Honors and Awards

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Each year Fenwick has the privilege of honoring several members of its extended community, who by living the Fenwick tradition of excellence in all that they do, exemplify the Dominican charism and what it means to be a Friar-for-Life.
The Institutional Advancement Department sponsors three main awards and actively solicits nominations for consideration of Fenwick community members—alumni, parents, past parents, faculty and staff, Dominicans, other friends and volunteers—to be honored with the following:

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  • Hall of Fame

    Each year two to five members of the Fenwick community who exemplify the values and traditions of Fenwick and achieve at the highest levels of their chosen field of endeavor are inducted into the Fenwick Hall of Fame. To see a full listing of Hall of Fame members, please click here. If you would like to nominate somebody into the Hall of Fame, please click here.
  • Lumen Tranquillum

    Each year one member of the Fenwick community is recognized for being a “quiet light” for his or her outstanding work with children and young adults throughout their exemplary career. To see a full listing of Lumen Tranquillum recipients, please click here. If you would like to nominate somebody for the Lumen Tranquillum, please click here.
  • The Torch Award

    This award is presented annually at the Pass the Torch golf outing to the matriarch or patriarch of a family with deep, multi-generational ties to Fenwick. Through their love of family and Fenwick, these recipients Pass the Torch to the next generation of Friars. To see a full listing of Torch Award Recipients, please click here.
  • Friar Excellence Award

    The Fenwick High School Friar Excellence Award is an honor bestowed upon distinguished alumni of Fenwick High School who have achieved exceptional success in their professional and personal lives in the areas of public service, the arts, education, business and entrepreneurship, law, science, service, faith, healthcare, or other pursuits.
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The Accipiter Award

In addition to the institutional awards presented by Fenwick, the Fenwick Bar Association annually honors one of its members with the Accipiter Award.

The Accipiter Award was first presented in 1997 as a way to honor members of the Fenwick community who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. "Accipiter" is a Latin word meaning "hawk." The award was named in honor of Fr. Joseph Hren, O.P., longtime teacher of Latin at Fenwick High School. Fr. Hren often was known among students as The Hawk for his devotion to detail and accuracy and his love for Latin, the language of the Law.

Contact Us

For more information about any of Fenwick’s honors and awards, please contact Dawn G. Swanson-Lemus, Alumni Relations Coordinator: or 708-948-0323.
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