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Dedicated social worker who helped found Loyola’s volunteer service program receives annual alumni award

Loyola press release - June 1, 2015

A New Orleans native who spent much of her life working for social justice and ministering in the Catholic Church at the local and national levels has been honored with the highest alumni award from Loyola University New Orleans.

The Loyola Alumni Association has chosen Mary Ann Baudouin '78 to receive the Adjutor Hominum Award, which honors an outstanding Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of the Jesuit education — moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. The award presentation will be held as part of the university's Alumni Weekend celebration and reunion during the annual Alumni Association Jazz Brunch to be held on Sunday, June 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine St., located across from the Audubon Golf Course. The cost is $40 per person or $60 per couple and includes a Creole breakfast. Registration is available online.

“I am so touched to receive this award from the school that absolutely shaped me and inspired me to become an advocate for social justice," Baudouin said. "The Jesuits, my professors, and my friends at Loyola helped me to understand that our faith calls us to do what we can to create a world where the poor and excluded find a place at the table and also gave me practical tools and abiding hope needed to work for that kind of world.”

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.

Baudouin is married to Loyola alumnus Tom Fitzgerald '86 and has three children.