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This year, Interfaith Philadelphia highlighted the contribution of the Catholic community to interfaith work and celebrate two of our home-grown heroes, Monsignor Michael Carroll and Sister Maria Hornung, MMS.  (Check out some of our past award recipients.)

This year, we turned our focus to the untold stories, the seemingly ordinary yet extraordinarily significant actions of our local leaders. Msgr. Carroll and Sr. Maria contributed to the foundational components of Philadelphia’s bridges to understanding, the bridges over which we still walk, often without noticing.  You can view the event video below to hear the stories of the role of the Catholic community in laying the cornerstones of interfaith work in Philadelphia.

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Msgr. Michael Carroll, through years of serving schools and churches, brought interfaith work into all he did.  From friendships and partnerships with those of other faiths to the creation of the Abraham: Our Father in Faith curriculum shared nationally and beyond as well as his service on the Interfaith Council on the Holocaust, his contributions to this work are unparalleled. 

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Sister Maria Hornung, MMS, spent decades serving in Africa with the Medical Mission Sisters, developing her innate ability to reach across difference. Sr. Maria authored a book and workbook entitled Encountering Other Faiths, which has been a staple in seminary, college, and Interfaith Philadelphia circles. 

Msgr. Carroll and Sr. Maria’s groundbreaking work was rooted in Philadelphia, yet their reach has extended far beyond. We were thrilled to honor their leadership, rooted in Catholic social teachings, and their commitment to interfaith work in the Philadelphia region.

This special Awards program also featured 2022 Philadelphia Poet Laureate, Airea Dee Matthews!

Watch this year's awards below or on Youtube.

DTU 2022 Video

For questions about this event, please contact Sara Zebovitz, at:

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Trailblazer: $25,000+

Bruce and Nancy Winn

Changemaker: $15,000+

Innovator: $10,000+

Margaret Barry and Jeffrey Abrams


The Gallagher Family


Bridge Builder: $5,000+

William and Debbie Becker

Rev. Richard Fernandez and Eloise Chevrier

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Jon and Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro
Abby Stamelman Hocky and Eric Hocky
Sankey and Connie Wiliams

Friend: $2,500+

Carol Avins and Rayman Solomon​

Len and Ellan Bernstein


Milan and Leslie Kunz

Gish Rockford Family

Elizabeth Pincus Rubin and Bruce D. Rubin
Rev. Margaret Somerville
Rabbi David Straus and Lynne Breslau

Julie Dill Williams
Tamra and Steven Zebovitz

Sustainer: $1,000


Eileen Bazelon, M.D.
Barbra Berley-Mellits and Bart Mellits
Congregation Beth Am Israel
Rev. Carolyn Cavaness


Beth and John Dugan
Amy & Tim Emmett-Rardin
Rev. Jesse and Allen Garner
Randi Siegel Harris and John Harris
Bronwen and Jeremy Henry
Rabbi Richard and Barbara Hirsh
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Jeff Pasek
The Huron Foundation

Seth and Rabbi Nancy Kreimer
Ken Kolodziej and Anne Hagele
Krista Dedrick Lai and Terry Lai
Robert and Holly Lankin

Arlene Lauf and Marc Goldstein
Gary and Lynn Laurino
Rabbi Jill Maderer

William and Linda Madway
Andrea and Jay Malamut, M.D.

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Sharon Parker
Steven and Laurie Rosard

Moji Saberin, M.D.
Ejaz Sabir

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Cynthia Stewart
The Very Reverend Judith Sullivan
Elizabeth Weiler and James Shanahan

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Dr. Ilene Wasserman and Mark Taylor

Courtenay and Tom Willcox, M.D.

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