2016 Servant of Justice Award Winner

Tom Ulrich

Tom Ulrich is the 2016 Servant of Justice Award winner. Please join us at the Omni Hotel in Washington D.C. January 25, 2016 to celebrate.

“Tom Ulrich has done it all, building experience and contributing to the understanding of and engagement with the Church’s social mission at so many levels: from community organizing to organizational consulting; from diocesan-level leadership to key roles at national organizations (Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Campaign for Human Development). More recently, his skills and organizational management have extended to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps whose efforts connect the service of elderly men and women to the needs of our sisters and brothers living in poverty.

There are few who are as well-rounded and committed to the mission of Catholic social teaching. In all of these settings and around the country, Tom is known for his presentation skills, his depth of knowledge on how to move people in the pews from thought to action as well as his openness and warmth, his savvy and smarts. The combination of these characteristics – coupled with his heartwarming, if not unapologetically sappy, stories of his grandchildren – both inspire and motivate those who encounter him.” Statement of Tom’s colleagues at CRS.

In honor of its 25th year, The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors, in addition to the Fagan Award which has been awarded since 1987, implemented a second award- The Roundtable Servant of Justice Award. The Servant of Justice Award honors a Roundtable member or former member who has made unique contributions to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in her/his diocese or
region. The criteria for being selected as a recipient of this award include:

Their work will:
• have made an impact on significant numbers of persons, or set a precedent or example which affected many
• have led to progress toward eliminating social, economic, or political injustice or discrimination
• have led to progress toward guaranteeing basic human dignity and rights as defined in Catholic social teaching

They will have shown evidence of linking faith and justice, in light of Catholic social teaching, through education which leads to action (advocacy, empowerment, and organizing) on issues, policies, or social structures that contribute to the building of God’s kingdom on earth.

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