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2018 New York Awards Dinner

September 27, 2018

Please join us for a

SOAR! Awards Dinner

Benefitting aging and infirm religious

It’s time to say thanks.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Cocktail hours begins at 6 p.m.; the program begins at 7 p.m.
New York Athletic Club
New York, New York


His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Archbishop of Newark, is a native of Michigan, the oldest of 13 children, and a member of the Redemptorist order.  Ordained a priest in in 1978, Cardinal Tobin, who speaks five languages, worked in parishes in Detroit and Chicago. From  1997 to 2009, he served as superior general of his religious order. In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI assigned him as Archbishop Secretary of the Vatican congregation that oversees religious life. In 2012, Tobin was appointed to serve as the Archbishop of Indianapolis. Pope Francis named him to the College of Cardinals in 2016, and he was installed as the sixth Archbishop of Newark in January 2017.

Cardinal Tobin is known for his love of the poor and his call for the Church to reach out in mercy to people on the margins of society.

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik

Rabbi Joe, left, and Deacon Kevin

A co-host of Religion on the Line since its beginning in 1982, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik is noted for his warmth and his humor, as well as his passion for interfaith dialogue. A popular guest and commentator on local and national radio and television programs, he couples enthusiasm for social issues with the wise insights of the Jewish tradition. He carries these unique skills over to his work at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, NY; to his role as Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis; and to his chaplaincy of the New York City Fire Department.

Deacon Kevin McCormack

Kevin McCormack is a Deacon with the Diocese of Rockville Centre, assigned to Our Lady of Peace parish in Lynbrook. Involved in Catholic education for over 20 years, Deacon Kevin is currently the principal of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and an adjunct instructor of Theology at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. He has presented theological study days and courses, days of reflections and parish missions throughout the Brooklyn and RVC Dioceses. He and his family live on Long Island.

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, CSJ

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, a Sister of Saint Joseph of Brentwood, is the founder and executive director of Hour Children, a nonprofit in Long Island City that provides housing, mentoring and job-training for mothers recently released from incarceration. Prior to that, she was responsible for New York State curriculum oversight for Catholic elementary schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn and both a school principal and teacher at various Catholic elementary schools. Sister Tesa has been named a CNN Hero (2012), a White House Champion of Change (2013), the 2014 winner of the Opus Prize, and in 2015 was awarded the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice.  In 2017, she was named to the Irish American Hall-of-Fame.

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September 27, 2018
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