LUCAP Co-Founder honored with Adjutor Hominum Award, top Alumni award

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Fri, 06/05/2015

Mary BauduoinMary Baudouin (Class of 1978) was named as the winner of Loyola's top alumni award, Ajutor Hominum award.  It is given to an alumnus who best exemplifies the values and philiosophy of Jesuit education - moral character, service and integrity.

Baudouin graduated from Loyola in 1978 with a degree in social work.  While at Loyola, she led a group of students who started LUCAP, the Loyola University Community Action Program, a student-led volunteer service and advocacy program now in its 40th year. Baudouin went on to earn a master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

After returning to New Orleans, Baudouin built a career working in the social justice ministry in the Catholic Church, including 14 years with Catholic Charities and the Office of the Social Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. When the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote their pastoral letter on the U.S. economy in 1987, Baudouin coordinated their Office of Implementation for the United States Catholic Conference Office of Social Development and World Peace. She also spent seven years working as a consultant with faith-based and social service nonprofits in the South, specializing in the areas of strategic planning, board development and grant-writing.

Baudouin has worked since 2003 as the provincial assistant for social ministries of the Jesuits, first with the New Orleans Province and now with the newly formed United States Central and Southern Province. In addition to coordinating social justice ministries for the province, she is responsible for the annual Ministry of Management training seminar for priests and lay leaders of Jesuit works. She serves as an associate for the Jesuit Social Research Institute at Loyola, where she helps to lead Catholic dialogues on immigration and the child migrant crisis and human rights with a private prison company.

She currently serves on the boards of The Harry Tompson Center, St. Mary's Dominican High School (her alma mater) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She was a founding board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network and The Isaiah Fund.  She is married to Loyola alumnus Tom Fitzgerald '86 and has three children.