Cardinal Theodore McCarrick received the 2016 Good Samaritan Award at the 48th annual NCDC Conference and Exposition on Tuesday, October 11 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. The Award is given annually to based on a life of service that is an outstanding example of following the Gospel message as manifested in the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The nominee’s service must have made a significant impact upon the lives of persons in need (regardless of the type of need) and the nominee must be actively engaged in or recently associated with such services.
Cardinal McCarrick has dedicated his life to service to the Catholic Church and to advocating for those who are most poor and most vulnerable. Prior to his retirement as Cardinal, he served in a multitude of positions helping those in need, including: assistant chaplain, director of development, and dead of students, of Catholic University; Auxiliary Bishop of New York; the first Bishop of Metuchen, N.J.; Archbishop of Newark; heading numerous committees with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); a founding member of the Papal Foundation; chancellor of the Catholic University of America; and president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
In addition, Cardinal McCarrick’s service focused on education, including opening a seminary, Redemptoris Mater, and conducting one of the most successful diocesan capital campaigns in history. He has traveled the world to ensure people in need would receiving assistance and to bring prayer and financial support. He has traveled on behalf of Catholic Relief Services and to fulfill various responsibilities for the Vatican and the USCCB.