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Northport Residents Honored by Pontifical North American College

12/29/2011

Northport Point residents, Jack and Anne Ball, were recently honored by the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) with the presentation of the Umiltà Award at a ceremony at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Umiltà Awards honor those who have shown outstanding support and collaboration with the Pontifical North American College, the Church in the United States’ seminary in Rome, in the work of priestly formation. Initiated in 2002, the Umiltà Awards are named for Our Lady of Humility, whose image hangs above the main altar in the Chapel of the Casa Santa Maria, the original campus of the Pontifical North American College on the Via dell’Umiltà in the heart of Rome (now the house for U.S. priests pursuing graduate students). Our Lady of Humility has been venerated by the seminarians and priests of the North American College since its opening on December 8, 1859.

Also receiving the Umiltà Award this year was Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, an alumnus of the PNAC, and the main presenter at the convocation for priests that had been co-sponsored by the Diocese of Gaylord and the Diocese of Kalamazoo earlier this year. Past winners of the Umiltà Award include Cardinals William Keeler and Donald Wuerl, the Serra International Foundation, and the Honorable R. James Nicholson, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife, Suzanne. All winners are distinguished for their devoted support of vocations and priestly formation, and extraordinary generosity toward the North American College.

Mr. and Mrs. Ball became involved with the North American College through their friendship with a former rector of the seminary, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, now the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre and Archbishop of Baltimore. Since that time, John F. Ball Productions, Inc., a production company for recruiting and informational films headed by Mr. Ball, has produced a number of videos to communicate the work of the Pontifical North American College. Recently, for example, it produced two informational videos about the PNAC entitled Ad Multos Annos, and Ad Multos Annos: The Tribute, which showcased the 150-year history of the seminary. The videos included footage of the Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord and alumnus of the PNAC, filmed at Christ the King Parish in Acme.

While the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome prevented him from attending the event, Bishop Bernard A. Hebda was “thrilled to hear that Jack and Anne, a couple with such strong ties to our region, were being singled out for this great international honor.”

Locally, Mr. and Mrs. Ball are well known for their involvement at St. Gertrude’s parish in Northport. They are also Knights of St. Gregory the Great, an honor received directly from the Roman Pontiff. Jack is also a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and the Knights of Malta. When not at Northport Point, the couple may be found at their home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Northport Point residents, Jack and Anne Ball, were recently honored by the Pontifical North American College (PNAC) with the presentation of the Umiltà Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Pictured with the couple are Archbishop of Newark John J. Myers (left) and Rev. Msgr. James F. Checchio, Rector of the Pontifical North American College (right). The Umilta Awards recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding support and collaboration with PNAC, the U.S. Catholic Church’s seminary in Rome. (Photo courtesy of Blanken Photography Studio and PNAC .)

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