"Caritas" is Christian or Christ-like love for others. Caritas is more than a feeling of positive regard or care for others for it always leads to the outpouring or giving of oneself through service to others which provides healing or builds them up and honors their dignity as persons who bear the image and likeness of God. Caritas is most commonly extended to persons or communities in need, to those who are treated as of lesser value because of some condition in their life.
The Caritas Man of Extraordinary Service Award seeks to encourage and honor Johnnies who demonstrate Caritas through their service to others while enrolled at Saint John's University. Caritas Extraordinary Service may begin in a variety of ways such as through an academic service-learning requirement; through volunteer service related to student development programming, through a work program, or through self-initiative with an external agency or even through no agency at all; but it shows a personal commitment that goes beyond expectations in one or more of the following characteristics:
Typically each year one First Year Johnnie, one Sophomore Johnnie, one Junior Johnnie, and one Senior Johnnie will be chosen to receive this award. Each Man of Extraordinary Service will receive a $2,500 scholarship for their demonstrated commitment to service. Note: Students may only receive this award once during their time at SJU.
Early in the spring semester, a call for nominations is issued to CSB/SJU students, staff, and faculty.
In determining the recipients of this award, the Caritas Man of Extraordinary Service Award Selection Committee considers the above characteristics.
After being nominated, the students will be required to write one 300 - 700 word essay collectively answering the following questions:
Nominees must also submit a copy of their résumé listing their service experience in the following three catagories: Self-Initiated, Academic, and Work.
Pictured: Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Abdirizak Jama, Frantz Soiro, Ramond Mitchell, Peter Johnson, and Dr. Michael Hemesath
Brian Vander Heiden