Josh Flynt | November 9, 2018
The Notre Dame Alumni Association today announced the inaugural recipients of the Lennon Life Prize, part of the new Chuck and Joan Lennon Gospel of Life Initiative, a set of programs aimed at activating the University’s robust clubs network to be forces for good in upholding the value of life at all stages.
The Notre Dame clubs of Lehigh Valley, Greater Boston, and Indianapolis were selected by a campus committee as recipients of $5,000 prizes, awarded to help sponsor each club’s ideas supporting a wide range of pro-life causes and community organizations. The clubs of Charlotte, Lake County, St. Joseph Valley, Staten Island, and Wichita were named as honorable mention winners and will receive $500 each.
The Lennon Gospel of Life Initiative was co-created with Chuck Lennon, who served as associate vice president of University Relations and executive director of the association for 31 years, and his wife, Joan. Lennon retired in 2011.
In concert with the Catholic Church's longstanding defense of all human life, the Gospel of Life Initiative seeks to provide support to vulnerable populations around the world, and the Lennon Life Prize aims to generate a host of ideas for clubs to impact their local community through the innovative use of funding and involvement of club members.
“We were so pleased to receive such numerous and impactful submissions from our clubs in this first year of awarding the Lennon Life Prize. Our alumni and friend volunteers are the lifeblood of our outreach to the country and the world, and we are incredibly encouraged by so many expressing the desire to be a voice for the voiceless in society,” said Dolly Duffy, executive director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and associate vice president of University Relations.
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