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Pierre Toussaint Medallion Honorees

Pierre Toussaint Medallion Recipients

  • 2018
    • Peter James Johnson Jr., Esq. (President, Leahey & Johnson, P.C.)
    • Ramon Tallaj, M.D. (Chairman of the Board, SOMOS Community Care)
  • 2017
    • Dr. Pernessa C. Seele (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Balm in Gilead, Inc.)
    • +Reverend Monsignor Howard W. Calkins (Posthumously) (Beloved Priest of the Archdiocese) 
    • +Reverend Monsignor Paul A. Lenz (Posthumously) (Former National Director, Black and Indian Mission Fund)
    • Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York in recognition of their Centennial Anniversary ~ 2017
  • 2016
    • Dominique Dawes (Multiple Olympic Gold-medal gymnast)
    • M. Roger Holland II (Composer – liturgical music; Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology) 
  • 2015
    • Robert Smith (Founder/CEO of Vista Equity Partners, investor, and philanthropist) 
  • 2014
    • Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook (U.S.. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom from 2011-2013) 
    • Mario J. Paredes (American Bible Society, Presidential Liasion Roman Catholic Ministries)
  • 2013
    • Rev. Msgr. John Meehan (Senior Priest & Former Pastor – Archdiocese of New York)
    • Rev. Msgr. Kevin Sullivan (Executive Director, Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of  New York)
    • David Ushery (Veteran News Anchor, WNBC News 4 NY)
  • 2012 
    • Most Rev. Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle (Archbishop of Accra, Ghana) 
      Deacon Patrick Moynihan
      Oblate Sisters of Providence 
      Milton Williams, Jr., Esq.
  • 2011
    • Dr. Beverly Carroll (Former Assistant Director of the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB)
    • Rev. Reynaldo Culaba, CSsR (Redemptorist Missionary & accomplished artist)
    • Joey Lowe (Founder, Israel-at-Heart; Advocate for Ethiopian Jewish Community in Israel)
  • 2010
    • Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza (Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the U.N.; Former Papal Nuncio to Haiti & Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince) 
    • +Dr. Dolores Bernadette Grier (Former Vice Chancellor, Archdiocese of New York)
    • Kenneth Hackett (Former President of Catholic Relief Services)
    • Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE (President & C.E.O., Catholic Health Initiatives)
  • 2009 
    • Gerald S. Adolph (Sr. Partner, Booz & Company & Alumnus/Board member of Cardinal                    Spellman H.S.)
    • Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D. (World-renowned Black Catholic Evangelist & Preacher; Founder of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life)
    • Gerald M. Keenan (Managing Director, Palmer Bellevue LLC; former partner, PriceWaterhouseCooper LLP and Cooper & Lybrand LLP)
  • 2008
    • Dr. Benjamin S. Carson (World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon & former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Center; President & Co-founder, Carson Scholars; U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – appointed in 2017)
    • Immaculee Ilibagiza (Survivor of Rwandan genocide; international peace & human rights advocate)
    • +Thomas Moran (Chairman, President & CEO, Mutual of America; Chairman of the Board, Concern Worldwide, USA)
    • Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., D.D. (Retired Bishop of the Diocese of Memphis)
    • Michael Weekes (Retired long-time Sacristan, St. Patrick’s Cathedral)
  • 2007 
    • Ayris & Samuel Granby Jr. (Founders, Granby Funeral Services; Supporters of  numerous community causes) 
    • Stanley E. Grayson (Vice Chairman & COO of M.R. Beal & Company; Co-Chairman of the Board, Catholic Charities – Archdiocese of New York)
    • +Verne Oliver (Educator (of over 50 years); Associate Director, Gilder Foundation; Supporter of Archdiocesan Inner-city Schools)
    • +Father John Brooks, S.J. (Former President, College of the Holy Cross)
    • +His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan ( Former Archbishop New York)
  • 2006
    • Mrs. Marilyn Benta
    • Theodore M. Shaw, Esq. (Former Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) and Alumnus of Cardinal Spellman H.S.)
    • Dr. Stephen Sweeny (Former President, The College of New Rochelle)
    • +Ms. Mary Lou Williams (Posthumously) (jazz musician & composer)
  • 2005 
    • Dr. Norman C. Francis (President-Emeritus, Xavier University of Louisiana – the only historically Black, Catholic university in the US) 
    • Carla Ann Harris (Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley; Singer, Author & Catholic School Patron: Appointed by President Obama to chair the National Women’s Buisness Council in 2013)
    • Melissa M. Freeman, M.D.
    • Justice Milton L. Williams (Former Presiding Justice, NYS Supreme Court~Appellate Division)
  • 2004
    • Mrs. Beryl Thompson-Adolph & +Mr. Leroy G. Adolph
    • Mr. Carl Hamilton
    • Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory (Archbishop of Atlanta; Former President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)
  • 2003 
    • Ms. Mary M. Bailey
    • Ms. Mildred Mitchell
  • 2002 
    • Mr. Daniel L. Coakley
    • Ms. Mary Harwell
  • 2001
    • Mrs. Lillian Johnson
    • Ms. Mary Elizabeth Pettit
  • 2000 – 
    • +Mrs. Mary Cowan
    • +Mrs. Estella Diggs
  • 1999 
    • +His Eminence, John Cardinal O’Connor (Former Archbishop of New York; initial supporter of National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life)
    • Mrs. Naomi McDowell-Byrd
  • 1998 
    • Major General Rosetta Y. Burke
    • Sr. Loretta Theresa Richards, F.H.M.
  • 1997 
    • +Mrs. Dahlia Haskins    
    • +Mr. Philip Kane
  • 1996 
    • +Bishop Norbert Dorsey, C.P., D.D., S.T.D.
    • Mr. Lucien Paul
  • 1995
    • Mr. Edward Fox (St. Charles Borromeo)                                                                                           
    • +Arthur Sheehan (Posthumously)
  • 1994
    • Sr. Una McCormack
    • Mr. Herbert Johnson (Former Director of the Office of Black Ministry)
  • 1993
    • +Mrs. Ellen Tarry (Author of The Other Toussaint, a biography of Pierre Toussaint)
  • 1992 
    • Fr. Guy Sansaricq  (Bishop Guy Sansaricq as of August 2006)
  • 1991
    • Rev. Charles McTague
    • Dr. James Dumpson
  • 1990
    • Sr. Francesca Thompson, OSF, Ph.D.
    • Mr. Maceo A. Thomas, Jr.
  • 1989
    • Ms. Mae Matthews
    • +Mr. Walter J. Petry  
  • 1988 
    • +Most Rev. Joseph A. Francis, SVD, D.D.
    • +Clara McBride Hale  
  • 1987
    • +Mr. Waldemar A. Roebuck, SFO, LHD, OFM
    • Mrs. Estelle Dubuisson
  • 1986
    • +Rev. Msgr. Owen J. Scanlon
    • +Ruth Williams Christie
  • 1985
    • +Arlington Edinboro
    • +Rosetta LeNoire  
  • 1984
    • Rev. Benedict M. Taylor, OFM
  • 1983
    • +Snowden Eichelberger (Posthumously)
    • +Guichard Parris
  • 1982
    • James Earl Jones (actor and humanitarian)
    • Louise Gaynor
  • 1981
    • Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
    • +Fr. John LaFarge (Posthumously)
  • 1980
    • +Eddie Bonnemere
    • The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary
  • 1979
    • +Basil Paterson (Former Secretary of State of NY, father of former NY Governor, David Patterson)     
    • +Gladys Northcroft
  • 1978
    • +James Vander Zee
    • +Judge Harold Stevens

+ DECEASED

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