White House Honors Three Jesuits as Leaders in Catholic Education

On Wednesday, January 25th, Jesuit Father Charles L. Currie, Jesuit Father John P. Foley and Jesuit Father William P. Leahy were three of the nine leaders in Catholic education from across the country who was honored at the White House as Champions of Change for their service to their communities and our nation.

These extraordinary individuals have made a significant impact on the students, families, and educators through Catholic schools and universities throughout America. Their innovative ideas and dedication to students and to the wider community, demonstrate the strong commitment to ensuring that every child has an opportunity for greatness.

“We are thrilled to recognize these extraordinary Champions in Catholic Education at the White House. Each of these nine leaders embody the values of education, innovation and service  through their stellar contributions to Catholic schools and the wider communities they serve,” said Alexia Kelley, Senior Policy Advisor White House Office of Faith-Based and  Neighborhood Partnerships. “These Champions, like their colleagues in Catholic education across the country, inspire all of us to build up our communities and our nation’s young people.”

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

4 Responses to “White House Honors Three Jesuits as Leaders in Catholic Education”

  • We would like to bring the Cristo Rey model of education program to Ciudad Juárez, México. Who can we talk to?

    I’m director of Madre Nuestra, a US faith-based non-profit organization inserted and working in Ciudad Juárez for the past two years. We are involved with neighborhoods and communities in the toughest parts of this troubled city, and we feel invited to help them change the environment of violence through education and the ignatian spirituality. As a start we’ve implemented Jesuit Camps (with the Mexican Province) for the past year, but we feel we need and can do more…in our web site you’ll see about Centro Richard Thomas SJ, that could take advantage of your experience with innovative educational programs.

    Please advise.

    Salvador Arturo González-Ayala

  • William Blazek SJ:


    Congratulations one and all. A happy occasion I am certain. I would be interested to learn how the current tension between the bishops and the President over the question of health insurance in Catholic institutions and the provision of the “full spectrum” of reproductive services manifested itself during the visit to the White House. I imagine the Society would like to keep all doors open for dialogue with the administration. It cannot be ignored that there exist profound variances between the teachings of the Church and the current administration’s policies towards conscience, moral questions of sexuality, and the right to life from conception to natural death. With the Presidential election approaching, these issues, which were less persuasive to some Catholics in the last election, may carry more weight in the coming campaigns, especially given that we now have a four year track record of policy-making on these issues to examine and consider.

    Sincerely yours in Christ,
    William Blazek, SJ, MD, FACP

  • Thomas J. Cunnally:

    I had the pleasure to meet Fr. William P. Leahy SJ at our 50th Class Reunion at Boston College, and believe BC is in good hands with this Jesuit Priest as the president of this outstanding university.

  • Padre Juan Foley Purcell S.J,
    Mis afectuosos saludos, Mis Respetos y Mis felicitaciones para Usted, quien hizo mucho bien en el colegio San Ignacio de Loyola de Piura,bien merecido el homenaje recibido en su patria por ser uno de los mejores lideres reconocidos campeones del cambio.
    Le recordamos con mucho respeto y cariño acá en Piura, la ciudad del eterno calor.
    En nombre mio y sé que de toda la familia Ignaciana gracias.
    Un abrazo: