BRIEF: Gonzaga announces finalists for faith-based, million-dollar award

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promo-finalistsAfter searching the world for great faith-based humanitarians, Gonzaga University today announced three finalists for the 2014 Opus Prize: Sister Tesa Fitzgerald of Hour Children in Queens, New York; Gollapalli Israel, of the Janodayam Social Education Centre in Chennai, India; and the Rev. Joseph Maier, of the Mercy Centre Human Development Foundation in Bangkok.

The winner of the Opus Prize, sponsored by the Opus Prize Foundation, will be announced at an Oct. 16 ceremony in Spokane and will be awarded $1 million to further his or her work; two finalists will be awarded $100,000 each. Gonzaga will host all three finalists for a series of campus and public events Oct. 14-16.

“The Opus Prize Foundation intends for this philanthropic work to inspire college students, and it has provided an exceptional educational experience for all those involved,” said Michael Herzog, chair of Gonzaga’s Opus Prize Steering Committee.

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