Honoree will be awarded $1 million humanitarian award
October 06, 2017
Regis University will announce the $1 million Opus Prize winner at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Hyatt Regency, 650 15th St., Denver. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony. The public is invited to attend this free event.
The Opus Prize recognizes those working to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. On Wednesday night, one nonprofit will receive $1 million and two each will receive $100,000 awards.
“The Opus Prize exemplifies what this University is about,” said Regis University President Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J. “This is in our DNA.”
Regis blue will light the exterior of the Denver City & County Building at 1437 Bannock St. from Oct. 7 through Oct. 13 to honor the Opus Prize and the University’s 140th anniversary, which is Nov. 5.
Regis will host several public events during the week:
- Community Mass: 11 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Oct. 8, St. John Francis Regis Chapel.
- A Call to Leadership Engagement Luncheon: 12 to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9, St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall.
- An Interfaith Service and Shared Celebration of Prayer: 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, St. John Francis Regis Chapel.
- Local Community Engagement Program: 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, St. John Francis Regis Chapel, with an 8 to 9 p.m. reception at St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall.
All events will be held at the Regis University Northwest Denver Campus, 3333 Regis Blvd., Denver 80221. Make reservations for any of these free public events at www.bit.ly/2017OpusPrizeCommunityEvents.
The Opus Prize is given in partnership with a Catholic university each year to faith-based social entrepreneurs from around the world. Laureates may represent any faith tradition. Twelve Opus Prizes have been awarded since 2004.
As the 2017 partner, Regis collected nominations and formed a jury comprising nonprofit and faith leaders who selected the three finalists. Teams of Regis students, faculty members and Opus Prize officials then traveled to the finalists’ communities to confirm the merits of their organizations.
The 2017 Opus Prize finalists are:
Sister Marilyn Lacey, Mercy Beyond Borders, South Sudan and Haiti
Sister Marilyn Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 after a visit to Sudan where she saw what she described as “by far the most devastated place” she’d ever experienced during her decades of work with refugees worldwide. With operations in South Sudan and Haiti, Mercy Beyond Borders brings hope to more than 1,400 women and girls annually by providing educational, economic and empowerment opportunities where there are few options to escape extreme poverty.
Sister Stan Terese Mumuni, Nazareth Home for God’s Children, Ghana
After years of missionary work in West Africa, Sister Stan Terese Mumuni founded the Nazareth Home for God’s Children in 2009 to serve one of the most vulnerable populations in Ghana: “spirit children.” Certain communities believe children who are born with physical, mental or behavioral disabilities are bad omens and must be cast out or even killed. Sister Stan takes in these innocents and raises them with tenderness and love, providing the sustenance and care they need to thrive.
Dr. Jason Reinking and Dr. Noha Aboelata, Roots Community Health Clinic, Oakland, California
Dr. Noha Aboelata is the founder and CEO of Roots Community Health Center. Dr. Jason Reinking serves as a physician on the Street Outreach Medical Program (STOMP), a branch of Roots Community Health Clinic that brings health care to impoverished people living on the streets of Oakland. Reinking and Aboelata are pioneering flexible medical services designed to meet the needs of the homeless, who often are unaware of their health care options or resist traditional brick-and-mortar clinics. STOMP is building relationships with a distrustful demographic by meeting underserved men and women where they are and healing them without judgment.
Join us next week to engage in dialogue and service with these successful leaders of nonprofits who are changing our world.
To learn more about the Opus Prize, go to regis.edu/opus.
Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.