Haitian archbishop receives Notre Dame prize for public service

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (CNS) - Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, received the 2011 Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America during ceremonies on campus in December.

"Throughout his career, Archbishop Kebreau has advocated for the poor and dedicated himself to promoting opportunities for Haitian children to have access to quality education," said Holy Cross Father John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame president. "In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, he has been instrumental in helping Haitians rebuild damaged churches and schools while ministering to their physical and spiritual needs."

As president of the Haitian bishops' conference since 2005, the archbishop helped create and now oversees the Program for the Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti, a joint effort with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, which is responsible for the coordination, construction quality and transparency of church rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

Presented annually since 2000 by the University of Notre Dame with support from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Notre Dame prize recognizes the efforts of visionary leaders to enhance the region's welfare by strengthening democracy and improving life for its citizens.

The award carries a $15,000 cash prize, with a matching amount donated to a charitable organization recommended by the prize winner.

Archbishop Kebreau designated Action et Solidarite contre la Pauvrete (Action and Solidarity Against Poverty), which gives scholarships to university students in Cap-Haitien who cannot pay their educational expenses.

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