The John O’Donohue Integrity Award

The Award

When John O'Donohue was discussing the huge imbalance and disparities that exist in our world, he said: “I do know that we are privileged, and that the duty of privilege is absolute integrity.” Keeping this quote ever present and active in our lives and helping to keep John’s legacy alive are significant reasons for the Concern America John O’Donohue Integrity Award.

The award is given every two years to one or two exceptional individuals who have exemplified those words.

The 2015 John O'Donohue Integrity Award

You're Invited

This year, we are pleased to honor Marianne Loewe and Denis Garvey for their decades of service and dedication to Concern America. Marianne was the Executive Director of Concern America from 1979 to 2012 and Denis Garvey was the Development Director from 1982 to 2015 and they were integral in the organization's growth.

The event will take place on May 3, 2015 at the Mother Louis Room in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Motherhouse where we will honor Marianne and Denis with an evening of music, poetry, and celebrating all that they have done.

If you would like to attend the event, please email Bety Juarez for more information, or if you would like to make a donation in honor of Marianne and Denis, please visit our Donate Now page and mention your message in the comment section.

About John O’Donohue

John was born in January 1956, the first of four children to Patrick and Josie O’Donohue. At the age of 18, John entered the novitiate at Maynooth where he completed his BA in English and Philosophy in 1977 and his degree in Theology in 1980. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1982, received his MA in 1982 and, in 1986 began work on a doctorate at the University of Tubingen in Germany. John was awarded his Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology in 1990. In his dissertation, Person als Vermittlun (published in Germany in 1993), John developed a new concept of Person through a re-interpretation of the philosophy of Hegel. The prestigious Review of Metaphysics commended him for “breaking new ground in our thinking about consciousness…[with] a richer and deeper notion of Personhood.”

By 1990, John had returned to Ireland where he continued his priestly duties, as well as beginning post-doctoral work on the thirteenth century philosopher and mystic, Meister Eckhart. In 1997, John’s book Anam Cara was published and became and international bestseller. Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Hunger to Belong, followed in 1998; and in 2000, John’s collection of poetry, Conamara Blues, was published. His inspirational book of blessings, Benedictus, was published in 2007.

At the end of 2000, John retired from public priestly ministry and devoted himself full-time to his writing and to a more public life of integrity in action – speaking, advocating for social justice, and inspiring the wealthy and powerful in society to engage their own integrity in service of meaningful, positive change. His oft quoted admonition that “the duty of privilege is absolute integrity” offers continuing inspiration for those working to open new possibilities of wholeness and grace in our visible world and beyond. The wellspring of John’s creativity was lively and strong to his very last day (January 4, 2008) and his legacy of unpublished works is being carefully minded and nurtured towards emergence by his beloved family.

Past Recipients of the John O'Donohue Integrity Award

2010 - Sister Edith Predengast, RSC, the Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

2013 - Father Christopher Smith, Cathedral Vicar of the Christ Cathedral Church and Mike Farrell, actor and humanitarian.