The University presented its 2017 Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministry to CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador).

The faith-based organization serves poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador, protects families from violence and turmoil and also hosts more than two dozen groups who visit El Salvador each year.

The Rev. Daniel Long, a Lutheran pastor, Paddy Lane, a Quaker activist, and Father Peter Hinde, a Catholic priest, founded CRISPAZ, which is dedicated to building solidarity between the church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador with communities in the United States and other countries.

The Arrupe Award is named in honor of the late Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983. The University instituted the award in 1995 to further its mission by recognizing men and women for outstanding contributions in a variety of Ignatian-inspired ministries.

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