Swanstrom-Baerwald Award ’13


On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in the Keating Hall Auditorium, Mr. Joseph P. Kelly, IPED Class of 2004 and the Country Representative of Catholic Relief Services in Syria received the Swanstrom — Baerwald Award for Excellence in the Service of Faith through the Promotion of International Peace and Development.


The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President of Fordham University, welcomed the audience to Keating Hall.



Ms. Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Vice President of Catholic Relief Services, highlighted the importance of the collaboration that exist between Fordham and Catholic Relief Services for the benefit of our poorer brothers and sisters around the world …


and His Excellency, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave the invocation and prayed for our alumni working in difficult situations around the world.

The Most Reverend Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany and member of the US Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Peace and Justice, spoke about Joseph Kelly’s  many accomplishments with Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  After graduation from Fordham, Joseph, a returned Jesuit International Volunteer, served first in Brazil and Bolivia.  He then worked in Afghanistan followed by Haiti.  Currently Joseph is CRS’ Country Representative to Syria.


Left to right are: Prof. Henry Schwalbenberg, IPED Director; H.E. Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, Papal Nuncio to the UN; The Most Rev. Howard J. Hubbard, Bishop of Albany; Mr. Joseph Kelly, Awardee; Fr. Joseph M. McShane, Fordham Unviersity President; and Joan Rosenhauer, CRS Executive VP.


An audience of 500 family, friends, students, faculty and colleagues responded enthusiastically to …


Mr. Joseph Kelly’s keynote adress on the work of Catholic Relief Services in Brazil, Bolivia, Afghanistan and Haiti.

* The Swanstrom – Baerwald Award also honors the memory of Professor Friedrich Baerwald (1900-1989) and Bishop Edward E. Swanstrom (1903-1985). Professor Baerwald was a member of the German Catholic Party and was an official in the German Labor Ministry during the end of the Weimar Republic. With the rise of National Socialism, Professor Baerwald had to flee Germany and became a professor at Fordham University. Under Professor Baerwald’s tutelage, the then Father Swanstrom earned his doctorate by writing on the problems of waterfront laborers in New York during the 1930s. In the aftermath of the destruction and carnage of World War II, Bishop Swanstrom went on to help found Catholic Relief Services which he then led as Executive Director from 1947 until 1976.