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Religion Prof. Phyllis Zagano Awarded 2014 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice

Dr. Phyllis Zagano, adjunct professor of religion

Boston’s Paulist Center has announced that it will honor Dr. Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence in Hofstra University’s Department of Religion, with the 2014 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Dr. Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women’s issues in the church. A former Fulbright Fellow, her biographical listings include Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in American Education. She is also a featured contributor for the National Catholic Reporter.

“Her life and her work have consistently echoed the cry of the poorest of our society for dignity and for justice both inside and outside the church. This award honors Dr. Zagano’s exceptional efforts and lifelong commitment to the goals of Isaac Hecker,” says Susan Rutkowski spokesperson for the Boston Paulist Center.

The Paulist Center is a Catholic community that draws members from throughout metro-Boston as well as those for whom social justice, education, and evangelization are central to their faith. Since 1974, their annual Hecker Award for Social Justice has recognized a North American Catholic who has labored for a more just and peaceful world.  Dr. Zagano joins former recipients, including Dorothy Day, Cesar Chavez, and Sister Helen Prejean.

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