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Justice Clarence Thomas Receives Benedict Leadership Award

Washington, DC – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has been named the fourth recipient of the Benedict Leadership Award. The award was to be given at Belmont Abbey College but Just one day before the scheduled presentation ceremony at Belmont Abbey College, the event was cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The presentation of this prestigious award, however, was recently held in the Justice’s chambers.

The Institute selected Justice Thomas in recognition for his extraordinary career as a defender of the Constitution and his enduring leadership as a man of faith.

On July 1, 1991, Justice Thomas was nominated by President George Bush to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He is currently the longest serving Justice on the Supreme Court. He also released a book in 2007 entitled My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, which became an immediate bestseller.

Conor Gallagher, Executive Director of the Benedict Leadership Institute, made the following comment to Justice Thomas: “While your life displays numerous reasons for being worthy of the Benedict Leadership Award, the Committee wishes to honor and highlight your leadership in defense of our nation’s Constitution and your personal witness as a man of faith.”

Justice Thomas has a particular fondness for Belmont Abbey’s tradition, for he was educated and loved by Benedictine nuns, which he affectionately refers to as “my nuns”. Coming from dire poverty in a segregated world, it was the compassion and faithfulness of these Benedictine sisters that helped shape the man that Justice Thomas has become.

The Benedict Leadership Institute was founded in 2016 by Belmont Abbey College to develop and inspire Catholic leaders to transform society while remaining true to their faith. The Benedict Leadership Award aims to recognize outstanding men and women whose achievements reflect the heroic leadership of St. Benedict. 


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