Sharon Lavigne to receive Notre Dame’s 2022 Laetare Medal

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2022

ST.JAMES — Environmental Activist Sharon Lavigne of RISE St. James has been selected as a recipient of Notre Dame’s 2022 Laetre Medal.

Established at Notre Dame in 1883, the Laetare Medal was conceived as an American counterpart of the Golden Rose, a papal honor that antedates the 11th Century. The medal has been awarded annually at Notre Dame to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church, and enriched the heritage of humanity.”

Previous recipients of the Laetare Medal include Dr. Norman C. FCivil War Gen. William Rosecrans, operatic tenor John McCormack, President John F. Kennedy, Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, novelist Walker Percy, Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, labor activist Monsignor George G. Higgins, jazz composer Dave Brubeck, singer Aaron Neville and actor Martin Sheen.

Lavigne’s full story is featured in The Fighter.