Mercy Corps Partner Wins "Mother Teresa Award"

November 22, 2005

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John Michael Talbot, a musician, composer, author and long-time Mercy Corps supporter, was recently honored with one of the inaugural Mother Teresa Awards. The awards were presented by the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Talbot, the world’s leading Catholic recording artist, was chosen alongside 33 other individuals that have “beautified the world.” The 2005 Laureates of the Mother Teresa Awards include such dignitaries and humanitarians as President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“It is with supreme respect that we send you the 2005 Mother Teresa Award for your untiring devotion and service to the people of God,” Dan Paulos, the Institute’s Director, wrote to Talbot. “Your talents will continue to reach and inspire new generations of believers long after you are enjoying your eternal reward.”

Talbot, who serves as Honorary Chair of Mercy Corps' Partners in Mercy program, has contributed both his time and his resources to furthering the Mercy Corps mission since 1982. He’s recorded and released over 40 albums and performed in front of audiences around the world. Talbot carries the Mercy Corps message and vision everywhere he goes.

On the occasion of Talbot’s recognition, his long-time friend and Mercy Corps Founder Dan O’Neill shared in the happiness.

“Mother Teresa was a true inspiration to me when Mercy Corps began,” O’Neill said. “It was very uplifting to learn that John Michael had received this award.”

Mercy Corps joins with family and friends around the world in celebrating this special honor with John Michael Talbot.

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