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Donald Senior, CP, receives "Order of Lincoln" Award

Illinois' highest award given May 3, 2014

May 5, 2014

CTU President Emeritus Donald Senior, CP, was awarded the Order of Lincoln by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois in recognition of his professional accomplishments as a theologian and scholar and his years of public service, on May 3, 2014, in Chicago. Fellow 2014 Laureates are: John A. Canning, Jr.; The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton; Michael Krzyzewski; Newton N. Minow; Bernard Rands and Augusta Read Thomas; and Glenn F. Tilton.

Laureates received their award from The Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois. The Honorable Anne M. Burke, Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and also a member of the CTU Board of Trustees, delivered the Invocation. The Citation for Fr. Senior was read by Lincoln Academy Regent, the Rev. Stanely L. Davis, Jr., who is also the Co-Executive Director of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC). Fr. Senior recently completed his tenure as president of CRLMC.

The Order of Lincoln was established in 1964 to honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of humanity have been accomplished in Illinois, or whose achievements have brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether by birth or residence. 

In his remarks, Fr. Senior noted that the city of Chicago has shown a special dedication to the fostering of interreligious dialogue, particularly among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions. Although Fr Senior was born in Philadelphia, Chicago has been his home since 1972 when he became a faculty member of Catholic Theological Union. Over the years, his renowned scholarship, which has made Scripture study accessible to theologians, students, and interested persons alike around the globe; his leadership in trips to the Holy Land for scores of groups, including persons with disabilities; his support in establishing The Bernardin Center, located at CTU, which furthers peacemaking efforts among Christians, Jews and Muslims; and his 23-year presidency of Catholic Theological Union, one of the largest graduate schools of theology and ministry in the United States, made Fr. Senior a worthy recipient of this very special award.

Click here to download the remarks given by Donald Senior, CP, at the award ceremony.