The honor roll of SOAR!’s past honorees. 

The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Award

In the spirit of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, award recipients have distinguished themselves by their leadership and generosity in the Catholic community.

District of Columbia

  • 1987 – Theobold During
  • 1988 – John O’Neil
  • 1989 –  Thomas Lake
  • 1990 – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas
  • 1991 – Sister M. Majella Berg, RSHM
  • 1992 – Monsignor Michael di Teccia Farina
  • 1993 – Corinne (Lindy) Claiborne Boggs
  • 1994 – The Loyola Foundation
  • 1995 – Mark Russell
  • 1996 – Mark Shields
  • 1997 – Sandra Andrea McMurtrie
  • 1998 – Timothy and Monica May
  • 1999 – Monsignor John J. Enzler
  • 2000 – Kevin and Jane Belford
  • 2001 – Otto and Jane Ruesch
  • 2002 – Theodore Cardinal McCarrick
  • 2003 – Reverend William J. Byron, S.J
  • 2004 – Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., R.N., M.S.
  • 2005 – The Late Eugene I. Kane, Monsignor Thomas A. Kane and Kane Family
  • 2006 – Dr. John J. DeGioia and Theresa Miller DeGioia
  • 2007 – Bishop Donald W. Wuerl
  • 2008 – Mother Mary Berchmans Hannan, VHM
  • 2009 – Cokie and Steve Roberts
  • 2010 – Paul and Jill McNamara
  • 2011 – Mary Jane Cullen
  • 2012 – Sister Deirdre M. Byrne, MD, POSC and Reverend William D. Byrne
  • 2013 – Dr. Francis J. Butler
  • 2014 – Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS
  • 2014 – Dennis M. Lucey
  • 2015 – John F. Treseler
  • 2015 – Patricia McGuire
  • 2016 – Kevin J. Sexton
  • 2016 – Bishop Paul S. Loverde
  • 2017 – Jane Sullivan Roberts

New York

  • 1997 – William G. Parrett
  • 1998 – Dr. Francis J. Macchiarola
  • 2001 – Drs. John and Yvonne Driscoll
  • 2002 – Detective Denis P. Mulcahy
  • 2003 – John J. Fialka
  • 2003 – Catholic Daughters of the Americas
  • 2004 – Monsignor Peter G. Finn
  • 2005 – Denis Hughes
  • 2006 – Joseph P. Delaney
  • 2007 – Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli
  • 2008 – Kathy DiFiore
  • 2009 – The Rambusch Company
  • 2010 – Sister Francis Raftery, SC
  • 2011 – Timothy Cardinal Dolan
  • 2012 – Michael A. Maron
  • 2013 – Sister Patricia Codey, SC, Esq.
  • 2014 – James J. Landy
  • 2015 – Monsignor Kevin L. Sullivan
  • 2016 – Reverend James Martin, SJ
  • 2017- Wally Probst
  • 2017 – Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Chicago

  • 2000 – Shirley Madigan
  • 2002 – Edward M. Burke

Los Angeles

  • 1996 – The Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters
  • 1997 – Tom Lasorda
  • 1998 – The Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Foundations & the Late Dorothy Leavey
  • 1999 – Bob and Lois Erburu
  • 2001 – Richard and Maude Ferry
  • 2002 – George and Gretchen Gibbs
  • 2003 – Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris
  • 2004 – Allen and Kathleen Lund
  • 2007 – Marjorie and Edward Illig
  • 2014 – Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead
  • 2014 – Tim and Steph Busch
  • 2017 – Francis “Bud” Scully

Orange County*

  • 2006 – H.E. Sir Patrick D. Powers
  • 2016 – Trudy Mazzarella
  • 2016 – The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange

San Francisco

  • 2001 – Joanne Murphy
  • 2002 – Dr. Eileen Aicardi
  • 2003 – Diane Buchanan Wilsey & Lenore Heffernan

* In Orange County, CA prior to the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Awards, several individuals were honored for their roles as Catholic leaders:

  • 1992  –  Sr. Marie Therese Solomon, ODN and Daniel J. Harney
  • 1993  – Sr. Jane Frances Power, CSJ and Stanley Pawlowski
  • 1994   – Patrick Vincent Loughnane and Eugene J. Deiss

The Saint Katharine Drexel Award

The award is named for Saint Katharine Drexel, a saint known across the United State for her philanthropic work and ministry.  

District of Columbia 

  • 2003 – FADICA
  • 2015 – Bishop William Curlin
  • 2016 – Denny M. Hattler
  • 2017 – Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

Los Angeles 

  • 2014 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • 2017 – Sister Joyce Meyer, PBVM

New York 

  • 2004 – Sister Patricia Cruise, SC
  • 2014 – Ziegler
  • 2015 – Deloitte
  • 2016 – Archcare

The Dorothy Day Service Award 

The Dorothy Day award recognizes individuals for their lifetime dedication and service to the Catholic Church, their own community, and beyond. 

  • 2017 – Helene Shepard

The Father Victor Yanitelli Award

Father Victor Yanitelli devoted his life to doing all in his power to alleviate the needs confronting religious in the care of their elderly. In memory of his generous spirit and loving heart, the Hattler family established the Father Victor Yanitelli Award in 1993. Each year SOAR! presents this award to a senior religious in the greater New York area to acknowledge their active service to address the needs of others.

  • 1993 – Sister Annunciata Bethell, OSU
  • 1994 – Sister Eileen Mary Taylor, RSM
  • 1995 – Sister Ellen McNamara, CND
  • 1996 – Reverend John Mitchell, CSP
  • 1996- Sister Mary Carita Pendergast, SC
  • 1996 – Brother Anthony Flynn, FSC
  • 1997 – Sister Eileen Kelly, PBVM
  • 1998 – Sister Mary Jane Fulton, OP
  • 1999 – Sister Elizabeth Eugene Costello, O.Carm.
  • 1999 – Sister Geraldine Calabrese, MPF
  • 2000 – Sister M. Teresa Murray, RGS
  • 2001 -Avery Cardinal Dulles
  • 2002 – Sister Alice Matthew Thees, OP
  • 2003 – Sister Carmel Therese, CSAC
  • 2004 – Sister Ann Taylor, CSJP
  • 2005 – Sister Gabrielle Raftery, l.s.p.
  • 2006 – Sister Marjorie Hebert, M.S.C.
  • 2007 – Sister Jacinta Fernandes, OSB
  • 2008 – Sister Dorothy Burns, OP and Sister Jeanne Burns, OP
  • 2009 – Sister Mary T. Clark, RSCJ
  • 2010 – Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR
  • 2011 – Sister Rose Bernadette Gallagher, MM
  • 2012 – Sister Catherine O’Leary, SC
  • 2013 – Sister Joan Donovan, OP
  • 2014 – Sister Florence Speth, SC
  • 2015 – Sister Margaret McDermott, OP
  • 2016 – Sister Mary O’Neill, PBVM