The Sister Mary Anthony Wagner Award is presented annually to one or more alumnae of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary who have prophetically and courageously embraced and used their gifts, and encouraged other women to develop their gifts for the good of the church and the world.
When the academic program for seminarians and the graduate program in theology for lay students merged in 1974 to form the School of Theology, S. Mary Anthony Wagner, OSB, served as its first dean. S. Mary Anthony drew on her own gifts of compassion and leadership to draw out the gifts of others. With great vision, she recognized the need for women working in the church to have sound theological education. Working with Saint John’s University in its prophetic mission to offer theological education to lay people, and especially women, S. Mary Anthony was a dynamic role model for women in leadership roles in the church.
The intent of this award is to remember the vision and courage of S. Mary Anthony in her commitment to empowering women to use their talents and gifts for the good of church and society, and to thereby encourage new generations of women by honoring alumnae who have taken up her legacy and moved it forward.
2006 S. Mary Frances Reis, VHM '80
2005 Women graduates of the class of 1963
The Ezekiel: Prophet of Hope Award is presented in alternating years to one or more alums of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary who, through their example, have challenged students, alums, and the entire Saint John’s community to promote the work of building collaborative environments in which lay, ordained and religious can live out their prophetic ministries to the church and the world.
Saint John’s Abbey and University have a long history of prophetic ministry to the church. The establishment of the Benedictine Institute of Sacred Theology in 1958, the first graduate theological studies program for women in the United States, set the stage for the subsequent evolution of a dynamic model of education for collaborative ministry at Saint John’s. For 40 years, Saint John’s has been increasingly involved in and committed to the ministerial education of religious sisters and brothers, lay men and women, and ordination candidates, providing them the opportunity to learn together, just as they will serve the church together.
Just as Ezekiel saw a splendid vision of the new and everlasting temple, modern prophets offer us new and sustainable visions for the church. To inspire and challenge alums, students and the entire Saint John’s community, this award seeks to lift up individuals who have dynamically lived out the principles of collaboration and ecumenism that are at the heart of the mission and the Benedictine heritage of Saint John’s.
2016 Bernie Evans '71
2014 Charles Sullivan '69
2007 Doris Murphy '77
2005 Angelino Rulli '95