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The Curé of Ars Award, established by Christ the King Seminary's Board of Trustees in 1985, honors individuals whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney.

St. John Vianney was a parish priest of Ars, France, who in 1929 was named by Pope Pius XI as the patron of parish priests − that they might emulate the compassion and self-giving of this simple man.

This award is presented annually to persons and organizations whose qualities include a particular attention to healing those in need of God's reconciling love, a willingness to contribute their gifts towards pastoral care - especially for the needy and poor - and a commitment to the Church as a primary instrument for the divine-human encounter. 

Previous Honorees:

1985       Most Rev. Edward D. Head, D.D.

1986       Mrs. Joseph F. Klausman

1987       Most Rev. Bernard J. McLaughlin, D.D.

1988       His Eminence John Cardinal O'Connor

1989       Rev. Msgr. John J. Conniff

1990       Very Rev. James M. Demske, S.J.

                Rev. Msgr. Paul R. Juenker

1991       Rev. Msgr. Eugene H. Selbert

                Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman

1992       Rev. Msgr. Leo E. Hammerl

                Rev. Msgr. Dino J. Lorenzetti

1993       Sister Angela Bontempo, D.C.

                Most Rev. Stanislaus J. Brzana

1994       Rev. Msgr. John Lodge McHugh

                Dr. & Mrs. Arthur J. Schaefer

1995       Mr. & Mrs. Norman Dusel

                Rev. Msgr. Raymond F. Paa

1996       Mr. William J. Lawley

                Rev. Msgr. Robert C. Wurtz

1997       Dr. Donald L. Hayes

                Rev. Msgr. Rupert A. Wright

1998       Sister M. Tiburtia Gorecki, F.S.S.J.

                Mr. Paul W. Joy

                Rev. Msgr. William J. McDonnell

1999       Miss Joyce E. Fink

                Rev. Msgr. Gerard L. Green

2000       Rev. Msgr. Richard T. Nugent

                Sister Denise A. Roche, G.N.S.H., Ph.D.

2001       Rev. Msgr. Angelo M. Caligiuri

                Mr. Joseph J. Castiglia


2002       Mr. & Mrs. William E. Swan

                Rev. Msgr. Francis G. Weldgen

2003       Rev. Msgr. John W. Zeitler

                Mr. & Mrs. James V. Glynn

2004       Rev. Msgr. W. Jerome Sullivan, J.C.D.

                Sister M. Johnice Rzadkiewicz, C.S.S.F.

2005       Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell

                Mrs. Karen E. Penfold

2006       Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.

                Mr. Eugene P. Vukelic

2007       Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec, D.D.

                Mrs. Ellen E. Koessler

2008       Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham

                Mr. & Mrs. James O'Brien

2009       Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, D.D.

                The Galasso Foundation

2010       Women Religious of Western New York

2011       Most Rev. Edward M. Grosz

                The Vincent & Harriet Palisano Foundation

2012       Rev. Msgr. Frederick D. Leising

                The Amico, Arena, and Ervolina Families

2013       Rev. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher

                James H. Grubka

2014       Rev. Robert M. Yetter

                 Frank and Margaret Zagrobelny

2015        Rev. Msgr. Thomas F. Maloney

                 The Diaconate Community of The Diocese of Buffalo

2016        Rev. Peter Drilling

                Rev. Gregory Faulhaber

                Mrs. Kathleen Heffern