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The Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award, an activity of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), is presented annually to an individual or group whose work demonstrates an outstanding witness to gospel values and action on behalf of justice.
Sr. Margaret Cafferty (1935-1997) was an educator, community organizer, and social justice leader who pioneered new models of building community and addressing poverty.
A Presentation Sister, Sr. Cafferty served as executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and was a longtime member of the CCHD subcommittee.
The award was established in 1987 and was called the Development of People Award until 1997, when it was renamed in Sister Margaret Cafferty's honor after her death.
The Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award honors an individual or group who exemplifies a commitment to the development of people and the elimination of poverty in the United States Recipients of this award have made significant contributions to human development and have offered heroic responses to the needs of the economically disadvantaged in the United States.
Nominations may be submitted by a CCHD Diocesan Director, lay or religious parish staff, a CCHD-funded organization, university faculty or staff, a mentor, or a colleague.
The nominator should
submit the nomination form, a one-page recommendation, and up to two pages of
supplementary biographical information, no later than December 15. For
guidelines, please see the nomination form.
National CCHD staff will seek endorsement by the local Catholic bishop prior to selecting recipient. One award recipient will be chosen and notified by January.
In 2018, CCHD will honor the recipient during a plenary event at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, February 3. CCHD will cover the recipient's travel and one overnight stay.
Specific questions can be addressed to Maura Moser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Living Hope Wheelchair Association (Houston, TX)
2016 Lew Finfer and Massachusetts Communities Action Network/MCAN
2015 CCHD Committee of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland)
2014 Fe y Justicia Workers Center (Houston, TX)
2013 Latino Union (Chicago, IL)
2012 Women's Justice Circles of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (Seattle, WA)
2011 Bishop Roger Morin (Biloxi, MS)
2009 Fr. John A. Baumann, S.J., founder of PICO
2008 The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (Immokalee, FL)
2007 Comunidad en Movimiento (Los Angeles, CA)
2006 Craig Cuccia, founder of Café Reconcile (New Orleans, LA)
2005 Msgr. Neil A. Connolly (South Bronx, NY)
2004 Sister Petra Chavez, RSM, founder of CAMINOS (San Francisco, CA)
2003 Peter O'Connor, founder Fair Share Housing Development, Inc. (Cherry Hill, NJ)
2002 Ann Helmke and John Tippmann (Fort Wayne, IN)
2001 Sister Pat Davis, PBVM (San Jose, California)
2000 Sister Teresa Auad, OP (Indiantown, FL)
1998 Sister Charlotte Madigan, CSJ, and Father Ed Flahavan (Minneapolis)
1997 Rocio Escobedo
1996 Young Shin
1995 U.S. Bishops - Economic Justice for All pastoral letter
1994 Mr. David Finks, Mr. Patrick Flood, Father Michael Groden, Bishop John E. McCarthy, Msgr. Geno Baroni – Catholic Committee on Urban Ministry
1993 Sister Margaret Cafferty, PBVM (California)
1992 Mr. Baldemar Velasquez, co-founder Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Texas)
1991 Dr. Albert H. Wheeler (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
1990 Sister Cathy Gorman (Apopka, FL)
1989 Ms. Gale Cincotta (Chicago, IL)
1988 Msgr. John J. Egan (Chicago, IL)
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