Regis Set to Host Faith-Based Award

April 26, 2016

DENVER – Regis University has been chosen to host an international faith-based humanitarian program that awards a $1 million prize annually.

Regis will host the 2017 Opus Prize Foundation Award Ceremony and help in the process of finding a winner. The Opus Prize, which has honored faith-based humanitarian work annually since its inception in 1994, includes a $1 million prize for the winner and two $100,000 runner-up prizes. 

Nominees come from any faith tradition and combine that faith with a spirit of entrepreneurship to tackle many of the globe’s pressing crises. Prize winners display leadership and dedication in helping transform peoples lives, tackling difficult social problems like disease, hunger, poverty and social injustice. 

Regis President John P. Fitzgibbons S.J. said the award personifies Regis’ values as one of the top Jesuit universities in the country.

“The Opus awards exemplifies what this university is about,” Fitzgibbons said. “This is in our DNA. The prize not only expands the faith-based humanitarian efforts of the recipient’s organization, but also inspires others to pursue lives of service. They really answer the question ‘How ought we to live?’”

Previous Opus Prize-winning efforts include helping incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully acclimate back to society; empowering Afghan women and girls through education and health; providing holistic care in Congo to victims of sexual violence and war; and food distribution, nutrition and proper child care for mothers in Malawi.

Each year the Opus Prize Foundation partners with a university to organize and execute the confidential Opus Prize nomination and selection process.  As the partner, Regis will launch a worldwide search for the individuals who will be honored as Opus recipients. The university will rely on its alumni, friends and community members in the search.

Once the finalists are identified, the nominees will be submitted to the Opus Prize jury. The jury will then select three finalists. Finalists work will then be evaluated in the field by members of the jury as well as by Regis students.

Finally, as part of a week-long celebration in November 2017 leading up the to selection of the winner, the three finalists will spend time at Regis so students and faculty can see the work first-hand.

Previous hosts of the award include Jesuit universities Fordham University, Marquette University, Loyola Marymount University, Gonzaga University and Seattle University.

Creighton University is hosting the 2016 award.