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Office for Racial Justice to Honor Bishop Perry and Father Pfleger with Racial Justice Lifetime Achievement Award

The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, and Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Parish, will each receive the Office for Racial Justice Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of their lives of service in pursuit of dismantling racism, injustice and inequalities on behalf of African Americans and all people of color.

These awards, from the Office for Racial Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be presented on Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Service that will be held at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School, 5088 West Jackson Blvd. in Chicago.

The Office for Racial Justice will also pay tribute to the 2010 St. Katharine Drexel Racial Justice honorees: Michael Rabbitt, a parishioner at St. Mary of the Woods Parish in Chicago; Elena Segura, Director, Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education; Sr. Kathleen Tait, OP, Principal, Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights; and Phyllis Winter, President, Children of Peace School on Chicago’s near west side.

The St. Katharine Drexel Racial Justice Award is named in honor of the American founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who devoted her entire life to holiness and work among Native and African American peoples. As a young, vowed religious woman, she assisted Rev. Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest in Chicago, in establishing St. Monica School.

The Office for Racial Justice was established in July of 2000. The core mission of the Office is to address the sin of racism by providing parishes and schools with the tools to initiate and enhance their efforts to combat racism. Sister Anita Baird, DHM, is the founding director of the Office for Racial Justice.

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