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Aquinas Institute of Theology is calling on Catholics to help the graduate school identify an outstanding preacher to receive the 2007 Great Preacher Award. The school will honor the 13th recipient of the award at a Mass and reception at his parish or religious community in October.

To nominate a preacher, please send a letter or an email to Aquinas Institute explaining how the nominee has touched lives and made the Catholic community stronger through his preaching. Nominating letters are not considered votes, so it is not necessary to generate several letters for a single nominee.

The selection committee will choose finalists based upon nominations and visit their parishes or communities to hear them preach.

Aquinas Institute will accept nominations until June 29 and name a recipient by the end of July. Letters should be addressed to Great Preacher Award, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 S. Spring Ave. St. Louis, MO 63108. Send emails to events@ai.edu.

Aquinas Institute of Theology established the Great Preacher Award in 1995. It is presented to an outstanding preacher whose leadership and preaching have transformed lives of those who hear him. Aquinas Institute considers the Great Preacher Award a powerful means of renewing the Church and promoting good preaching while raising awareness about the importance the Dominican order places on preaching and preaching education. The school hopes that the award will not only sustain preachers of the Word but make Catholics more attune to hearing the Word.

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