Sr. Jean Lenz, O.S.F. Award
On June 5, 2009, the GRC announced the creation of the Sr. Jean Lenz, O.S.F. Award.
This award honors Notre Dame men and women who continue the ministry that Sr. Jean began in the early years of co-education at Notre Dame, namely helping men and women build strong self identities and relationships with one another. Honorees will be selected by the staff of the Gender Relations Center annually in the spring semester.
About Sr. Jean and the Award
A Chicago native and a Franciscan sister of the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, Sister Jean, who earned a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame in 1967, was among the first women rectors on campus following the University's transition to coeducation in 1972 after 130 years as an all-male institution.
Serving as rector of Farley Hall, rector and chaplain of Notre Dame's London Program, assistant vice president for student affairs, and instructor in theology, Sister Jean inspired and nurtured the first generations of Notre Dame women. As an administrator, teacher, mentor, minister and alumna of the University, she also helped countless Notre Dame men and women learn how to share their lives simply by sharing her own with them. She has celebrated the mutually salvific promise of gender relations by exemplifying it. She has shown that the promise of salvation is inextricably bound up in relationships with others.
The Sr. Jean Lenz, O.S.F. Award has been established to honor Notre Dame faculty, staff and students who have borne such witness as hers and who serve Notre Dame by building relationships amongst all.
*Congratulations to our 2013 Honorees, Ava Preacher (Asst. Dean of the College of Arts & Letters), Katie Rose (Class of 2013), and Maggie Waickman (Class of 2015)!*
2011 Honorees 2012 Honorees
Mariah McGrogan Cody Gaffney
Thomas Bailey-Robertson Alex Coccia
2010 Honorees 2013 Honorees
Timothy Latham Ava Preacher
Laura Lauck Katie Rose
Pettinella McOsker Maggie Waickman