The Bishop Leonard Crowley Memorial Award was created to recognize distinguished service in the English-speaking Catholic community of Greater Montreal by an individual, group or organization. The Award is sponsored by the English Speaking Catholic Council.

The Award Selection Committee uses the following criteria to determine the award recipients:

  • The person, group or organization has had a significant influence on, or has provided outstanding service, in the English-speaking Catholic community of Greater Montreal. 
  • The person, group or organization has made this contribution above and beyond normal responsibilities.

All nominations must be in writing and should provide a brief description of the individual, group or organization, with details preferably listed in point form (maximum two pages) about the nature and the extent of the contribution of the nominee. Nominations should include the name, address and telephone number of both the nominator and the nominee.

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About Bishop Leonard J. Crowley (1921-2003)

It was in 1962 that Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger asked a fluently bilingual Rev. Leonard Crowley to begin coordinating services and activities for Montreal’s English-speaking faithful. In 1971, Rev. Crowley was named Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal and Director of the Office for English Language Affairs (OELA). Always willing to “encourage individual initiative” and under the implementation of Vatican 2, Bishop Crowley organized and strengthened the English-speaking parishes in Montreal and encouraged increase participation of lay people in liturgical duties. In 1972, sensing a change in the political landscape of the province, Bishop Crowley conceived the Pillars Trust Fund. As Honorary Chairman of Pillars for 25 years, Bishop Crowley called upon volunteers from the business world, clergy and parishes to serve on its Board.