RENEW International 2015 Gala Honorees
|Sr. Mary Flood, O.P., M.D., Ph.D.|
Awarded to that individual who through his/her actions and support,
have advanced RENEW’s mission of evangelization, spiritual renewal,
and faith formation and played a significant role in bringing those efforts to
individuals, parishes, and dioceses throughout the world.
Dr. Mary Flood is a specialist in infectious diseases and internal medicine and associate professor of medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. Dr. Flood began her practice in infectious diseases in the early 1990s in New York City, which was the epicenter of the AIDS crisis. Moved by the fractured care of so many of the early patients with AIDS, she spent many years in the AIDS Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital In 2010, Dr. Flood traveled to South Africa to provide AIDS education for many high school students and young adults in Durban where twenty percent of adults under fifty years of age are infected with HIV. Sr. Mary is the president of the Board of Directors of St. Dominic Home, Blauvelt, NY and also serves on the boards of The Lavelle Fund for the Blind, Inc., New York, NY and Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY.
Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Award
Awarded to a person who exemplifies one or more of the remarkable qualities
of Father Tom: demonstrates a visionary and missionary spirit
of Church renewal, committed to justice as integral to faith,
dedicated to the formation of lay leadership and devoted to
spiritual renewal through the building of small Christian communities.
Mario Paredes serves at the American Bible Society as presidential liaison to Roman Catholic ministry and is founder and chairman emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). For 30 years, Mario directed the operations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the Northeast Region. He was founder and director of the Northeast Hispanic Catholic Center. Under Mayor Ed Koch, he served as a commissioner for the charter revision in New York City and he was personal advisor to John Cardinal O’Connor, archbishop of New York. He has served as consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America as well as consultant to the USCCB Committee of International Justice and Peace and the Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), En Familia Radio, the National Salvation Army, the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Cuatro LLC dba Access Medicare, the World Youth Alliance, Hope for a Healthier Humanity Foundation, and the Resource Center for Community Development—Hopeline. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Douglaston College and the advisory boards of Cervantes Institute and Catholic New York.
Spirit of RENEW Award
Awarded to that individual who through his/her actions,
in both private and public life, has exemplified the Catholic values
central to the mission of RENEW and through word and deed,
spread that message of the Gospel to all.
Tom Higgins served as a US Navy Veteran and retired at the rank of Captain. . Additionally he served for a total of 24 years in the US Government in a variety of positions of increasing levels of responsibility both in the United States and abroad, retiring from the Senior Executive Service in 2010. He joined JPMorgan Chase in 2010 as the Global Head of Operational Control where he managed a variety of functions including cybersecurity, security, crisis management, business resiliency, and aviation. Tom also founded the military and veterans affairs effort at JPMC, including the 100,000 jobs mission. He joined First Data Corp. in 2013 as the Chief Administrative Officer. Tom is very active in veterans’ issues and philanthropy. He serves as the chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation as well as a member of the boards of the Business Executives for National Security, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, The USO of New York, and The OSS Society. Tom was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the College Council of the State University of New York-Maritime College.