ABOUT THE AWARD
The Curé of Ars Award, established by the Seminary's Board of Trustees in 1985, honors individuals whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney.
St. John Vianney was a parish priest of Ars, France, and in 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests that they might emulate the compassion and self-giving of this simple man.
This award is presented annually to persons or organizations whose qualities include a particular attention to healing those in need of God's reconciling love, a willingness to contribute their gifts towards pastoral care - especially for the needy and poor - and a commitment to the Church as a primary instrument of the divine-human encounter. Charity, special attention to the poor, ecclesial commitment, an integrity and simplicity of life, and a history of enriching the local Catholic community with leadership - these are among the standards of excellence sought for in each recipient.
Past Recipients of the Curé of Ars Award
1985 Most Rev. Edward D. Head, D.D.
1986 Mrs. Joseph F. Klausman
1987 Most Rev. Bernard J. McLaughlin, D.D.
1988 His Eminence John Cardinal O’Connor
1989 Rev. Msgr. John J. Conniff
1990 Very Rev. James M. Demske, S.J.
Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker
1991 Rev. Msgr. Eugene H. Selbert
Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman
1992 Rev. Msgr. Leo E. Hammerl
Rev. Msgr. Dino J. Lorenzetti
1993 Sister Angela Bontempo, D.C.
Most Rev. Stanislaus J. Brzana
1994 Rev. Msgr. John Lodge McHugh
Dr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Schaefer
1995 Mr. & Mrs. Norman Dusel
Rev. Msgr. Raymond F. Paa
1996 Mr. William J. Lawley
Rev. Msgr. Robert C. Wurtz
1997 Dr. Donald L. Hayes
Rev. Msgr. Rupert A. Wright
1998 Sister M. Tiburtia Gorecki, F.S.S.J.
Mr. Paul W. Joy
Rev. Msgr. William J. McDonnell
1999 Miss Joyce E. Fink
Rev. Msgr. Gerard L. Green
2000 Rev. Msgr. Richard T. Nugent
Sister Denise A. Roche, G.N.S.H., Ph.D.
2001 Rev. Msgr. Angelo M. Caligiuri
Mr. Joseph J. Castiglia
2002 Mr. & Mrs. William E. Swan
Rev. Msgr. Francis G. Weldgen
2003 Rev. Msgr. John W. Zeitler
Mr. & Mrs. James V. Glynn
2004 Rev. Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan, J.C.D.
Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz, C.S.S.F.
2005 Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell
Mrs. Karen E. Penfold
2006 Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.
Mr. Eugene P. Vukelic
2007 Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec
Mrs. Ellen E. Koessler
2008 Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham
Mr. & Mrs. James O’Brien
2009 Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan
The Galasso Foundation
2010 Women Religious of Western New York
2011 Most Rev. Edward M. Grosz
The Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation
2012 Rev. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising
The Amico, Arena, and Ervolina Families