St. Peter Canisius Medal


Who was Saint Peter Canisius?

St. Peter Canisius was born in Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 1521. After earning his Masters Degree from the University of Cologne, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1543 through the influence of Peter Faber, an original companion of St. Ignatius Loyola. Through his preaching and writing, Peter Canisius became one of the most influential Jesuits in the early Society. During his lifetime he founded over 13 colleges throughout what is today Central Europe, including the University of Innsbruck. He urged moderation and reconciliation when dealing with Protestants and those with different views. He was a remarkably effective preacher, theologian and administrator. He died in 1597 and was canonized by Pope Pius IX in 1864. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1925 by Pius XI.


2022 St. Peter Canisius Awardees

The inaugural medallists honoured this year, like Peter Canisius, have been selected for their resilience, their willingness to engage and accompany, and their courage in the face of hostility. They are examples of the Society's four preferences.


                     Dean Nancy Tuchman and Professor Mike Schuck (ACJU-NA)



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                                              Fr. Ignacimuhu Sarvarimuthu (JHEASA)



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                                             Fr. Salim Dacacche (Kircher Network)



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                           Universidad Centroamericana, UCA, Nicaragua (AUSJAL)


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                                                   Fr. Angelo Gherardi (AJCU-AM)


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                                                Xavier Learning Community (AJCU-AP)


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