About the Opus Prize
The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. This $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation.
Opus Prize winners combine an entrepreneurial spirit with an abiding faith to combat seemingly intractable global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice. Opus Prize winners demonstrate that change is possible, empowering and inspiring all of us.
About Fr. Rick Frechette, C.P. and the St. Luke Foundation
The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti provides education, healthcare, and dignified humanitarian outreach to over 150,000 people each year while employing more than 800 Haitian staff. Fr. Rick Frechette, an American priest and doctor, began the work of the St. Luke mission in collaboration with a group of inspired, young Haitian leaders who envisioned a different path forward for their country. While Fr. Rick maintains a presence as a trusted mentor whose vision and tireless work continues to help shape the organization, he has built St. Luke’s on the foundation of 100 percent Haitian leadership. Their programs have become a model for what is possible in Haiti when the enormous talent, passion and courage of the next generation of Haitian leaders is embraced. The St. Luke team has made remarkable advances implementing organic, sustainable solutions to the problems facing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
When watching Fr. Rick Frechette move and work among his beloved people, one learns very quickly that what is most important is not so much what he does as a faith-based social entrepreneur, but rather how and why he serves Haiti’s poor. He is a brilliant visionary and businessman who is strong-willed, compassionate, detailed, fearless, funny and completely devoted to the “other.” His unshakable faith grounds his every decision, and the powerful mantra, “If not us – who; if not now – when” inspires every future direction of one of Haiti’s premier service organizations.