A Liturgy and Feast 2015
The Feast of St. Jerome’s is an annual fundraising event at St. Jerome’s University that honours The Chancellor John Sweeney Award recipient and raises funds in support of the primary fundraising priority of the University. This year’s fundraiser will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 and will begin with a Liturgy at St. Michaels Parish in Waterloo. Dinner will follow at St. George Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m. This fundraiser will support financial aid for St. Jerome’s University students and is an integral part supporting the unique Catholic educational experience for SJU students.
This year’s Chancellor John Sweeney Award, St. Jerome’s University’s highest service award and honour, will be given to Isabel Uriarte Latorre and Victor Rojas of Chiclayo Peru.
The Chancellor John Sweeney Award is an award given to an exemplary leader and educator and is named after the first lay Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University, John Sweeney. It is given to an individual(s) who display exceptional service to both their local community and the University over the course of their life. This award has been established and is awarded annually to celebrate those publicly living a life rooted in the values of truth, faith and justice and who have demonstrated a selfless giving of their time and leadership to others. It also recognizes the importance of Catholic education in an ever-changing post-secondary landscape, as St. Jerome’s University works to shape its future students into leaders willing to engage and challenge the status quo.
This years recipients Isabel Uriarte Latorre and Victor Rojas began PROASSA (translated into English means South American Sustainable Agriculture Promoters) an organization aimed at improving the lives and realities of marginalized groups in the northern Andes of Peru through small-scale coffee production.
Every year a group of students visits PROASSA through St. Jerome’s University’s SJU in Peru program to learn about the vital relationship between food producers and food consumers. This program raises awareness to students around patterns of consumption and waste, the disparity between the global north and south, and aims illuminate exploitative arrangements within the marketplace and how these may exacerbate gender inequality.
To combat not only global inequality but also the continued marginalization of women, a cause close to Isabel and her husband Victor, PROASSA began a partnership with Café Feminino--a regional coffee producer. The partnership was established to grow a coffee brand, titled Café Feminino as well, which produced coffee made exclusively by women. The empowerment of local women through employment opportunities has allowed these women the chance to increase their profile in economic and social rights conversations, in addition to increasing their say in family and community matters.
Isabel and Victor have been selected this year for Chancellor John Sweeney Award for their incredible contribution to sustainable development in Peru. Moreover, their selfless service over the last 40 years has significantly contributed to the betterment of the lives of rural farmers and women.
Isabel and Victors contribution has greatly impacted students visiting from St. Jerome’s University; leaving with them an outlook and definition of the term ‘development’ that is forever enlightened. Their contributions have helped to create unique educational experiences for undergraduate students at St. Jerome’s and fosters globally informed citizens who are motivated to serve and contribute back to the various communities they find themselves within.
Please join us on Saturday October 3, 2015 as we celebrate Isabel and Victor’s outstanding achievements and contribution with our annual event, The Feast.