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 (ST. LOUS) – Aquinas Institute of Theology is pleased to honor Monsignor Michael E. Turek of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as the 2013 recipient of its annual Great Preacher Award. The Award will be presented to Monsignor Turek on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Rose of the Hill, 2300 Edwards, in St. Louis.

Aquinas Institute, run by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), instituted the Great Preacher Award in 1995 to recognize those who by their words and actions have contributed in an outstanding way to the building up of the Catholic community. Aquinas Institute considers the Great Preacher Award a powerful means of renewing the Church and promoting good preaching while sharing its Dominican charism. The award is intended not only to sustain preachers of the Word but also to help Catholics become more attuned to hearing the Word.

Monsignor Michael E. Turek was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the oldest of four children born to Ed and Anne Turek., and was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Louis on May 22, 1976, and was stationed at St. Genevieve Parish in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri until 1981. He also taught during that period at Valle High School. Following that, he served at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in St. Louis, and taught at Mercy High School and Rosati-Kain High School. After serving at Holy Cross Parish in St. Louis, Monsignor Turek was appointed pastor at Saint Ann Parish in Clover Bottom, Missouri, from 1990-1997.

Monsignor Turek continued his parish work in the St. Louis archdiocese, stationed as pastor of Saint Norbert Parish in Florissant until 2003, then at Saint Joan of Arc Parish, where he serves as pastor today.

In September of 2006, he was named Chaplain of His Holiness, which brought with it the
title of Monsignor.

In addition to his parish work, Monsignor Turek has been active as a member of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Board, and as the Dean of the South City Deanery, in which capacity he still serves today. He has also been a member of the Archdiocesan High School Facilities Endowment Board, the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the City Catholic Collaborative, and the Archdiocesan
Board of Catholic Education. He is also a currently sitting member of the Aquinas Institute of Theology Board of Trustees.

The selection of Monsignor Turek for Aquinas Institute of Theology’s 2013 Great Preacher Award was inspired by the many ways in which he exemplifies a great preacher: his pastoral leadership, his service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and south St. Louis city, and for his preaching of the Gospel in word and deed.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the October 24, 2013 award dinner, please contact Aquinas Institute of Theology at (314) 256-8857, or e-mail maynard@ai.edu.

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a Saint Louis-based Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry administered by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Offering both residential and on-line degree programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution in the U.S. to offer a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in preaching.

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