The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2018 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to former U.S. ambassador and Harvard professor of law Mary Ann Glendon at a Mass and banquet on April 28, 2018.
The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, named for St. John Paul II's 1995 encyclical on life issues, is the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement, honoring individuals whose efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of human life by steadfastly affirming and defending its sanctity from its earliest stages.
“Glendon is one of the most extraordinary figures in academia and the global public square,” said O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture. “She personifies the goods at the heart of the Evangelium Vitae Medal. Through her work as a world-class scholar and teacher, a diplomat, a White House bioethics adviser and an official of the Holy See, she has provided a joyful, loving and unwavering witness to the dignity of all persons, born and unborn, as created in the image and likeness of God. She sets the standard for all of us who work to build a culture of life worldwide. There is no one like her.”
“Mary Ann Glendon is certainly among the most accomplished women in the Church today and a worthy recipient of this year's award,” said Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “I'm grateful to the Center for Ethics and Culture for recognizing Glendon for her impressive service to the Church and to life.”
The Mass, celebrated by Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Banquet will follow in the South Dining Hall. Both events are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required to attend the dinner. RSVP for the Mass and Dinner via this link.