Congratulations Sister Marilyn Lacey – Opus Prize 2017 Winner!

Congratulations to Sister Marilyn Lacey, who won the 2017 Opus Prize last week at the annual Opus Prize event, held this year at Regis University!

From the Regis University website: “Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 to bring dignity to women and girls in South Sudan and Haiti through education and job training. To date, Mercy Beyond Borders has helped more than 1,400 women and girls recognize their inherent worth and unique talents.”

Read more about last weeks’s Opus Prize event here.

Opus Prize

The Opus Prize recognizes unsung heroes who are conquering the world’s most persistent social problems.

From the Opus Prize website:

“The Opus Prize is an annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizing leaders and organizations that develop creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Prize is awarded in partnership with Catholic universities, providing new opportunities to inspire the next generation of servant leaders. From improving education in Afghanistan to supporting the families of incarcerated women in New York City, Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation.

The Opus Prize is more than just an award. It’s a promise to inspire students poised to impact the future. It’s when faith takes root and innovation happens. It’s an opportunity to champion change and be changed.”

Mano a Mano Co-Founder was an Opus Prize Finalist in 2012

The Opus Prize is a special award for Mano a Mano, since our co-founder Segundo Velasquez was a finalist for the 2012 Opus Prize, which was held at St. Kate’s on November 8, 2012. The Finalist award included a $100,000 prize for Mano a Mano (the Star Tribune wrote an article about Mano a Mano and the award, as well as the Pioneer Press).

Segundo Velasquez in Bolivia as part of the Opus trip in 2012.

Segundo Velasquez in Bolivia as part of the Opus trip in 2012.

Segundo’s Acceptance Speech at the Opus Prize Ceremony at St. Kate’s