick Memorial Endowment, which provides support for recreation and athletic equipment and services to the students of All Hallows. Further details on the event can be found at

All Hallows College is a Catholic and Vincentian institution of higher education with strong multicultural and interfaith outreach. Recently, All Hallows and CTU formed a special relationship in a number of areas including access to online courses, library collaboration, and opportunities for study programs in Ireland. The president of All Hallows College is the Rev. Patrick J. McDevitt, CM, a Chicagoan who had formerly served at DePaul University.

About Catholic Theological Union in Chicago’s Hyde ParkCTU’s mission is to prepare effective leaders for the Church, ready to witness to Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace. Founded in 1968, CTU has grown into the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States. Its nearly 3,600 lay and religious graduates serve in more than 65 countries.