Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan presents Hal Smith with the national award. (Photo by Troy Zeigler)

On September 26, Catholic Charities USA honored Hal Smith with the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award at their annual gathering, held this year in Portland, Oregon. This prestigious national award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence, creativity, and leadership in service delivery to children and their families.

Hal has spent 35 years at the helm of what is widely recognized as one of the most innovative, effective and efficient Catholic Charities organizations in the country. Under his visionary leadership, Catholic Charities has developed groundbreaking facilities and programs for people living in poverty; a network of programs for children and families; 20 senior living communities for low-income seniors as well as an assisted living facility and a rehabilitation/nursing center; and a network of community-based residential and day programs that allow people with developmental disabilities to live full lives.

Hal has led an organization that serves over 160,000 people each year and serves well over a quarter million meals to those who are hungry…welcoming each and everyone with a dedication to “cherish the Divine within.” Hal had held numerous board and advisory positions, appointments to governmental commissions, and is the recipient of the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Medal.