OST Awarded Cardinal Cushing Medal by CARA

Originally Published on Oblate School of Theology’s Facebook Page


  • On October 27, Oblate School of Theology was awarded the Cardinal Cushing Medal for Advancement of Church Research by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. CARA is a national, non-profit, Georgetown University affiliated research center that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church. This special distinction was bestowed on OST because of its outstanding acculturation program for International Priests (IPI) and pioneering evaluation and research programs carried out jointly by CARA and IPI in the USA. Frs. Ron Carignan, OMI, founder of the IPI program and its present Director, Fr. Vincent Louwagie, OMI received the award in name of OST.
  • The award is a key part of the 50 year celebration of CARA’s activities in the USAand closely tied to the recently published study, “Bridging the Gap” co-sponsoredby OST and CARA. This publication includes an in depth study of challenges andopportunities faced by International Priests and the communities they serve in the United States today.


(L-R) Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D., Ph.D., Chair, CARA Board of Directors, Bishop of Tucson, Fr. Ron Carignan, OMI, Director, International Priest Development Program, Fr. Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ, Ph.D., CARA Executive Director, Mary Gautier, Ph.D., Editor, The Cara Report, Fr. William Antone, OMI, Provincial of USA Province, Fr. Vincent Louwagie, OMI, Director, International Priest Internship.