Friends of Fr. Arne Panula Fund

A generous anonymous donor has agreed to help us in the creation of a Friends of Father Arne Panula Fund” by matching all contributions to this fund, up to $250,000, made between now and December 31st. These will include gifts from new donors to the dinner, or the amount of increase in giving from last year’s dinner by any previous donors.

If you were there last year and are planning to come again this year, please prayerfully consider increasing your donation from last year! If you have already registered but would like to increase your contribution in light of this news, simply donate through our website, making note that your gift is in memory of Fr. Arne.

2017 John Paul II New Evangelization Award Dinner

The sixth annual dinner in honor of the John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC. This year, the Catholic Information Center is proud to posthumously honor Reverend Arne Panula, former Director of the CIC. 

Though his ministry work spanning more than four decades, Rev. Panula has demonstrated an indefatigable commitment to the spiritual well-being of all those who crossed his path. His life as a priest was the very epitome of the evangelization called for by Saint John Paul II.

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About the 2017 Recipient

Fr. Arne Panula

Fr. Arne Panula, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was appointed Director of the Catholic Information Center by His Excellency, Donald Wuerl in September 2007. In this role, he expanded the mission of the Center to more fully respond to the call to evangelize the public square by creating the Leonine Forum to educate men and women early in their careers in the core tenets of the Social Teaching of the Church and its practical application to their professional lives. Since his ordination, he carried on a rich and fruitful spiritual direction, bringing many souls closer to Jesus Christ.

Fr. Panula was born and raised in Duluth, MN. He attended Harvard College where he was on the crew team and anticipated a career in neurosurgery but, after graduating in 1967, moved to Rome to absorb the spirit of Opus Dei from its founder, St. Josemaría Escrivá, and his immediate successor, Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.

He subsequently was ordained a priest in 1973 and earned a doctorate in Theology from the University of Navarre, in Pamplona, Spain. After ordination, he served as chaplain of The Heights School in the mid-1970’s. Thereafter, for almost twenty years, he exercised his ministry in Northern California working with high-school and later with university students. Beginning in 1988, he carried out administrative responsibilities for Opus Dei in California for a decade, and in 1998, the Prelate of Opus Dei appointed him Vicar of the Prelature of Opus Dei for the United States, in New York.

Past Award Recipients

To watch videos from last year’s event click here.

For pictures from last year’s event click here.