The Opus Prize is a prestigious international prize awarded annually to organizations that demonstrate outstanding faith-based humanitarian work. We at ESKW/A were utterly thrilled to find out that this year’s $1 million first prize recipient is none other than Sister Tesa Fitzgerald of Hour Children. We are honored to be the architects for both the rehabilitation of Hour Apartment House II and the new design and construction of Hour Apartment House III, two of Sister Tesa’s extremely successful housing programs. In her acceptance of the prize, Sister Tesa announced that the award money would go towards site acquisition to create more housing, which she said is desperately needed. Sister Tesa was also a subject of the recent non-fiction book If Nuns Ruled the World by Jo Piazza, which we highly recommend. She’s a hero and an inspiration.
Congratulations, Sister Tesa and Hour Children!
For past coverage of this amazing woman’s accomplishments, please see our post about her feature in the NYTimes, and read about the ribbon cutting ceremony at Hour Apartment House III.