“We at RENEW International are truly blessed to pay tribute to the faithfulness, leadership, and service represented by these exemplary individuals,”
This year’s President's Award was given to Mr. Donald M. Daniels, chairman and co-founder of the Daniels Group, an employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm. Prior to starting the Daniels Group, Mr. Daniels spent 42 years at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, retiring as the chief executive officer in 1991. Mr. Daniels has been a leader in health care in the not-for-profit world, serving on more than 20 health-care boards of directors in a number of Catholic dioceses. He and his wife, Esther, are parishioners at Sacred Heart Parish in Bay Head, N.J. The President’s Award recognized Mr. Daniels’ support in advancing RENEW International’
Msgr. Neil A. Connolly was this year’s recipient of the Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Award, named in honor of RENEW’s president emeritus and co-founder. This award goes to a person who exemplifies the remarkable qualities of Msgr. Kleissler: a visionary spirit of church renewal, commitment to justice as integral to faith, dedication to the formation of lay leadership, and devotion to spiritual renewal through the building of small Christian communities.
Msgr. Connolly was ordained in 1958 for the Archdiocese of New York. Immediately after ordination, he participated in a pioneering archdiocesan language-immersion program in Ponce, P.R. which impacted the future of his ministry and the rest of his life by enabling him to serve among the Latino Catholics in several New York parishes. He has served at St Athanasius Parish, as vicar of the South Bronx, and at St. Mary’s Church on Grand Street.
In 2013, Msgr. Connolly became a senior priest at St. Francis De Sales Parish where he continues to facilitate the development of small faith-sharing communities as a way of being church, something he has done in every parish in which he has ministered.
Tom and Frances “Salsey” Sullivan received the Spirit of RENEW Award, given to a person, couple, or group who, through actions in both private and public life, have exemplified the Catholic values central to the mission of RENEW International, and through word and deed have spread the message of the Gospel. Tom and Frances are members of St. Elizabeth Parish in Avon-by-the-
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RENEW International is a Catholic organization based in Plainfield, N.J., which fosters spiritual renewal in the Catholic tradition by empowering individuals and communities to encounter God in everyday life, deepen and share faith, and connect faith with action. For the past three decades, RENEW International has revitalized parish life in over 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its renewal processes. RENEW International also reaches many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents, and in 44 languages. It can be found online at www.renewintl.org and at facebook.com/