The Paulist Center Boston
Isaac Hecker Award

The 2013 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice was presented on Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at 5pm to:

Sr. Florence Deacon

Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, President, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, on behalf of the Women Religious of LCWR congregations for their active engagement in efforts promoting social, economic, and earth justice.                  

LCWR congregations have been active in social justice work over many years in their efforts to abolish human Trafficking, to protect the environment and treat the earth responsibly, to secure universal access to healthcare, to develop stockholder resolutions to promote just corporate actions and for bringing the issue of immigration to the forefront as an important social justice issue.  The LCWR has strongly supported the Dream Act and an end to state laws that have families living in fear.  The Women Religious of the United States have taught us to pray, educated us on how to live and work in our ever-changing world, nursed our sick and old, cared for our abandoned, reached out to all the marginalized, and taught us how to respect the dignity of all.  They have, in sum, shown us how Jesus might live in our world today. Like Isaac Hecker, they have worked tirelessly to foster the growth and development of American Catholicism, showing us what a socially just society would look like.  We congratulate Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, and all women religious of the LCWR, for the 2013 Isaac Hecker Social Justice Award! 

Information and Nomination Guidelines

Since 1974, the Paulist Center Community has presented the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice to an outstanding North American Catholic. Recipients of the award have included locally and nationally recognized women and men -- lay people, sisters, priests, and bishops. Some have been involved in direct service to those in need, others in advocacy work and the transformation of structures and institutions. Many of the recipients have been committed to both these dimensions of social action. Most of them overtly and directly connected their faith and action. All have been committed to building a more just and peaceful world. Please view our list of past recipients.

Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, was particularly concerned with the growth and development of American Catholicism. Isaac Hecker and the early Paulists devoted themselves to mission preaching, communication of the Word of God. Hecker's spirituality involved looking to the heart, listening to the Spirit, and living in America. The Award was named to honor Isaac Hecker.

Typical nominations, from Paulist Center Community Members, are 5-10 pages in length, with a cover letter expressing the specific reasons for which they nominate the person(s).

Nominations include:

  • Biographical information with details pertinent to your nomination.
  • Detailed description of nominee's social justice activities or project; include how the nominee calls the Paulist Center to further its social mission.
  • Supportive information abut other social justice activities in which the nominee has been involved, e.g., articles about or by nominee.
  • Names and contact information of two references.


The Committee has only your written nomination upon with to consider your nominee. Please contact the Center for this year's nomination deadline.







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