Archbishop Charles J. Chaput received the Pope John Paul II Award for his support of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, on Friday, Jan. 2 in Nashville, Tenn.
He was attending SEEK 2015, the five-day national conference for FOCUS that drew nearly 10,000 attendees, most of them college students. (Learn more about FOCUS here.)
According to the group, the archbishop “has played an instrumental role in FOCUS’ founding and expansion to 100 campuses nationwide,” including Temple University in Philadelphia. The award “honors Catholics who, by their demonstrated commitment and witness, inspire others to the universal call to holiness and the renewal of humanity.”
The archbishop also celebrated Mass for the convention attendees the following day, Jan. 3. Watch his homily below:
Watch the award video for the archbishop below:
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