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Former Dean Receives Archdiocesan Honor


Former Dean Receives Archdiocesan Honor

Vincent M. Novak, S.J.
The Archdiocese of New York has given the 2004 Good Shepherd Award to Vincent M. Novak, S.J., who recently retired as dean of Fordham University’s Graduate School for Religion and Religious Education. Presented annually, the award is granted to those who have made, and continue to make, a tremendous contribution to the mission of the archdiocese, in keeping with the Christian tradition of love and compassion.

“Father Novak is a man of vision, integrity and faith,” said Archdiocesan Director Sister Joan Curtin. “He has exemplified the qualities of Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd. His continued support of the diocese’s less wealthy parishes has been remarkable. I couldn’t think of a better recipient.”

Father Novak received the award on June 3 at the archdiocese’s annual award and communion breakfast. The ceremony, presided over by Cardinal Edward Egan, drew more than 100 guests, including parish directors and coordinators of religious education from throughout the archdiocese.

“I was deeply moved by the presentation,” said Father Novak, who founded Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education and recently retired as the school’s dean after 40 years. “It’s a true testimony of recognition for the many things that Fordham has done for the community and its people, and a great step forward in the relationship between the University and the diocese.”

— Christopher Monfette

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