Franciscan University presents Poverello Medal to Father Groeschel

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (CNS) - Franciscan University of Steubenville presented its 2011 Poverello Medal to Father Benedict Groeschel, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, for his lifetime of service to the materially and spiritually poor.

The medal is the highest nonacademic honor the university can bestow.

In presenting the award, Franciscan Father Terence Henry, university president, said Father Groeschel "has been a tireless and bold witness to Christ in a culture afflicted by spiritual poverty," as well as "a brother and friend to those living in material poverty."

Father Groeschel is director of the Office for Spiritual Development in the Archdiocese of New York and founded and is on the staff of Trinity Retreat, a center for prayer and study for the clergy.

Past recipients of the Poverello Medal include Blessed Teresa of Kolkata, Dorothy Day, Charles W. and Patricia Colson, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen.

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