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Mother UrsulaThe Mother Ursula Lecture honors the birthday of Cabrini’s founder, Sister Ursula Infante, MSC (1897‑2001).

We mark the occasion by presenting the Cor Jesu Award and toasting Mother Ursula with her favorite treat: a slice of cake and a sip of beer. The award is presented to a scholar or practitioner who embodies the Cabrinian legacy of making God visible through active social justice word, and we ask them to share their insights through the lecture in February.


For more information please email Dr. Ray Ward, Director of the Wolfington Center: rew68@cabrini.edu.

This annual event is sponsored by the Wolfington Center.

Previous Honorees

  • Jose Aguto, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant
    • with Nicholas Collura (EcoPhilly) and Rev. Allen Drew (Climate Witness Project)
  • Jean-Baptiste Talla, Peacebuilding and Justice Advisor for Africa at Catholic Relief Services
    • with Susanne Toten (Villanova University)
  • John Carr, Georgetown University, Founder and Co-director, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, Georgetown University
  • Teresa Pitt Green, Fr. Lewis Fiorelli, OSFS, Authors of Veronica's Veil: Spiritual Companionship for Survivors of Abuse
  • Joseph Cornelius Donelly, Permanent Delegate to the United Nations, Caritas Internationalis
  • Dr. Carolyn Woo, former President & CEO, Catholic Relief Services
  • Chandreyee Banerje, country director Catholic Relief Services
  • Dr. Richard Miller, Creighton University
  • Bishop Ramirez, CSB, the first Bishop of Las Cruces and member of the U.S. State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad
  • Sister Helen Prejean, death-penalty abolitionist and author of Dead Man Walking
  • Jim Claffey, Immigration-rights activist
  • Rev. Fred Kammer, Catholic social-justice expert and author of Doing Faithjustice
  • Dr. Robert Bullard, widely regarded as the “father of environmental justice”