The Opus Prize is a humanitarian award recognizing those working to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. The Opus Prize is given in partnership with a Catholic university each year to faith-based social entrepreneurs from around the world. One nonprofit will receive $1 million and two will each receive $100,000 awards on Oct. 11, when Regis hosts the 2017 Opus Prize award ceremony.
Sister Marilyn Lacey, Mercy Beyond Borders, South Sudan and Haiti
Sister Marilyn Lacey founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008. Mercy Beyond Borders develops the talent, leadership, & advocacy potential of marginalized women and girls in post-war South Sudan & post-quake Haiti.
Sister Stan Terese Mumuni, Nazareth Home for God's Children, Chana
Sister Stan Terese Mumuni founded the Nazareth Home for God's Children in 2009 to care for the rejected "spirit children" of Northern Ghana who would otherwise be rejected or ritually killed. One of the most commonly held traditional beliefs of this area is that a child who is born with any physical deformity or disability, and also twins, are automatically "spirit children", i.e. children who are bad omens for the family and the community at large.
Dr. Jason Reinking and Dr. Noha Aboelata, Roots Community Health Center
Roots Community Health Center was founded by Dr. Noha Aboelata to address the growing need for accessible, culturally appropriate, community-responsive, comprehensive health care in Oakland, California. Dr. Reinking is physician on the Street Team Outreach Medical Program (STOMP), Roots’ street medicine program that brings outreach, benefits enrollment, linkage to services and treatment, and medical care to homeless individuals throughout the city of Oakland.