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Finalists for 2012 Opus Prize engage St. Kate's students

Students listen to a presentation by one of the 2012 Opus Prize finalists in the Recital Hall at St. Catherine University on Wednesday.
Students listen to a presentation by one of the 2012 Opus Prize finalists in the Recital Hall at St. Catherine University on Wednesday.
Photo by Maria Ignacio '13.

The three finalists for the 2012 Opus Prize visited classrooms on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University on Wednesday to engage students in conversation about the daily work and the visionary social entrepreneurship of their respective organizations.

Finalists Segundo Velasquez, Mano a Mano International Partners, Bolivia; Leonora Micheiln LaBoissiere Mol, Atelie de Ideias, Brazil; and Father Richard Frechette, Saint Luke Foundation for Haiti, Haiti, were introduced by students from the due diligence teams that visited each country once the Opus Prize finalists were announced.

Also on hand were the Opus Prize steering committee co-chairs, Cathy Brennan '70, LuLu Daly and Associate Professor of Social Work Mary Ann Brenden.

The due diligence teams include Katherine Montenegro '13 and Renee Crepeau '13, Bolivia; Leslie Muzulu '13 and Joanne Ott, MAHS'12, Brazil; and Jennifer Donohue '15 and Liesl Wolf '13, Haiti. Professors and a staff member also were part of the teams.

The Opus Prize is an annual faith-based humanitarian award that recognizes unsung heroes who — guided by faith and an entrepreneurial spirit — work to conquer the world's most persistent social problems.

The Opus Prize winner will be named on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in a ceremony at The O'Shaughnessy on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University. The winner will receive $1 million for her or his organization, and the other two finalists will receive $100,000 each.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

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Nov. 7, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

See also: Catholic Identity, Leadership, Social Justice