Great Preacher Award

2019 Award Dinner

On November 7, 2019, the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers, Aquinas Institute of Theology presented the Great Preacher Award to Dominican friar, Fr. Charles Bouchard, Senior Director, Theology & Sponsorship at the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), and Fr. Craig Holway, Pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish in St. Louis. Established 25 years ago, the Great Preacher Award honors preachers who proclaim, in word and deed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming and presence of the reign of God.

Over 350 people attended the dinner to honor Fr. Charlie and Fr. Craig and to support Aquinas Institute. The funds raised at this event are used to support our internationally recognized preaching program and your donation directly assists us in preparing the next generation of men and women who, like our esteemed honorees, will go forth and preach the Gospel in word and deed.


At the dinner, Fr. Craig reminded us that “all is gift” and Fr. Charlie called us to work together to build the Kingdom of God in the here and now. Our world desperately needs preachers who, like these two fine men, offer a word of hope by sharing the Good News
of God’s love and mercy.

Aquinas Institute would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who attended and supported the Great Preacher Award. Special thanks to our Committee Chair, Dr. Dan O’Brien and committee members, and our sponsors: Ascension, Mercy, Don and Nancy Ross, Catholic Health Association, Dr. Philip Boyle, Dr. Dan O’Brien and SSM Health.

Fr. Charlie Bouchard, O.P., Fr. James Marchionda, O.P., Prior Provincial, Province of St. Albert the Great, Fr. Craig Holway, Fr. Tom Condon, O.P., Prior Provincial, Province of St. Martin de Porres, and Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P., President.

Fr. Craig Holway with his award.

Award recipient, Fr. Charles Bouchard, O.P., preaching during evening prayer.