Praising his “resolute defense of persecuted Christians,” an institute at Belmont Abbey College has awarded its Benedict Leadership Award to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.
The Benedict Leadership Institute cited Anderson’s leading role in
advocating protection for Christians facing genocide in Iraq, Syria, and
The Knights of Columbus have raised more than $11 million
for humanitarian relief for Christian refugees in the Middle East.
“This is an area of great concern to the Board, and it is our hope
that your award will bring attention and relief to persecuted Christians
and move the public to act more decisively in their behalf,” Conor
Gallagher, executive director of the institute, told Anderson in a
The award aims to recognize men and women whose achievement reflects
the heroism and leadership of St. Benedict.
Recipients will deliver a
public address and will receive a $10,000 cash award.
Anderson’s award will be presented in a public ceremony at Belmont Abbey College March 24.
The Benedict Leadership Institute was founded in 2016 with the goals
of developing Catholic leaders who can transform society in light of
Its website is http://benedictleadershipinstitute.org