Kenneth Hallenius | May 2, 2018
The University of Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture presented the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to Harvard Law School professor and former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon at a Mass and banquet on Saturday (April 28).
The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, named for St. John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on life issues, is the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement, honoring individuals whose efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of human life by steadfastly affirming and defending its sanctity from its earliest stages.
In his homily at the Evangelium Vitae Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades praised Glendon’s lifetime of witness as a fruit of her Christian faith. “Professor Mary Ann Glendon’s intelligent and courageous witness to the Gospel in her profession and in her generous service of the Church is undoubtedly a fruit of her communion with Jesus,” he said. “May the Lord bless Professor Mary Ann Glendon and all of us as we celebrate the Gospel of Life this evening.”
The medal presentation took place at a banquet that filled the university’s South Dining Hall with more than 450 friends, family, faculty and students. In his remarks at the banquet, center director O. Carter Snead praised Glendon as a personal hero and mentor, and reflected that the annual Evangelium Vitae Medal celebration represents the heart of Notre Dame’s mission in and to the world. “Look around you tonight, at this room filled with students, faculty and friends, gathered to celebrate life and human dignity,” he said. “This is Notre Dame.”