Rev. Thomas King, S.J. Award
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life established the Evangelium Vitae Award in 2006 to recognize and reward outstanding collegiate pro-life groups. In 2010 the award was renamed in honor of Rev. Thomas King, S.J. The winning group is selected based on the pro-life work it has done over the past year and receives a $1,000.00 award to further advance its work. The winner is announced each year at the Conference before the afternoon panel event.
Fr. Thomas M. King, S.J.
Thomas Mulvihill King, S.J. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburg, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1951, and was ordained a priest in 1964. He completed a doctorate at the University of Strasbourg in 1968, and arrived at Georgetown soon thereafter, where he remained for the rest of his life. Fr. King was a professor in the Department of Theology and a noted scholar of the Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He taught courses such as the introductory course “Problem of God,” courses in Catholic spirituality and mysticism, and a course on Teilhard. He celebrated Mass six nights per week at 11:15 p.m. in the Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart for forty years, and drew countless members of the Georgetown community to fall in love with Christ through his ministry. An avid advocate of the sanctity of human life from conception through natural death, Fr. King was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and the Pax Christi movement. He co-founded University Faculty for Life, and served as its president for 15 years. Fr. King celebrated his 80th birthday in May of 2009, surrounded by dozens of Georgetown students and alumni who had traveled to D.C. to celebrate his birthday and his just completed 40th year at Georgetown. Fr. King passed away on June 23rd, 2009, and is the namesake of our award, having provided a brilliant witness to human life over the course of his long life. Read more here.
Past Award Recipients
2015 – St. Louis University Students for Life, St. Louis University
2014 – Students for Life, Marquette University
2013 – Choose Life at Yale, Yale University
2012 – Students for Life at the University of Michigan, University of Michigan
2011 – Villanovans for Life, Villanova University
2010 – Respect Life, Fordham University
2009 – Carolina Students for Life, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 – Respect Life, Fordham University
2007 – Students for Life, Saint Louis University
2006 – Students for Life, University of New Hampshire