Cardinal Wuerl Receives National Award from Saint Luke Institute
Saint Luke Institute honored Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, with the 2016 Saint Luke Award at a benefit held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC, on Oct. 17.
This national award is given annually by Saint Luke to an individual whose professional life or charitable works embody the mission of the organization: the rebuilding of the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual life of clergy and men and women religious.
Cardinal Wuerl was recognized for his support for seminarians, clergy and consecrated religious. In his remarks, Revered David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., president of Saint Luke Institute, noted that Cardinal Wuerl, who is celebrating his 50th jubilee as a priest in December 2016, has given tremendous “service to all levels, from seminarian to bishop to priest,” adding, “Priests, seminarians, bishops can learn from you what it means to truly give your heart” to others.
Cardinal Wuerl served as staff to the Congregation for Clergy; vice-rector and rector of St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA; and founder of the Saint John Paul II Seminary in Washington, DC. A noted author of numerous articles and books, Cardinal Wuerl also serves on the Congregation for Bishops and has numerous other responsibilities with the Vatican and national and international organizations.
Cardinal Wuerl, in his remarks said, “Saint Luke Institute is the mercy of God made real, made present to people who at that particular moment in their lives need to know this is not an abstraction, it’s something that touches you. It touches your heart, touches your soul, touches your mind.”
The Saint Luke Institute Annual Benefit raised $500,000 to provide discounted psychological and spiritual care to priests and religious in need and to expand online education for healthy life and ministry through SLIconnect.org.
The Benefit co-chairs were Larry and Maria Elena Fisher of Washington, DC.
Nearly 300 people attended. Among them was Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States; Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Military Services, USA; then-Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde; Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville; and former Secretary for Veterans Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican R. James Nicholson and his wife, Suzanne.
Nearly 15,000 men and women have received care through Saint Luke treatment programs over the years. More than 70 percent return to active ministry.