Living the Mission

Nominations are being accepted for the 2010 Sanctae Crucis Awards. Established in 1998 with judging criteria based on the College’s mission, the awards honor alumni achievement, and are the highest honor Holy Cross can bestow on a graduate of the College.

“The primary goals of the Sanctae Crucis Awards are to honor outstanding alumni and in so doing recognize and celebrate the distinctive mission of Holy Cross,” says Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president.

The list of previous honorees includes inaugural recipient Mary G. Berner ’81, who was selected for her stellar accomplishments in magazine publishing and her support of St. Pius School for Girls in the South Bronx; and Lisa D. Levine, M.D., ’01, who was honored in 2009 for her work to bring gynecological care to third-world nations. Capt. Robert P. McGovern, U.S.A., ’89, another 2009 recipient, went from the Hill to the NFL to a role as a special narcotics prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and finally to his work as a judge advocate general in the U.S. Army.

There are three categories for the Sanctae Crucis Award:

Distinguished Professional Achievement. An alumnus/alumna “who, as a leader in business, professional or civic life, lives by the highest intellectual and ethical standards …” The alumnus/alumna is widely recognized by colleagues as greatly accomplished in his/her field. The individual’s private business or professional affairs are imbued with hard work, integrity and Judeo-Christian principles reflecting honor and glory on Holy Cross.

Outstanding Community Service. An alumnus/alumna who “seeks to exemplify the longstanding dedication of the Society of Jesus to the intellectual life and its commitment to the service of faith and promotion of justice …” The individual performs outstanding and praiseworthy service in the interests of humanity and reflects honor and glory on the College.

Outstanding Young Alumnus/Alumna. An alumnus/alumna under age 40, who has already demonstrated a promising degree of worthy accomplishment. He or she is “open to new ideas, patient with ambiguity and uncertainty and combines a passion for truth with respect for the views of others …“ The individual has achieved outstanding personal or professional accomplishments that reflect honor and glory on the College.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 1, 2010. In order to be eligible for nomination, individuals must be Holy Cross graduates who have not received an honorary degree from the College. Current Holy Cross Trustees are not eligible while in service on the Board.

To submit a nomination, visit the senior vice president’s Web site at There you will find an online form and a printable form, which can be mailed to Office of the Senior Vice President, PO Box VP, College of the Holy Cross, One College Street, Worcester, MA 01610.
The Awards ceremony will be held at the annual spring dinner meeting of the Board of Trustees.