Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., ’49, president emeritus of Holy Cross, received the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award from the New England Province of Jesuits during the 11th annual Jesuit Gala on April 12 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston. The honoree video screened at the event featured interviews with Fr. Brooks, Rev. Earle Markey, S.J., ’53, vice president emeritus and associate director of Admissions, and P. Kevin Condron ’67, chair of the Holy Cross board of trustees.
The Province’s AMDG award honors those who selflessly give of themselves for the greater glory of God.
Fr. Brooks served as president of Holy Cross from 1970 to 1994. He joined the Holy Cross faculty in 1963 and was appointed vice president and dean of the College in 1968. Just two years later, he was named the 25th president of Holy Cross. During his tenure as president, Fr. Brooks oversaw the College’s transition to coeducation, an increase in the College’s endowment, 23 years of balanced budgets, and the development of Holy Cross into a nationally recognized liberal arts institution of the highest reputation. Fr. Brooks currently works in the Development Office.
In addition to Fr. Brooks, Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., president of Fairfield University from 1979-2004 and Fr. J. Donald Monan, S.J., president of Boston College from 1972-1996, were honored at the Jesuit Gala. Together, the three AMDG Award winners have served the Society of Jesus as “outstanding educational leaders” for 75 years.
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Fr Brooks is the architect of the present day and future Holy Cross…Thank you so much for all you have done for me in the past as priest on my floor sophomore and junior year and threrafter He is most deserving of every award possible. Thank you for everything you have done for every past and future Crusader….
Please pass on my congratulations to Fr Brooks on receiving this signal honor. It is the motto of our Jesuit High School
St Georges College
founded by Jesuits of the New England Province at the turn of the 20th Century.
Father Brooks, or “Brooksie” as we called him when I was at HC, is a one-of-a-kind, inspirational, Jesuit priest. The Class of ’68 knew him as a teacher (blessed by his insights) and as a worthy successor to Father Swords. I am honored to have known him and to have had the opportunity to try to meet his standards as a student. Rev. Brooks, the Rev. J.J. Carroll and the Rev. Sargeant are my heroes.
There are not enough accolades for Father Brooks. What they tend to miss is his marvelous personal touch. This touch tends to heighten all the milestone accomplishments.