Center for Social Concerns honored by U.S. Catholic Mission Association

Author: Michael O. Garvey and Paul Horn


The University of Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns has received an award from the United States Catholic Mission Association (USCMA).

Rev. William Lies, C.S.C, executive director of the center, and Rev. Don McNeill, C.S.C., who founded the center in 1983, received the award at a Monday (Oct. 2) evening banquet concluding the USCMAs annual conference, which was held this year at Notre Dame.

The awardhonors the centerfor 23 years of cross-cultural global mission in service to the Church and the world.

Established in 1983, the center provides Notre Dame students educational experiences in social service inspired by Gospel values and Catholic teaching.In association with academic departments throughout the University, it assists and encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni in critical reflection on social realities and the responsibilities attending them.

The USCMA is a network of Catholic organizations, religious communities and lay persons based inWashington,D.C.It unites and supports people committed to the cross-cultural global mission of Jesus Christ in service to the Church and the world.

* Contact: * _Paul Horn, director of communications for the Center for Social Concerns, at 574-631-3209 or

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