The World Youth Alliance (WYA) hosted the Eleventh WYA Dinner on October 29th, 2014, at the residence of His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
The annual gathering now in its eleventh year brings together WYA friends and supporters.
WYA honored Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan with the Mary R. Smith Award at the dinner.
The Mary R. Smith Award honors the legacy of Mary R. Smith, the mother of WYA’s Board Chair, Ann Seabright, whose friendship to WYA in the early years of its growth established a strong foundation on which we continue to build. We honor her friendship and her commitment to defending the dignity of the human person by presenting the award in her name at the annual WYA Dinner.
The Mary R. Smith Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary commitments in the defense of the dignity of the human person. The first Mary R. Smith Award was presented in 2013 to George Weigel, the biographer of Pope John Paul II.
Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan is a deserving recipient of the award. He is the chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Medicine at Brown University. He is an associate director of the Brown University Fogarty Program to train and mentor overseas investigators in the areas of HIV, AIDS and opportunistic infections. He has traveled extensively supporting best practice medical and development responses to HIV/AIDS. He serves on the Board of Directors of the World Youth Alliance, and along with his family, has been a longtime friend to the mission and work WYA carries out.
We honor his indefatigable efforts in the area HIV/AIDS research and medical practice, and his mentorship to WYA staff as an expert advisor in our global work. Through his many years of educational support with us, Dr. Flanigan has helped generations of WYA staff understand the scourge of HIV/AIDS, and articulate a person-centered response that places the needs of the individual before the polemics inherent in current HIV/AIDS debates. Dr. Flanigan has emboldened young leaders to take this person-centered position to the United Nations and into halls of government, as well as to other global and educational institutions with which WYA works around the world. Dr. Flanigan continues to be a model for us through his heroic work in Liberia, where he is currently working with a medical team to respond to the Ebola crisis in Monrovia.
We are edified by his principled leadership and commitment to defending the dignity of each human person, and are pleased to present the Mary R. Smith Award to him in the company of the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan; the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations, His Excellency Bernadito Auza; and the Flanigan family as well as close friends of WYA.