2022 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is a native of Concordia, Kansas, the son of Joseph and Marian DeMarais
Chaput. He joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965, and was ordained
to the priesthood in 1970.
In his early career, His Excellency served as Vicar Provincial of Capuchin Province of Mid-America and
pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Colorado. He was elevated to Provincial Minister and Chief Executive prior
to being ordained Bishop of Rapid City, SD in 1988. As Bishop, he founded the Office of Native Ministry
and served on the USCCB Subcommittee on Native American Catholics. Pope John Paul II appointed him
Archbishop of Denver in 1997. A descendent of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe on his maternal side,
he is the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States, and the first Native
As Archbishop of Denver, he served as Chancellor of Redemptorist Mater Seminary, and founded the St.
John Vianney Theological Seminary. His Excellency co-founded the lay-organizations: FOCUS, CALL,
ENDOW, and the Augustine Institute. He served on countless Boards and USCCB Committees including
the Committee for Divine Worship, Migration, Pro-Life Activities, and Healthcare. He received Apostolic
Commissions to visit seminaries in the United States, Australia and Canada.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011 where His Excellency began the
arduous task of restructuring the Archdiocese. He was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity,
hosted the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit to the United States, and was elected to the
permanent council of the Synod of Bishops. He founded IRRP, a reconciliation program for victims of
sexual abuse. After nine years of faithful leadership, Pope Francis accepted his resignation and he
became Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia in 2020.
2020 Justice Clarence Thomas
Justice Clarence Thomas currently serves as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United
States. He is currently the most senior associate justice on the Court. Justice Thomas succeeded
Thurgood Marshall and is the second African American to serve on the Court. Among the current
members of the Court, he is the longest-serving justice, with a tenure of more than 28 years.
Justice Thomas grew up in Savannah, Georgia, and attended Holy Cross in Worcester,
Massachusetts, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu and the Purple Key Society. Thomas
graduated from Holy Cross in 1971 with an A.B. cum laude in English literature. Justice Thomas
received his law degree from Yale in 1974.
He was appointed an Assistant Attorney General in Missouri in 1974, and subsequently practiced
law there in the private sector. In 1979, he became a legislative assistant to United States Senator
John Danforth, and in 1981 was appointed Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S.
Department of Education. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Thomas Chairman of the
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush nominated Thomas for a seat on the United States Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served in that role for 16 months, and on July 1,
1991, was nominated by Bush to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since joining the court, Thomas has taken a textualist approach, seeking to uphold the original
meaning of the United States Constitution and statutes. He is also, along with fellow justice Neil
Gorsuch, an advocate of natural law jurisprudence. Thomas is generally viewed as the most
conservative member of the court. Justice Thomas has been married to his wife Virginia for 33
years. Conferring the 2020 Award has been delayed due to Covid-19.
2019 Michael P. Warsaw
Michael P. Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer of EWTN. He joined EWTN in 1991 and has held senior management positions in the areas of television production, satellite operations, and technical services, working directly with Mother Angelica, the network’s founder, on all of her major initiatives. Michael was named President of EWTN in 2000 and assumed the post of chief executive officer in 2009. With the Network’s 2011 acquisition of the National Catholic Register, he became its publisher. Michael assumed the post of chairman of the board of EWTN in 2013. In that capacity he oversees the network’s strategic direction and mission around the world. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed him as a Consultor to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications.
2018 Leonard A. Leo
Leonard A. Leo is a native of Long Island, New York. He attended Cornell University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1986, and completed a law degree at Cornell Law School in 1989. While studying law at Cornell, Leo founded a student chapter of the Federalist Society in 1989 and is Executive Vice president today. Leo has been influential in the appointment of three Supreme Court nominees including Justices Roberts and Alito, and most recently advising President Trump on the appointment of Justice Gorsuch.
He was served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has been a U.S. Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights as well as the Organization of Security and Cooperation and World Health Assembly. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Leo served as National Co-Chairman of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee, and as the 2004 Bush presidential campaign’s Catholic Strategist. He serves on multiple Boards of Directors including: the National Prayer Breakfast, the Catholic Information Center, and The Catholic University of America. He is a Member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He and his wife Sally have raised seven children, two of whom were diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb.
2017 Carl A. Anderson
As supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, which has nearly 2 million members.
Mr. Anderson has had a distinguished career as a public servant and educator. From 1983 to 1987, he served in various positions of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, including special assistant to the President and acting director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Following his service at the White House, Mr. Anderson served for nearly a decade as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
From 1983 to 1998, Mr. Anderson taught as a visiting professor of family law at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In 1988, he became the founding vice president and first dean of the Washington, D.C., session of this graduate school of theology now located at The Catholic University of America.
Since Mr. Anderson assumed the responsibilities of supreme knight in 2000, the Knights of Columbus have achieved new heights in charitable giving, providing in 2015 alone $175,079,192 directly to charity and more than 73.5 million hours in volunteer service.
In addition, Supreme Knight Anderson has overseen consistently strong growth in the Knights’ financial resources. In 2015, the Order’s insurance in force surpassed $100 billion, an amount that has more than doubled in the last 12 years.