We are proud to announce this year’s Irish Person of the Year, Christina (Christi) Brown! ☘ Christi, proud mother of three and grandmother of nine, has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 1968 when she married Owsley Brown II. A passionate believer in the potential of diverse faith communities to effect positive change by working together, she […]
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We are proud to announce this year’s Irish Person of the Year, Christina (Christi) Brown! ☘
Christi, proud mother of three and grandmother of nine, has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 1968 when she married Owsley Brown II. A passionate believer in the potential of diverse faith communities to effect positive change by working together, she co-founded the Center for Interfaith Relations in 1985 and then launched the first US Festival of Faiths in 1994, now in its 24th year. She is also an International Trustee of Religions for Peace, the world’s largest international interfaith organization. In 2012, Christi founded The Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil to promote an interconnected vision of health through citizen science and advocacy. That vision expanded in 2018 through a partnership with the University of Louisville to form the Envirome Institute. The Institute supports research on the effects of the environment on health, promotes holistic scholarship, and bridges academic research with community engagement, transforming the city of Louisville into an urban laboratory. Guided by the Circle of Harmony and Health, a tool she developed, Brown’s philanthropy empowers citizens to reveal interrelationships among environmental and human health, and the need for all forms of health to be in balance. She currently serves on the boards of the Sustainable Food Trust in England, The Land Institute in Kansas, The Berry Center, and The Center for Interfaith Relations, The Louisville Orchestra and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Christina will be presented her award at the noon St Patrick’s Mass at St Louis Bertrand Church on parade day March 9th, 2019. Be sure to give her a wave when you see her along the route!!
Charles “Chuck” Mattingly Operations Director, Franciscan Kitchen Charles “Chuck” Mattingly was born on April 22, 1961 to Pete & Mary Louise Mattingly. He went to Holy Family School on Poplar Level Road and then graduated from St. X High School in 1979. He worked his way through high school as a custodian at grade school […]
Victoria Murden McClure is president of Spalding University and was the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, which she did in 1999. She was also the first woman and first American to ski to the geographic South Pole. Mrs. McClure also chairs the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) board. […]
This year we honor a person very close to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, JK McKnight. JK has been around the Hibernians for most of his life as his father Kelly is a very active member and also a past President of the Division. JK is also a graduate from St Xavier High School. This […]
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) are honoring Susan Sweeney-Crum as the 2015 Irish Person of the Year. Sweeney-Crum, a noted local broadcaster and community activist, will serve as the AOH St. Patrick’s Parade grand marshal on March 14. “Most of us certainly recognize Susan’s name and voice but few really know all that she […]
Hibernians Honor President McGowan as Irish Person of the Year Joseph J. McGowan is president of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He joined Befiarminc in 1990 after serving for 22 years at Fordam University in New York as a vice president and dean. Prior to that McGowan was an admissions and financial officer at the […]
Hibernians Honor Vincent O’Neill as Irish Person of the Year With great pride, Louisville’s Fr. Abram J. Ryan Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians announces the recipient of their highest honor, the 2013 Irish Person of the Year and St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal: Mr. Vincent J. O’Neill.] In a break with recent tradition, […]
Fr. Clyde F. Crews was born in Louisville in 1944, is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and earned a B.A. degree from Bellarmine College in 1966, graduating summa cum laude. It was at Bellarmine that Fr. Crews heard his calling to become a Diocesan priest. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship recipient, he received […]
Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, was born in Dublin, Ireland and received his B.Sc. in biochemistry from the National University of Ireland, an M.Sc. in brewing technology and subsequently a Ph.D. in biochemistry of yeast from the University of Birmingham, England. Using his in-depth knowledge of fermentation technology, Lyons moved to the […]