Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Notre Dame Gay Alumni, Phil Donahue Honor Fr. Mychal Judge. (Nation)

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Notre Dame Gay Alumni, Phil Donahue Honor Fr. Mychal Judge. (Nation)

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As dozens of gay Notre Dame alumni gathered here for a reunion weekend, the Republican mayor of New York City recognized them, a gesture that has not yet been made by school officials.

The greetings and best wishes from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg were read at a gathering of the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College, as the group presented a posthumous award to Fr. Mychal Judge, the Franciscan chaplain who died accompanying firefighters into the lobby of the north tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

More than 100 people, including nearly 50 lesbian and gay alumni of the two schools, attended the Sept. 28 event. The Gay and Lesbian Alumni group, which was formed in 1993, has over 750 members. University officials have not recognized it as an official alumni group.

The Thomas A. Dooley Award that was bestowed on Judge is given to persons "who, through their faith-based back-grounds centered in gospel values, have demonstrated personal courage, compassion and commitment to advance the human rights and civil rights of lesbian and gay Americans."

The annual award is named for a gay graduate of Notre Dame who achieved fame in the 1950s as a physician who established charitable hospitals to assist the needy of Vietnam and Laos. Dooley died of cancer at the age of 34 in 1961.

Phil Donahue, a Notre Dame alumnus, 2000 Dooley Award recipient and MSNBC-TV host, presented this year's award. …

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