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Honors & Awards

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Each year Fenwick has the privilege of honoring several members of its extended community, who by living the Fenwick tradition of excellence in all that they do, exemplify the Dominican charism and what it means to be a Friar-for-Life.

The Institutional Advancement Department sponsors three main awards and actively solicits nominations for consideration of Fenwick community members—alumni, parents, past parents, faculty and staff, Dominicans, other friends and volunteers—to be honored with the following:

Hall of Fame
Each year two to five members of the Fenwick community who exemplify the values and traditions of Fenwick and achieve at the highest levels of their chosen field of endeavor are inducted into the Fenwick Hall of Fame.

Lumen Tranquillum
Each year one member of the Fenwick community is recognized for being a “quiet light” for his or her outstanding work with children and young adults throughout their exemplary career.

The Torch Award
This award is presented annually at the Pass the Torch golf outing to the matriarch or patriarch of a family with deep, multi-generational ties to Fenwick. Through their love of family and Fenwick, these recipients Pass the Torch to the next generation of Friars.

In addition to the institutional awards presented by Fenwick, the Fenwick Bar Association annually honors one of its members with the Accipiter Award.

The Accipiter Award was first presented in 1997 as a way to honor members of the Fenwick community who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. "Accipiter" is a Latin word meaning "hawk." The award was named in honor of Fr. Joseph Hren, O.P., longtime teacher of Latin at Fenwick High School. Fr. Hren often was known among students as The Hawk for his devotion to detail and accuracy and his love for Latin, the language of the Law.

Occasionally, Fenwick honors a distinguished alumnus/a in the medical profession with the St. Martin de Porres Award and/or a distinguished alumnus/a who has excelled in the arts with the St. Genesius Award.

The St. Martin de Porres Award recipient must be a member of the Fenwick community; a graduate, parent, past parent, trustee. The recipient must have demonstrated meritorious service to the medical profession. The recipient need not be a physician.

The St. Genesius Award is a meritorious service to the performing arts. The recipient must be a member of the Fenwick community; graduate, parent, faculty, trustee. The recipient must have demonstrated meritorious service to the performing arts. The recipient need not be associated with the Blackfriars Drama Guild.

For more information about any of Fenwick’s honors and awards, please contact Cameron Watkins, Director of Alumni Programming: cwatkins@fenwickfriars.com or 708-386-0127 ext. 162.