Notre Dame College InnerCitySaints Award

InnerCitySaints Award

Notre Dame College established the InnerCitySaints Award in 2016 to recognize and ‘shine a light’ on an individual who through their humble service, dedication and presence has made a meaningful difference in Cleveland’s inner city urban communities.

2018 InnerCitySaints Nominations Now Being Accepted

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2018 InnerCitySaint. The award winner will be selected by a committee of community leaders in August 2018 and the celebration luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Tudor Arms Hotel in University Circle.

Proceeds from the InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon will directly benefit the College’s Caring Hearts Fund, which supports students who face unforeseen financial, physical or emotional crisis during the academic year. Because of this fund, we have been able to help students with food, winter clothing, computers, books, and emergency travel expenses. Learn more about our Caring Hearts Fund.


Please take a moment to nominate our next deserving ‘saint’ on our InnerCitySaints Award 2018 Nomination Form by clicking here. If you have any questions, contact Ann Coakley at 216.373.6532 or

2018 InnerCitySaints Awards Luncheon - November 15

The InnerCitySaints  Awards Luncheon will celebrate the honoree for their transformational service in the Cleveland metropolitan area. This event also affords an opportunity for leaders from the non-profit and corporate communities to salute the power of loving care and service to others in Northeast Ohio. This year the luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Tudor Arms Hotel in University Circle. Please check back for further details this fall.

In the meantime, contact Ann Coakley, Executive Director of College Advancement, with any questions regarding the nomination process or the luncheon event at 216.373.6532 or

2017 InnerCitySaints Award

The 2017 award was presented to Father Jim O’Donnell on November 16, 2017. Until recently, Father Jim has lived and worked among the most vulnerable and forgotten in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood. He, along with Sr. Maggie Conrad, established the community of the Little Brothers and Sisters of the Eucharist 35 years ago to provide a ministry of “presence” in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland, one of the most depressed and underserved areas of the city.

2016 InnerCitySaints Award

The inaugural award was presented in November 2016 to Sr. Rita Mary Harwood, SND, Secretary for Parish Life and Development with the Diocese of Cleveland, who established and has led the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated since 1996. Currently, about 15,000 people within the eight-county Cleveland Diocese are in jail or prison. Learn more about the Diocesan Ministry to the Incarcerated.