BY ISN STAFF | June 1, 2015
NEW ORLEANS, LA – Mary Baudouin, a former member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Board of Directors (2004-2010) will be recognized by Loyola University New Orleans with the Adjutor Hominum Award, which honors an outstanding Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of the Jesuit education — moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity.
Baudouin, a New Orleans native who spent much of her life working for social justice and ministering in the Catholic Church at the local and national levels has been honored with the highest alumni award from Loyola University New Orleans.“I am so touched to receive this award from the school that absolutely shaped me and inspired me to become an advocate for social justice,” Baudouin said in a recent story on Loyola University’s website. “The Jesuits, my professors, and my friends at Loyola helped me to understand that our faith calls us to do what we can to create a world where the poor and excluded find a place at the table and also gave me practical tools and abiding hope needed to work for that kind of world.”
Baudouin graduated from Loyola in 1978 with a degree in social work. While at Loyola, she led a group of students who started LUCAP, the Loyola University Community Action Program, a student-led volunteer service and advocacy program now in its 40th year. Baudouin went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
After returning to New Orleans, Baudouin built a career working in the social justice ministry in the Catholic Church, including 14 years with Catholic Charities and the Office of the Social Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote their pastoral letter on the U.S. economy in 1987, Baudouin coordinated their Office of Implementation for the United States Catholic Conference Office of Social Development and World Peace. She also spent seven years working as a consultant with faith-based and social service nonprofits in the South, specializing in the areas of strategic planning, board development and grant-writing.
Baudouin has worked since 2003 as the provincial assistant for social ministries of the Jesuits, first with the New Orleans Province and now with the newly formed United States Central and Southern Province. In this role she came to be a founding member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Board of Directors serving from 2004 to 2010. She continues to support the work of ISN, helping province institutions to come to know the work of ISN and inviting them to engage more deeply with ISN’s social justice education and advocacy effort. Baudouin has played a key role in planning committees for ISN events over the years, most notably a 2007 Teach-In which brought hundreds of Jesuit college and high school students to New Orleans to learn about racial justice and Hurricane Katrina.
In addition to coordinating social justice ministries for the province, she is responsible for the annual Ministry of Management training seminar for priests and lay leaders of Jesuit works. She serves as an associate for the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola, where she helps to lead Catholic dialogues on immigration and the child migrant crisis and human rights with a private prison company.
She currently serves on the boards of The Harry Tompson Center, St. Mary’s Dominican High School (her alma mater) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. In addition to her service on the ISN board, she was a founding board member of The Isaiah Fund.
[SOURCES for this story include Loyola University New Orleans]