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Patron Benefit Tickets

The Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala

Support the Inaugural Pope Leo XIII Award Fundraising Gala which will honor his Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan.
The evening will feature the renowned Catholic author and speaker, Fr. James Martin, S.J.
(e.g., Building a Bridge, My Life With the Saints, Jesus: A Pilgrimage), 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
Best Seating in Proximity to Guest of Honor after Sponsorships Included
Mention in Gala Program Included
Invitation to Guest of Honor Reception Included

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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 Dolan – Our 2018 Award Recipient


Timothy Michael Dolan (born February 6, 1950) is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dolan serves as the tenth and current Archbishop of New York. Dolan served as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2010 to 2013.  During this time he was granted the titular position as Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario (English: Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mount Mario) in Rome. Dolan is widely known for his conservative values and charismatic media personality. He previously served as Archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009, preceded by service as an Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis from 2001 to 2002. Time named Dolan one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” for 2012 (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.