Role of Law Awarded
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Posted by: Katie Richards
Chorbishop John D. Faris received the Role of Law award during the Convention Banquet last night. He is the second Eastern Catholic Canonist to receive the award. Chorbishop Faris has been a member of the Society since 1984, served on the Board of Governors as Consultor (1990-1991) and President (1994). He has served on several committees and is currently the Chair of the Committee on Resource & Development.
Rev. Michael Joyce, CM, President, presented Chorbishop Faris the award in front of over three hundred convention attendees.
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Each year the Canon Law
Society of America presents its distinguished Role of Law Award to an
individual considered to be outstanding in the field of canonical science. The
By-Laws of the Society directs the Board of Governors to select a person who
demonstrates in his or her life and legal practice the following
Embodiment of pastoral attitude,
commitment to research and study, participation in the development of law,
response to needs or practical assistance, facilitation of dialogue and the
interchange of ideas within the Society and with other groups.
These qualifications are a
concise re-statement of the constitutionally-expressed purposes of the Society.
The person to whom this award
is given is viewed by us as one who embodies all that we, as members of the
Society hold dear, as one to whom we can look for guidance and inspiration. Such
an official statement alone is perhaps the greatest honor that can be bestowed
on anyone – to be selected by one’s friends and peers as outstanding among
This year’s recipient of the
Role of Law Award was ordained a priest of the Maronite Church
in 1976. After being awarded a doctorate in Eastern canon law by the Pontifical
Oriental Institute in Rome in 1980, he served in the administration of the
Eparchy of Saint Maron for sixteen years in several offices, the last being
Protosyncellus (Vicar General). In 1991, he was ordained a chorbishop of the Maronite Church. He worked at the Catholic Near
East Welfare Association from 1996 to 2009. In 2009, he was appointed pastor of
Saint Louis Gonzaga
Church in Utica, New York.
Our honoree this year has
served in a wide variety of ministries in the Catholic Church. He has lectured
at the Catholic University of America for more than a decade. He has written a
commentary on the structures and governance of the Eastern
as well as numerous articles on the Eastern
Churches, Eastern canon
law, and ecumenism. He has served in the past as consultor of the National
Conference of Catholic Bishops Conference Liaison Committee for Latin and
Eastern Church Affairs.
In the field of ecumenism,
the recipient of this year’s Role of Law Award is currently a member of the Catholic
delegation of the Joint Working Group, a liaison body of the Holy See and the
World Council of Churches. He also serves on the North American
Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and the United States Oriental
Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation. He has been deeply involved for many
years with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher. For his work on behalf
of Christians in the Holy Land, he was
recently awarded the Golden Palm, the highest honor given by the Order.
Our honoree has generously
served the Canon Law Society of America. He is a past-president of the Society.
He currently is the chair of the Research and Development Committee and a
member of the Governance Committee and Publications Committee. He has served in
the past as chair of the Eastern Law Committee and as Consultor. He was also
chair of the ad hoc committee
responsible for the preparation of the most recent English translation of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
Tonight we honor a friend, a
colleague, an educator, a pastor, and a fellow canonist. He is truly a Catholic
who breathes with both lungs of the Church. It my privilege to present the 2011
Role of Law Award, on behalf of the Canon Law Society of America and the Board
of Governors, to Chorbishop John D. Faris.
Rev. Michael Joyce, CM