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The Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala

Support the Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala which will honor his Eminence Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap.
The evening will feature the renowned Catholic author and speaker, Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, who will deliver the keynote speech.
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Patron Benefit Tickets for The Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala

Patron Benefit Tickets $450 pp
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About the Pope Leo XIII Award

The Pope Leo XIII Award is administered by the Leo House Board of Directors through its Board Selection Committee. The award seeks to recognize Catholic clergy, religious and lay persons or organizations who best embody the ideals and values most cherished by the late Pontiff. The award also recognizes those who have served faithfully to advance and enhance the pontifical legacy and heritage of Leo XIII. The Pope Leo XIII Award remains the only national award in the United States honoring the name of a pontiff.

About His Eminence Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, O.F.M., CAP. – Our 2018 Award Recipient

Cardinal Sean O'Malley

Seán Patrick O’Malley was born on June 29, 1944 in Lakewood, Ohio to Theodore and Mary Louise O’Malley. He is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church serving as the Archbishop of Boston. O’Malley is a member of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin. He was elevated to cardinalate in 2006. He was considered a papal contender to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned in February 28, 2013, until Pope Francis was chosen on March 13, 2013.

On April 13th, 2013, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal O’Malley as one of eight Cardinals of the Council of Cardinal Advisers to help the Pope govern the Catholic Church and reform its central administration. On January 14, 2017, Pope Francis appointed O’Malley as a full board member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. (Wikipedia.org).

History of The Pope Leo XIII Award

The origin of the Pope Leo XIII Award in the United States connects to the Archdiocese of Chicago and Bishop Bernard J. Sheil (1888-1969). Sheil, founder of the Catholic Youth Organization (“CYO”) in 1930, devised and initiated the award. After Bishop Sheil’s death, the Award continued until 1978 when it was discontinued. No Pope Leo XIII Award has been presented in the United States since that time.

In early 2017, Fr. James Hyde of the Archdiocese of Chicago, happened upon the history of the dormant Pope Leo XIII Award in archival documents. In staying at the Leo House in New York City, the Catholic guesthouse named in honor of Pope Leo XIII, Father Hyde spoke with Leo House Executive Director David J. Smith. The suggestion was made to “resurrect” the former Chicago-based award and to present it annually. The award is now tailored to, and under the auspices of, the Leo House of New York City.

About Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903) is the oldest serving Pope to date (reigning until his death at age 93). In addition, he holds the third longest pontificate behind Pope Pius IX and Saint John Paul II. Due to his issuing eleven Papal encyclicals on the subject of the rosary, he is known as the “Rosary Pope.” Championing intellectualism, he attempted to define the Catholic Church in modern thinking. He inspired the Catholic faith in the youth around the world. Standing up for the rights of workers, he supported fair wages, safe working conditions and the formation of unions. Pope Leo influenced Roman Catholic Mariology, or the systematic study of the person of Mary, mother of Jesus. Pope Leo XIII was a tireless friend and protector of German immigrants arriving in the United States, specifically in New York.