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Aquinas Institute of Theology is seeking nominations for the St. Catherine of Siena Excellence in Ministry Award for 2007. The school will honor the recipient during a Mass and reception at Aquinas Institute on the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, Sunday, April 29. Nominations are due by March 1.

The school established the Catherine of Siena Excellence in Ministry Award in 2004 to recognize the increasingly widespread role of the non-ordained in the Catholic Church. St. Catherine of Siena was a 14th century mystic and a lay member of the Dominican order. She at times lived a quiet life of prayer and writing, and at other times lobbied the pope and worked actively with him to unite the powers of Christian territories. The award bears her name because she is a patron saint of Aquinas Institute and an example of what the Church can accomplish when it calls upon the gifts of all of its members.

Through the award, Aquinas Institute seeks to highlight effective ministry rooted in theological education. Nominees, then, should have studied theology and have established themselves in long-standing roles as paid ministers of the Catholic Church. Nominating letters should describe nominees’ gifts for ministry.

Please send nominating letters to Siena Award, Office of Institutional Advancement, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 23 S. Spring Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. Or, you can send an email to nelke@ai.edu. Please include the phone number of the person submitting the nomination. For more information, call 314.256.8858.

Aquinas Institute is a Dominican-sponsored seminary and graduate school in Midtown St. Louis where priesthood candidates study alongside vowed religious brothers and sisters and laypeople seeking careers in the Catholic Church or simply to better understand their faith lives.

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