The University of St. Francis in Joliet is seeking nominations for its Spirit of Saints
Francis and Clare Award, which recognizes persons who provide living examples of the
Franciscan values embraced by the institution.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must be residents of the state of Illinois and be
living examples of the university’s values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Service.
Preference is given to nominees who contribute to the cause of peace and mercy and/or provide
service to those in need, according to Sr. Rosemary Small, vice president of Mission and
Ministry. The award is open to individuals of all religions.
The Spirit of Saints Francis and Clare Award is named for the university’s patrons, St.
Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, both of whom lived in the 13th century.
Recent recipients include The Most Rev. Roger L. Kaffer, retired auxiliary bishop,
Diocese of Joliet; William J. Appleby Purcell, director, Office for Peace and Justice, Archdiocese
of Chicago; Rev. Mr. George Brooks, director of Advocacy at Kolbe House, Archdiocese of
Chicago; Sr. Patricia Downey, OP (Adrian), Rockford Diocese; and Mary Ellen Durbin, executive
director, People’s Resource Center, Diocese of Joliet.
The deadline for nominations is Nov. 2. The recipient is required to attend the
university’s Winter Commencement on Jan. 16, 2010 for the award presentation. To submit a
nomination, visit https://www.stfrancis.edu/nominate for the necessary forms.
For more information, call (815) 740-3827.