Ignatian Solidarity Network honored Don MacMillan, S.J. with the Robert M. Holstein ”Faith Doing Justice” Award on Tuesday April 24, 2012 at Boston College. More than 125 people gathered to celebrate Macmillan’s tremendous witness to the social teachings of Catholic faith through his solidarity with the economically poor and marginalized in the United States and around the world.
The evening featured fine food and conversation, as well as remarks by ISN executive director, Christopher Kerr, a tribute to MacMillan by Victoria Kennedy, the award presentation by ISN boardmembers Robyn Caponi and Jack Raslowsky, and finally remarks by Macmillan. During his speech, MacMillan offered reflections on his work with students to call attention to the deaths of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador and the many trips he has made to Cuernevaca, Mexico with student-immersion experiences.
The Robert M. Holstein “Faith Doing Justice Award” honors one individual nationally each year who has demonstrated a significant commitment to leadership for social justice grounded in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The award’s namesake, the late Robert (Bob) M. Holstein, was a former California Province Jesuit, labor lawyer, fierce advocate for social justice, and one of the founders of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) – the precursor to the Ignatian Solidarity Network. MacMillan has embodied the spirit of the award in his ministry and teaching roles at Boston College, Boston College High Schooland Bishop Connolly High School.