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Longtime UP benefactors recognized by order
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Sue and Al Corrado
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Sue and Al Corrado

Al and Sue Corrado, longtime University of Portland friends and benefactors, have received the 2013 Spirit of Holy Cross Award. The recognition is given annually to lay collaborators of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers. The award acknowledges the importance of recipients in living out the mission of Holy Cross founder Blessed Basil Moreau to make God known, loved, and served through education, parish and mission settings.

“This year’s Spirit of Holy Cross awardees not only support our mission, but more importantly, they have joined us in our mission using their God given talents in their own vocations,” said Father Thomas O’Hara, provincial superior.

The Corrados have given more than $10 million to various efforts and projects at UP. Al, a 1955 graduate, joined the Board of Regents in 1991 and has served ever since, including six years as its chairman.

“Even before he arrived on the University of Portland campus 62 years ago, Al Corrado exhibited many of the virtues that characterize the Congregation of Holy Cross,” said Rev. Jeffrey Allison, C.S.C., religious superior at UP. “Later, after he had graduated, married, started a family and founded an investment management company, he and his wife, Sue, lived a life together that is infused with the spirit of Holy Cross.”

Corrado Hall, a three-story residence hall built in 1998, was named in honor of the Couple. The hall boasts a chapel, floor lounges, a south portico and views of the Willamette River.

The Corrados are also supporters of St. John Fisher Parish, Central Catholic High School, the Archdiocese of Portland and other organizations and institutions in the area.

The couple have a family of seven children, 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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