Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, is Opus Prize finalist

December 15, 2013

The Opus Prize Foundation, a group that funds faith-based work to solve social problems, honored Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, CHA's president and chief executive officer, as one of three finalists for its annual humanitarian award, the Opus Prize. The award recognizes "unsung heroes" whose work has been "guided by faith and an entrepreneurial spirit."

Sakena Yacoobi won the top Opus Prize and accepted a $1 million honorarium to advance her work bringing education and health care to women and children in Afghanistan. Yacoobi founded the Afghan Institute of Learning, a women-led non-governmental organization that has grown to be the largest NGO in that war-torn country. The profile of Yacoobi published on the Opus foundation website describes her as "devoted to transforming the minds and hearts of people through education in the hope they will think for themselves and choose to be peaceful."

Sr. Carol was recognized for her work advocating for socially just health reforms that expand coverage to the uninsured in the U.S. The Fahmina Institute, an Indonesian NGO, was honored for its work advancing religious studies and empowering groups that are exploited and marginalized.

Finalists each received a $75,000 honorarium. Sr. Carol said she plans to use the money for insurance enrollment efforts and to help those still not covered by health insurance.

"This year's finalists are inspiring examples of the positive difference that each of us can make in our communities and indeed our world. They embody the Jesuit principle of being women and men in service of others," said John DeGioia. He is president of Georgetown University, which partnered with the Opus foundation to select the winners and host the Nov. 13 awards ceremony at the university's campus in Washington, D.C.


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