Barry University Faith and Freedom Award

This is what God asks of you, only this –
to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6.8

To live by faith is to respond to the divine call with an inspiring spirit of dedication and trust. With absolute courage and total reliance on God, certain distinctive persons risk everything to assist in the realization of God's plan for humankind. To live by faith is to provide loving service to those most in need.

Freedom for all is a value deeply imbedded in the American dream. Those who advocate for freedom stand as prophetic activists for the rights of humanity in a world that threatens to overwhelm the voiceless and defenseless. Barry University acknowledges all men and women who are dedicated to changing structures and institutions that enslave, objectify and diminish even a single human life.

Established in 2001, the annual Faith and Freedom Award is given by Barry University to recognize men and women who represent in an extraordinary way the shared religious values of compassion, mutual respect and justice when addressing controversial and divisive issues. This award was inspired by its first recipient, Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh, in recognition of his courage in challenging the political and social barriers to peace, justice and compassion in a rapidly dehumanizing world.

By honoring the achievements of these outstanding women and men, Barry University hopes to encourage more people of faith and goodwill to stand up for freedom and to demonstrate the healing and constructive force of religion in public life.

Past Recipients

  • Monsignor Brian O. Walsh
  • Senator Bob Graham
  • Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, OP, PhD
  • Dr. Horacio Aguirre
  • Pedro Greer, Jr., MD
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Tracy Wilson Mourning
  • The Most Reverend Archbishop John C. Favalora
  • Paul DiMare
  • Norma Quintero
  • Suzanne and Brian Keeley
  • Adele Graham
  • Joshua Williams

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