2004 Ignatius Award Recipient

Saint Ignatius Award Photo

The inscription on the reverse of the medallion reads:

TAKE, LORD, AND RECEIVE ALL MY
LIBERTY, MY MEMORY, MY
UNDERSTANDING AND MY ENTIRE
WILL. ALL THAT I HAVE AND POSSESS,
YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO YOU, O LORD,
I RETURN IT. ALL IS YOURS, DISPOSE OF IT
WHOLLY ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL. GIVE ME
YOUR LOVE AND YOUR GRACE, FOR THIS IS
SUFFICIENT FOR ME.

ST. IGNATIUS

The award was presented
at the Founder's Week Mass on
February 8, 2004 in St. John's Church.

Michael G. Lawler, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Marriage & Family, and
Graff Chair of Catholic Theological Studies

Ignatian Award Citation

Mike Lawler's relationship with Jesus forms this man for a life of mission and ministry.  For the past thirty-five years, Mike has been a pastoral scholar of and for the Creighton community as well as for the Church community around the world.

His reverence for the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church and his intense interest in the spirit and writings of the Vatican Council have inspired his many classes, lectures and books.  He has authored eighteen books and many articles in these areas.  Ecumenism, the Permanent Deaconate, and marriage have been Mike's special involvements.  For the past ten years, he has been the Director of the Center for Marriage and Family here at Creighton.

For all Mike's academic prowess, which is sought widely, Mike remains unpretentious, unassuming and completely accessible in his interactions with colleagues, friends, students and humankind in general.  He readily puts aside his own work to respond to questions from anyone seeking his advice and expertise.  He is patient and tolerant, and yes, challenging, with those who find it hard to understand.  He simply sees this as the only way to respect others in need.

His door is literally always open, as is his mind to receive those to whom he believes he is sent.  He never takes himself too seriously, but takes the questions and challenges from others as opportunities for growth for himself as well.  He does not give the impression that he knows it all, though when questions in Theology, Sacrament, Marriage, or even golf arise, many look towards Mike Lawler's open door and spirit.

Mike Lawler is a man in the world, but not of it.  His spirit of ministry flows from his Scottish sense that everything is to be taken seriously, but not too seriously.  His spirit flows from Jesus' words that whatever one does to the least brother or sister is done for the person of Jesus.

Mike Lawler, a man for others; a man for our times.

Linda Tranisi

Department of Exercise Science & Athletic Training
(awarded posthumously)

Ignatian Award Citation

The beauty of a quilt is the wonder of diversity brought into harmony for the purpose of warmth.  Linda Tranisi helped begin the Quilters Club at Creighton so as to help raise funds for the poor of our city.  Her life on and off Creighton's campus was a mission of bringing together persons who needed harmony and warmth in their lives.

Linda died loving her family, her husband, and all whom she found around her.  She loved the life that was possible in the lives of others and invited them to live more lovingly.  Linda met everyone in such a way that they met and appreciated themselves the more.

For eleven years, she was senior administrative assistant in the office in the Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training.  How appropriate for a woman who made a science of exercising her heart in loving, her hands in reaching out to those who were finding life's burdens too heavy to lift and the journey too long.  She encouraged those who felt discouraged whether a student, a person in Environmental Services, or a dean or chair of a department.  They were all her mission.

In her own way, she was a "chair person."  Whether in her chair behind her desk, or the chairs in front of her desk, or the chairs in the front office of her department, and even in the chairs of other offices on campus, Linda would listen to the joys and sorrows, wins and losses of all.

Her life as a quilter was a blessing and her spirit continues founding Creighton in the Spirit of St. Ignatius.  She offered generously what she had received gratefully.  Linda Tranisi departed November eleventh.  She remains within the lives of those she embraced with the hugs of God.