2005 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 6, 2005 in St. John's Church.

Teresa Lynch

Director, Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC)

Ignatian Award Citation

This award is more a “Thank You” than an honor.  The students and faculty of Creighton and of the many other universities and high schools who have participated in Creighton’s Institute for Latin American Concern give thanks for Teresa Lynch.  The women and men of the Dominican Republic joyfully sing “muchas gracias” for her personally, and for the gracious people she and her programs have sent to them.

As the Director of the ILAC office, Terri passionately promotes, defends, and advances the importance of students and faculty being touched by serving the sick and the needy of the Dominican Republic.

Terri and her husband, Dr. Joseph Lynch, have often visited the ILAC Center as involved partners in this healing ministry.  They both have participated as volunteers since 1989.  Three years ago Terri became the Director, and has worked passionately to make the spiritual aspect of ILAC the first and most important experience of its programs.  She strives to make sure that all who join this mission of Creighton University understand that ILAC is primarily about personal transformation and spiritual growth.

Terri has made her own the thought of St. Ignatius, that love consists in actions not merely words.  She lives the Ignatian ideal that love consists in the mutual exchange of gifts.  She lives quietly this exchange, knowing that God has handed over to her gifts of gentle intensity and compassion for the less blest.  Terri’s actions speak louder than any words.  She lives and loves with authentic concern for those who have become part of her life, her family and her marriage.

As a woman for others, Terri enthusiastically encourages students and faculty to trust the adventure of entering the ILAC journey of faith, with hope and love.  She herself has made that journey and desires that others share that grace for themselves.  According to her own spirit, nothing she has received is hers alone.  It is the Ignatian pattern repeated again, that what God has given internally must be lived outwardly.  It is this outgoingness of God that presents Terri Lynch as a graceful woman for others.

Cecile Marie Zielinski, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Creighton School of Medicine

Ignatian Award Citation

“Angels must sit on her shoulders.”  Dr. Cecile Marie Zielinski of Creighton’s Medical School carries many angels on her shoulders.  The cornerstone of Dr. Zielinski’s life is love; love of family, patients, colleagues and of life.  She has a sense of freedom about her that allows her to trust easily her wisdom and her decisions.  She clearly knows that God is calling her in every situation which allows for this freedom and expression of love.  She is wholeheartedly a woman for others, and through her example and her encouragement she gently brings other people along.

Dr. Zielinski is and has been a graceful inspiration to any young man or woman who has trained at Creighton.  She role models that one can succeed and still maintain integrity, respect and honor.  She excels as a physician and a skilled surgeon.  Each patient she sees feels cared for and special, secure in the knowledge they are seeing someone who will give them the best medical care.

She embodies Creighton’s mission.  She treats each patient equally, whether they are the CEO of the hospital or living under a bridge in North Omaha.

Dr. Zielinski is Ignatian in delivering her medical care.  She has advocated for those who cannot pay for their own care and has been on the Board of Directors for the Hope Medical Outreach Coalition.

Dr. Z, as she is known to her students, has been a strong voice for organ donation.  She has written papers on this, has served on the Board of Directors for the Lions Eye Bank, and belongs to the American Council on Transplantation.  She has been the Vice President for the Nebraska Organ Retrieval System for five consecutive years. 

She is recognized as an excellent teacher at Creighton.  She has received the Dedicated Teacher Award and the Student Award for Best Mentor and Role Model.  She has served as the Program Director for the Surgery Residents, and now leads the Graduate Medical Education program for the entire University.

What makes her so great is that she loves what she does.  This is what makes her a tremendous physician, a remarkable educator, and a leading humanitarian.  In her life, she extends the healing hands of Jesus.