Parish Priest Builds 800 Homes, Receives National Award

November 15, 2010

WAYNE, PA (MetroCatholic) - Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) presented the 2010 Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership to Msgr. Bob McDermott and three other national Catholic leaders at a reception and dinner Friday, November 12th at the Drexelbrook, in Drexel Hill, PA.

Msgr. Bob McDermott has served the Diocese of Camden for over forty years as a parish priest. He is the Founder of both the St. Joseph Carpenter Society (SJCS) and The Romero Center. Through these ministries, he has helped families improve their quality of life through successful homeownership and inspired youth to embrace the values of peace and justice by confronting issues of poverty, race and class. Under Msgr. McDermott’s leadership, the Carpenter Society has built more than 800 homes in one of the poorest cities in America. The St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society is the number one producer of for-sale housing in Camden and is supported by prominent philanthropic leaders like Bon Jovi and corporations like the Campbell Soup Foundation. Bishop Joseph Galante, Bishop of Camden will be in attendence to present the Award to Msgr. McDermott.

“CLI developed the Awards for Outstanding Catholic Leadership in 2000 to recognize people in the Catholic Church whose exemplary leadership in the family, the workplace, the community and the Church has been inspired by their Catholic faith,” said Timothy C. Flanagan, Founder and Chair of Catholic Leadership Institute. “Msgr. McDermott is a courageous and compassionate leader. It is a privilege for the Institute to honor and lift up the great work that he has done for his community and Church.”

Catholic Leadership Institute also honored:
Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP – Co-Foundress and Prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Matthew Kelly – Bestselling Author and Internationally Renowned Speaker
Dr. Rosalie Mirenda - Educator, Author and President of Neumann University

Guests included bishops, priests and prominent Catholic leaders from around the country. A reception was followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

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