Laetare Medal

An award conferred annually by the University of Notre Dame upon a member of the Catholic laity in the United States, who has won prominence by distinguished accomplishment for country and Church, and whose life, lived in conformity with the principles of Christian morality and good citizenship, has been an inspiration to his fellows. The medal was the result of a desire to stimulate Catholic citizens to great achievement. The general plan of the award is based on the ancient custom of the Golden Rose. It is conferred on the fourth Sunday of Lent, the name being taken from the first word of the Introit of the Mass of the day, Laetare, rejoice. The medal, of heavy gold with black enamel tracings, bears the inscription Magna est veritas et praevalebit, Truth is mighty and shall prevail. It is suspended from a bar on which is lettered "Laetare Medal." Following is a partial list of the recipients of the award:
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