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Role of Law Award

The Role of Law Award is the Canon Law Society's most prestigious honor and is awarded annually at the CLSA convention. The first Role of Law Award was presented on the 18th of October 1973 in Washington, DC, by the then President of the Society, the Reverend Donald E. Heintschel, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the CLSA.  The intent of the award was, and remains to be, to choose someone in our midst who best exemplifies the ideals spelled out in the preamble of the Society's Constitution.

"We, the members of the Canon Law Society of America, ever eager to fulfill our role in the Church through the proper use of canon law, hereby proclaim our desire to promote the use of every method of serving God's people that comes under the concept of law. Mindful that church laws ought to be pastoral in character and made only to serve the people of God, we accept our responsibility as Christians trained in canon law to continue research and study and to assist any members of Christ's Body singularly or collectively, laity or clergy, who will welcome the deliberations, research and common opinion of this Society."


This list names all past recipients:

1973
Frederick R. McManus
1974
Paul M. Boyle, C.P.
1975
Raymond E. Goedert 1976
Lawrence G. Wrenn
1977
Robert T. Kennedy
1978 Stephen G. Kuttner
1979
Kevin D. O'Rourke, O.P. 1980
Thomas J. Lynch
1981
John V. Dolciamore 1982
Donald E. Heintschel
1983
James Risk, S.J.
1984
John E. Lynch, C.S.P.
1985
Thomas J. Green 1986
 John A. Alesandro
1987
James A. Coriden
1988
Thomas Brockhaus, O.S.B.
1989
Bertram Griffin
1990
Francis G. Morrisey, O.M.I.
1991
James H. Provost
1992
Ladislas M. Örsy, S.J.
1993
Dennis J. Burns
1994
Victor Pospishil
1995
Lucy Vazquez, O.P.
1996
William A. Varvaro
1997 Richard G. Cunningham
1998
David E. Fellhauer
1999
Sharon E. Holland, I.H.M.
2000 Raymond L. Burke
2001 Elsworth Kneal 2002
Rose M. McDermott, SSJ
2003 Frederick C. Easton
2004 William H. Woestman, OMI
2005
Paul L. Golden, C.M.
2006 Barbara Anne Cusack
2007
Kevin E. McKenna
2008
John P. Beal
2009 Lawrence A. DiNardo
2010
Ricardo E. Bass
2011
John D. Faris
2012
Patrick J. Cogan
2013 Kenneth E. Boccafola
2014
Msgr. Roch Pagé
 2015  Sharon A. Euart, R.S.M.
   

 

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