THE TUITIO FIDEI AWARD

The Cuban Association of the Order of Malta has instituted the Tuitio Fidei Prize in 2006 to recognize and honor those who through their public actions witness the principles of our Faith. The recipients of the Prize live their life, public and private, consistent with the demands of our Faith notwithstanding the public demand for their actions.

Since its inception in the XIth century, the Order has remained true to its dual founding principles or charisma: Tuitio Fidei, defense of the Faith, and Obsequium Pauperum, service to the suffering. Its members share the same vocation and strive together for solidarity, justice and peace, based on the teaching of the Gospels and in the closest communion with the Holy See.
Less visible today, but no less important, is the commitment of the Order and its members to defense of the Faith – Tuitio Fidei. In the middle ages, when the Order was born, defense of the faith was a very physical and visible task.

With the passage of time, however, the concept of “defense of the faith” has evolved from one requiring the use of force to a one best effected through a public witnessing of one’s faith – a process no less dangerous than the military tactics used before.

White Cross Ball

The White Cross Ball has been established to support the programs of the Cuban Association of the Order of Malta. These programs serve the most vulnerable in our society, the poor and the sick. It also bestows the Tuitio Fidei Award, Defender of the Faith, to recognize and honor these who through their public actions witness and defend the principles of our faith. The recipients of the Prize live their life, public and private, consistent with the demands of our Faith notwithstanding the public condemnation for their actions.

The Tuitio Fidei Award was established in 2006.

The 2018 recipient of the award is Mrs. Jeanne Mancini. She was appointed to the role of President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund in the fall of 2012. In this capacity she proudly directs the small non-profit organization committed to restoring a culture of life in the United States, most notably through the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Previously Jeanne worked with the Family Research Council (FRC), where she focused on issues related to the inherent dignity of the human person, including abortion, women’s health, and end-of-life issues. Prior to FRC Jeanne worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Secretary. Her federal government experience includes global health policy, as well as domestic and international health care issues. Before working in public policy, Jeanne worked for the Catholic Church in a variety of positions involving educating on life issues, human sexuality, marriage, and family.

 

Previous recipients include

 

Melquiades Rafael Martinez
Melquiades Rafael MartinezFormer United States Senator from Florida
The recipient of the Award in 2006 was the Mr. Melquiades Rafael Martinez, former United States Senator from Florida, Knight of Magistral Grace of the Cuban Association.
Seán Patrick Cardinal O'Malley
Seán Patrick Cardinal O'MalleyCardinal-Archbishop of Boston
In 2007, the recipient was His Eminence Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap, Cardinal-Archbishop of Boston, and conventual chaplain ad honorem of the Order of Malta in the American Association.
Mr. Thomas Stephen Monahan
Mr. Thomas Stephen MonahanFounder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University
In 2008, the Award was given to Mr. Thomas Stephen Monahan, Founder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University, in Naples, Florida and Chairman of the Board of Ave Maria Foundation.
Mr. James Towey
Mr. James ToweyPresident of St. Vincent College
In 2009, the awardee was Mr. James Towey, a native of South Florida and President of St. Vincent College.
Mons. Thomas G. Wenski
Mons. Thomas G. WenskiArchbishop of Miami
In 2010 the honored awardee was given to Mons. Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami, and Conventual Chaplain ad honorem of the Cuban Association. Currently he is our Chief Chaplain.
Mr. George Weigel
Mr. George WeigelSenior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington
In 2011, the Award went to Mr. George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D. C. and Biographer of Pope John Paul II.
Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga
Oscar Andrés Cardinal Rodriguez MaradiagaARCHBISHOP OF TEGUCIGALPA
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS HIS EMINENCE OSCAR ANDRES CARDINAL RODRIGUEZ MARADIAGA, ARCHBISHOP OF TEGUCIGALPA.
JOHNNETTE S. BENKOVIC
JOHNNETTE S. BENKOVICFOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF LIVING HIS LIFE ABUNDANLTY (r) INTERNATIONAL INC.
THIS YEARS 2013 RECIPIENT OF THE TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS JOHNNETTE S. BENKOVIC FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF LIVING HIS LIFE ABUNDANLTY (r) INTERNATIONAL INC.
H.E. Chibly Cardinal Langlois
H.E. Chibly Cardinal Langlois
THIS YEARS 2014 RECIPIENT OF THE TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS H.E. CHIBLY CARDINAL LANGLOIS.
Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta
Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE 2015 TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS LILLIAN FANJUL DE AZQUETA DM.
Reverend William E. Lori,
Reverend William E. Lori,
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.
Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer
Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer
THIS YEAR’S RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 TUITIO FIDEI AWARD IS Mrs. Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer

 

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