Saint Mary’s presents Signum Fidei awards to De La Salle Christian Brother districts
On Dec. 7, 2019, Saint Mary’s University presented Signum Fidei Awards to two districts of De La Salle Christian Brothers, in coordination with and in honor of Blessed Brother James Miller’s beatification ceremony that day in Guatemala.
Signum Fidei Awards were given to De La Salle Christian Brothers Michael Ferhenbach, FSC, Visitor, Midwest District, and Alberto Mairena Floripe, FSC, Visitor, Central America-Panama District, in recognition of Brother James’ ministry in both the Midwest and Central American provinces.
Saint Mary’s University presents Signum Fidei Award to Pope Francis
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s second Signum Fidei Award was presented to Pope Francis April 15, 2015, in Rome. Conferring the award was Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University, along with Mary Burrichter and Sandra Simon, both members of the university’s board of trustees.
Saint Mary’s presents first Signum Fidei Award
At the occasion of the 125th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Winona, Sept. 13, 2014, in Mankato, Brother William presented the inaugural Signum Fidei Award to Bishop Álvaro Ramazzini of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. It is fitting, as that is where Saint Mary's 1966 alum Brother James Miller was killed in 1982 while serving as a missionary. Bishop Ramazzini received a bronze bust of Brother James, a replica of the life-sized Winona Campus memorial that was dedicated during the university's centennial celebration last year. Brother James is remembered for his heroic contributions to humanity as a Christian educator, apostle of the poor and underprivileged, and advocate for justice and solidarity.