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SCU president honored with 'Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice' Award

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Jan. 16, 2002-Santa Clara University President Paul Locatelli, S.J. is one of 83 people in the Diocese of San Jose bestowed the honors of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For the Church and the Pontiff) Award.

Last week, Locatelli received the award from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath during a private lunch.

The award recognizes those who have been active in parish and diocesan life and have contributed to the advancement of the Catholic Church Santa Clara County. Nominees were recommended by pastors and Bishop McGrath.

Locatelli was selected for strengthening the University's Catholic identity, extending SCU's outreach to the poor, and overseeing a successful fundraising campaign and building program.

"I am deeply grateful to Bishop McGrath for recommending me for this honor. In addition to being a personal recognition, through this award the Church also recognizes Santa Clara University and our commitment as a Catholic, Jesuit university to providing an education of the highest quality and advancing the common good of society, especially those in greatest need," said Locatelli.

The honors, which were officially announced in Nov. 2001 as part of the 20th anniversary year-long celebration commemorating the inauguration of the Diocese of San Jose, consist of a medal award and a parchment.

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