Gonzaga names jurors for Opus Prize nominees

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University, chosen to host the 2014 Opus Prize, one the world’s most prestigious faith-based humanitarian honors, has selected 15 distinguished jurors who will meet at Gonzaga this month to narrow the list of nominees for the award to three finalists and one alternate.

Returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner Marj Humphrey has been chosen as one of the jurors to narrow the list of nominees.

Gonzaga will welcome prize finalists to campus Oct. 12-16 for a series of events designed to inspire the region. The Opus Foundation will select the primary award winner by late summer based, in part, on the judgment of GU students, faculty and staff who will have participated in vetting trips to the work sites of the finalists.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s major honors for faith-based humanitarian initiatives, the annual award supports the work of one of these “unsung heroes” with a $1 million award and the efforts of the other two finalists with $100,000 each. Opportunities for the Gonzaga and Spokane communities to learn with and from the three Opus Prize finalists begin Oct.14 and include classroom discussions and open presentations, concluding with a public awards ceremony Oct. 16 at Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox.

Gonzaga expects the finalists’ narratives of “faith that does justice” to propel the campus community and residents of the Inland Northwest toward greater awareness and support of social justice work worldwide.

Michael Herzog, professor of English and chief of staff to Gonzaga’s president, has assumed responsibility for the project.