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Unity Award

Every year, in honor of what is now our Unity Gala, we honor an individual or organization who has exemplified the spirit of bringing people together and making the Gospel present - as St. Josaphat gave his life in this effort - with the St. Josaphat Unity Award. The Award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is presented at the Unity Gala Kickoff Mass in February.


The guidelines for nominations for the Unity Award are that the individual or organization is within the Chicagoland area, is either a Catholic or Catholic-related undertaking, and usually serving part of the under-served members of the community. We invite you to submit your recommendations to the Unity Award Committee.

The 2018 Unity Award recipient will be announced soon!

Nominations for the 2019 Unity Award are accepted through October 2019.  CLICK HERE to nominate!

Past Award Winners include

2017:  Franciscans of the Eucharist Community at Our Lady of the Angels Mission

2016:  Catholic Office for the Deaf

2015:  Harmony, Hope and Healing

2014:  Hope Program of St. Pius V Parish

2013:  Lincoln Park Community Shelter

2012:  Lakeview Pantry

2011:  San Jose Obrero Mission

2010:  The St. Vincent DePaul Center

2009:  Mrs. Patricia Smuck for Her Ecumenical Work

2008:  Maria Elena Jonas, Immigration Aid Center

2007:  Matthew Lynch and the Chicago Jesuit Academy ($7,500)

2006:  Little Sisters of the Poor ($5,000)

2005:  Deacon Tom and Rita Lambert (Award only)

2004:  Fr. Bruce Wellem (Award only)

2003:  The Courage Program and Maureen Shields (Award only)


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