Stritch School of Medicine receives Moral Courage Award from Faith in Public Life

News Archive February 27, 2014

Stritch School of Medicine receives Moral Courage Award from Faith in Public Life

MAYWOOD, Ill. –  Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine received the Moral Courage award from Faith in Public Life, a national organization devoted to lifting up the voices of progressive faith leaders. The award was presented Feb. 22 at a summit held at Loyola University Chicago (LUC).  Students from Catholic universities including DePaul, Dominican, Notre Dame and Marquette gathered to discuss, network and learn about immigration reform.

The day-long summit included breakout sessions on topics such as starting a grassroots advocacy and building a movement. Rob Kelly, vice president for student development at LUC, welcomed participants and Kevin Flaherty, S.J., LUC student ministries chaplain, gave a blessing and shared insights on Ignatian spirituality.

Stritch received the award in recognition of its decision to accept qualified Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students into its medical school class this coming fall. 

Mark Kuczewski, PhD, director of LUC’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, accepted the award for the University.

“This award recognizes Loyola University Chicago as a welcoming community that lives out its faith commitment to regard all our neighbors with dignity and respect. By welcoming qualified DREAMers to our medical school, they become partners in our mission to serve those most in need,” Kuczewski said.

View photos from the summit here.  For media inquiries, contact Evie Polsley at or call (708) 216-5313 or (708) 417-5100.

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