Bishop Francis Leipzig
Bishop Francis Leipzig
The Archdiocesan Historical Commission, Portland, Oregon, is seeking nominees for the Bishop Francis P. Leipzig Award. The award is given to persons who have made a significant contribution to the knowledge and public awareness of the history of the Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest.

The award is named for Bishop Francis Leipzig, an energetic historian, archivist, and a founder of the Archdiocesan Historical Commission of Portland in Oregon.

Since its inception in 1972, the Leipzig Award has honored many exemplary individuals, including outstanding historians and archivists, writers, and editors. The recent recipients were Dr. James Strassmaier, noted former oral historian with the Oregon Historical Society and Sister Alberta Dieker, OSB, educator, historian, and archivist for the Benedictine Sisters at Mt. Angel, Oregon. Other recipients include Father W.P. Schoenberg, S.J., prolific author of histories of the church in the Pacific Northwest, and Patricia Brandt and Dr. Lillian Pereyra, co-authors of Adapting in Eden, The Oregon Catholic Minority 1838-1986 and Robert Pfohman, editor of The Catholic Sentinel.

Nominees need not be Catholic, but must have actively preserved and disseminated Pacific Northwest Catholic history (Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) in a written, oral or visual format.

Nominations for the 2014 Leipzig Award are due to the Historical Commission on or before May 1. Nomination forms are available at the Commission’s Web page at Announcement of the 2014 awardee will be made in September with presentation of the award in Fall 2014.

For more information, contact Yume Delegato, Leipzig Award Committee, Archdiocesan Historical Commission, at 503.680.6742 or email [email protected]

The Archdiocesan Historical Commission of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, actively promotes the Catholic history of the Pacific Northwest. The Commission is a twelve-member board and delegated representatives appointed by the Archbishop of Portland.