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Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J.

Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) honored Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on Wednesday, November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Over 80 people attended the ceremony, among which were members of Fr. Smolich’s family as well as several of his Jesuit brothers.

 

The invocation was given by Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. President of Santa Clara University A special video message from the President of the University of Central America in El Salvador, Fr. Andreu Oliva, S.J. and the Human Rights Institute of the UCA, Fr. Jose Maria Tojeira, S.J. was shown. There were also some candid personal stories shared with Fr. Smolich were given by former CRISPAZ Board Member Robert LaSalle-Klein and current CRISPAZ Board Member Fr. Peter Neely, S.J. Finally, Rev. Peter Hinde, O.Carm., one of the original founders of CRISPAZ presented Fr. Smolich with a plaque handmade by artisans form La Palma, Chalatenango



About Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J.

Smiley faceFather Thomas H. Smolich, SJ has served as the International Director of Jesuit Refugee Services since October 2015.

 

Fr. Smolich entered the Jesuits in 1974 and was ordained a priest in 1986. After ordination, he was assigned to Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles, where he served seven years as an Associate Pastor and was the Executive Director of Proyecto Pastoral, a community development organization based at Dolores Mission, from 1988-1993.

 

From 1996-98, he was a project manager for the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, developing affordable housing for families in the San Francisco Bay area. He then joined the staff of California Province Jesuits as Assistant to the Provincial for Planning and Programs in 1998. Fr. Smolich served as the Provincial of the Jesuits of the California Province from 1999-2005 and then as President of the Jesuit Conference USA from 2006-2014.

 

Fr. Smolich earned his MBA from Stanford University (1996), a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Loyola Marymount University (1992), and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1986). He has also served as a member of several boards, including the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (2014 to present), the Jesuit School of Theology (1992-2006 and 2007-2014); America Magazine (2006-2014), and CRISPAZ--Christians for Peace in El Salvador (2007-2014)

 

Fr. Smolich enjoys cooking, gardening, and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.





CRISPAZ would like to express our deepest gratitude to Santa Clara University for heartily accepting to host the 2016 CRISPAZ Peace Award ceremony honoring Fr. Thomas Smolich.

 

We are absolutely thrilled and honored by Santa Clara University’s ample generosity, and cannot imagine a more appropriate setting for this event.

 


OSCAR ROMERO CIRCLE:

  • Santa Clara University
  • Pat McSweeney
  • Jesuit Community of Fordham University
  • Anonymous Sponsor
  • The University of Scranton
  • Anonymous Sponsor

 


RUTILIO GRANDE CIRCLE:

  • Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland
  • Jesuit Conference

 


CELINA & ELBA RAMOS CIRCLE:

  • Ignatian Solidarity Network
  • Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.
    President, University of Scranton
  • St. Ignatius Jesuit Community, San Francisco, CA
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Equal Exchange
  • Dr. Thomas Kunkel
  • Jesuit Community of Nogales
 
 

About the Award

Inspired in the testimony of the Martyrs of El Salvador, the CRISPAZ Peace Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the preferential option for the poor in their work for the promotion of peace and social justice. CRISPAZ, the awarding organization, has for more than three decades enabled thousands of individuals, many from North America, to accompany the Salvadoran people in their ongoing struggle for peace rooted injustice and compassion

 

Past CRISPAZ Peace Award recipients

• 2009 Centro Monseñor Romero at the UCA

• 2010 Sr. Peggy O’Neill CAP

• 2011 Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J.

• 2012 CoMadres

• 2013 Cofamide

• 2014 ProBusqueda

• 2015 Hospitalito

• 2016 Fr.Thomas Smolich, S.J.

 


   


   

Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J.

Smiley faceChristians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) honored Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J., with the CRISPAZ Peace Award on Wednesday, November 30, at an evening reception at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. Over 80 people attended the ceremony, among which were members of Fr. Smolich’s family as well as several of his Jesuit brothers.

 

The invocation was given by Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. President of Santa Clara University A special video message from the President of the University of Central America in El Salvador, Fr. Andreu Oliva, S.J. and the Human Rights Institute of the UCA, Fr. Jose Maria Tojeira, S.J. was shown. There were also some candid personal stories shared with Fr. Smolich were given by former CRISPAZ Board Member Robert LaSalle-Klein and current CRISPAZ Board Member Fr. Peter Neely, S.J. Finally, Rev. Peter Hinde, O.Carm., one of the original founders of CRISPAZ presented Fr. Smolich with a plaque handmade by artisans form La Palma, Chalatenango



ABOUT FR. THomas Smolich, S.J.

Father Thomas H Smolich, SJ has served as the International Director of JRS since October 2015.  Fr Smolich entered the Jesuits in 1974 and was ordained a priest in 1986. After ordination, he was assigned to Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles, where he served seven years as an Associate Pastor and was the Executive Director of Proyecto Pastoral, a community development organization based at Dolores Mission, from 1988-1993.  From 1996-98, he was a project manager for the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, developing affordable housing for families in the San Francisco Bay area. He then joined the staff of California Province Jesuits as Assistant to the Provincial for Planning and Programs in 1998. Fr Smolich served as the Provincial of the Jesuits of the California Province from 1999-2005 and then as President of the Jesuit Conference USA from 2006-2014.  Fr Smolich earned his MBA from Stanford University (1996), a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Loyola Marymount University (1992), and a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (1986). He has also served as a member of several boards, including the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (2014 to present), the Jesuit School of Theology (1992-2006 and 2007-2014); America Magazine (2006-2014), and Crispaz--Christians for Peace in El Salvador (2007-2014)  Fr Smolich enjoys cooking, gardening and cheering the San Francisco Giants to victory.





CRISPAZ would like to express our deepest gratitude to Santa Clara University for heartily accepting to host the 2016 CRISPAZ Peace Award ceremony honoring Fr. Thomas Smolich.

 

We are absolutely thrilled and honored by Santa Clara University’s ample generosity, and cannot imagine a more appropriate setting for this event.

 


OSCAR ROMERO CIRCLE:

  • Santa Clara University
  • Pat McSweeney
  • Jesuit Community of Fordham University
  • Anonymous Sponsor
  • The University of Scranton
  • Anonymous Sponsor

 


RUTILIO GRANDE CIRCLE:

  • Jesuit Community of Loyola University Maryland
  • Jesuit Conference

 


CELINA & ELBA RAMOS CIRCLE:

  • Ignatian Solidarity Network
  • Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.
    President, University of Scranton
  • St. Ignatius Jesuit Community, San Francisco, CA
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Equal Exchange
  • Dr. Thomas Kunkel
  • Jesuit Community of Nogales

ABOUT THE AWARD

Inspired by the testimony of the Martyrs of El Salvador, the CRISPAZ Peace Award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals or organizations that embody the preferential option for the poor in their work for the promotion of peace and social justice.


Past CRISPAZ Peace Award recipients

2009 Centro Monsernor Romero at the UCA

2010 Sr. Peggy O’Neill CAP

2011 Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J.

2012 CoMadres

2013 Cofamide

2014 ProBusqueda

2015 Hospitalito

2016 Fr. Thomas Smolich, S.J.

   
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