Loyola University Chicago

Opus Prize

Opus Prize

Loyola University Chicago Hosting Opus Prize in 2020

The Opus Prize Foundation has chosen Loyola University Chicago as its partner to manage the selection process and presentation of the 2020 Opus Prize. This honor will coincide with the institution’s 150th anniversary and will include celebratory events, retrospectives, and robust programming engaging faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the Chicagoland community.

The Opus Prize is one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship, including one award of $1 million and two $100,000 prizes recognizing individuals who are addressing persistent and pressing social problems. From improving education in Afghanistan to supporting the families of incarcerated women in New York City, Opus Prize laureates are motivated by remarkable faith to create new opportunities for transformation and impact.

The awarding of the Opus Prize is done through a yearlong partnership with a Catholic university, providing unique opportunities for engagement that aim to inspire students, faculty, the campus, and the university’s community. These partnerships provide the mutual benefits of supporting the work of faith-based, social entrepreneurs around the world while seeking to inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue lives of service.


Looking Ahead

We have received over 20 nominations from a diverse array of nonprofit organizations from around the world to be considered for the Opus Prize. The faculty/staff ambassadors have been selected: Udayan Das, Pedro Guerrero, and Teresa Krafcisin. We have received numerous student applications and will finalize selection of the student ambassadors early in the new year. The jury has been chosen and will meet for the first time in early January 2020.

Videos from this year’s semi finalists

2019 Opus Prize Finalist

Br. Charles Nuwagaba

Bannakaroli Brothers of St. Charles Lwanga, Kibera, Kenya

2019 Opus Prize Finalist

Sr. Catherine Mutindi

Bon Pasteur, Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo

2019 Opus Prize Finalist

Michael Fernandez-Frey

Caras Con Causa, San Juan, Puerto Rico