Saint Ignatius honors Mercy Home president
July 4, 2013

Saint Ignatius College Prep presented Mercy Home for Boys & Girls President the Rev. Scott Donahue with the school’s 2013 Dei Gloriam Award at its 143rd annual commencement. The Dei Gloriam Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by Saint Ignatius and is presented annually to someone who is a living expression of the Jesuit ideal. It was given to Fr. Donahue in recognition of his commitment to the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuit education, and the promotion of social justice.

Saint Ignatius College Prep President Fr. Michael Caruso (right) presented Mercy Home President Fr. Scott Donahue (left) with the Dei Gloriam Award.

Fr. Donahue addressed the 325 Saint Ignatius graduates and their families at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum on West Roosevelt Rd. In his remarks, Fr. Donahue recalled the impact that Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola has had on his own spiritual life, education, and ministry. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a graduate degree in applied spirituality from the University of San Francisco — both Jesuit institutions.

Fr. Donahue told the audience that Mercy Home had held a graduation ceremony of its own on May 22 for the 38 young people who are earning their diplomas and degrees this spring thanks to the educational and emotional support of so many dedicated coworkers and supporters.

“It is a sign and source of God’s justice to afford equal opportunities to children, to give them the tools and the life skills to become productive citizens,” Fr. Donahue said. Fr. Donahue accepted the Dei Gloriam Award from Saint Ignatius College Prep President the Rev.

Michael Caruso on behalf of the more than 25,000 young people who have come to Mercy Home in search of a fresh start for more than 126 years, and on behalf of his coworkers who work to bring justice into the lives of children.

Mercy Home is located at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. Call (312) 738-7560. Saint Ignatius is located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Road. Call (312) 421-5900.