University of St. Francis theology professor honored

Longtime University of St. Francis (USF) theology professor, Dr. Daniel Hauser of Bolingbrook, Ill., was honored Nov. 26 with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, or “Cross of Honor” at the Diocese of Joliet’s Year of Faith closing ceremony. This most prestigious honor is a papal award given in recognition of both laypersons and clergy who have given distinguished service to the Church. Medals were conferred upon Hauser and 10 others by the Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet, at Joliet’s Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.

According to USF’s Vice President for Mission Integration, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, OSF, “Dan was recognized as having faithfully served the Diocese of Joliet as a dedicated and outstanding layman. He has contributed greatly to the work of the Diocese through his assistance in the diaconate program, the Newman Institute as a committee member, and as an instructor in our ‘Foundations of Faith’ mini-courses.”

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