Notre Dame College InnerCitySaints Award

Notre Dame College InnerCitySaints Award

The Notre Dame College InnerCitySaints Award was established in 2016. It offers our community the opportunity to shine a light on a Cleveland inner-city saint, someone of exceptional yet humble service to urban communities in the College’s home region.

2017 InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon

Our 2017 event will honor Fr. James "Jim" O’Donnell on November 16.

The InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon serves as an expression of gratitude toward the honoree for their transformational impacts in the Cleveland metropolitan area, affords consideration of the recipients’ and sponsors’ causes and acts as a demonstration of solidarity with the Northeast Ohio community. Learn more about the 2017 InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon.

Proceeds from the InnerCitySaints Award Luncheon, will directly benefit the College’s Caring Hearts Fund, which supports students who face unforeseen financial, physical or emotional hardship during the academic year. Learn more about our Caring Hearts Fund.

Ticket sales for this year’s event have concluded, however, you can still support our Caring Hearts Fund. Contact Ann Coakley, Executive Director of College Advancement, with questions at 216.373.6532 or

About Fr. Jim O’Donnell

Until recently, Father Jim O’Donnell has lived and worked among the most vulnerable and forgotten in Cleveland’s inner city. He, along with Sr. Maggie Conrad, established the community of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist 35 years ago to provide a ministry of “presence” in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland, one of the most depressed and underserved areas of the city.

2016 InnerCitySaints Award

The inaugural award was presented last November to Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, secretary for parish life and development with the Diocese of Cleveland who established and has led the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated since 1996. Currently, about 15,000 people within the eight-county Cleveland Diocese are in jail or prison. Learn more about the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated.