Distinguished Award for Albert Nolan
On 8 May 2015 in the presence of the Senate and Board of St. Augustine’s College (the Catholic Church’s local university) and about 40 newly capped graduates, Dominican Fr Albert Nolan received the distinguished Bonum Commune award. This award was granted in recognition of the significant contribution made by Fr Albert through his writings and actions over the years in fostering justice and the common good in our country.
In the citation read out by Sr Judy Coyle, mention was made of his two well-known books, Jesus before Christianity and Jesus Today which have been translated into several languages. So passionate was he about the struggle in South Africa against apartheid, that in 1983 he turned down his election as Master General of the Order so that he could return and assist in the theological struggle against apartheid. Some years later, Pres. Thabo Mbheki conferred on him a distinguished national award. Besides his involvement in leadership in the Dominican Order, he was also instrumental in founding the Young Christian Student movement in the country and was instrumental in the writing of the now famous Kairos Document which has become a blueprint of similar documents in other countries.
The chairman of the board, Mr. Brian Scallon, awarded the certificate to Father Albert Nolan who was seated in the front row clad in a red gown over his Dominican habit.