Father Prakash receives Mother Teresa Memorial Award
Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was conferred Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. He is a human rights activist and a Jesuit priest based in the city of Ahmedabad in Western India. He is the Director of Prashant, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace. He has committed himself to the service of faith and promotion of human rights, communal harmony, justice and peace, since the last 30 years.
Father Cedric Prakash
While receiving the Award, Fr. Prakash said: “This award is in fact about Mother Teresa and about the rich legacy she has left to each one of us: a legacy of total compassion and unconditional reaching out to the poorest of the poor, the dying destitute, the unloved and the uncared - of this world. It surely provides me and all our colleagues and collaborators of ‘Prashant’ a significant motivation for what we try to do and in fact comes as a challenge that we transcend our own small world and reach out in more tangible ways to those who hunger and thirst for love, dignity and justice.
Mother Teresa has always been someone special in my life. Yes, she is truly a Saint and for me, an icon who has inspired my way of proceeding, since I first met her in Calcutta, way back in 1972. For more than twenty-five years now, I have been closely associated with her Missionaries of Charity in Ahmedabad and I learn much from them all the time.
I therefore, dedicate this award to the Missionaries of Charity - to each one of them for the selfless, super-human work they do all the time without counting the cost, without any recognition and most often, without the appreciation they truly deserve. They are truly the unsung heroes of our world today – caring with compassion, dignity and meaning to the dying destitute, the unloved and the poorest of the poor - who are condemned to an inhuman existence.
Other than this, Fr. Prakash has also been awarded numerous other awards - the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award presented for Humanitarian Work by the Indian Muslim Council, USA in 2003, the Kabir Puraskar conferred on him by the President of India for his work in the promotion of Communal Harmony and Peace in 1995, the Minorities Rights Award by the National Commission for Minorities of the Government of India in 2006 and “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by Mayor of City of Harvey in Illinois, Eric Kellogg, USA in 2012.
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