Brother Terence McLaughlin Recipient of Dozier Award at CBU

The Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice will be presented to Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC on Saturday, November 9, at 6:00 p.m. at The Hilton Memphis in the Tennessee Grand Ballroom during CBU’s Bell Tower Gala.

During his 73 years as a Christian Brother, Brother Terence has served as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent, director of education, CBU’s President and a member of the CBU Board of Trustees. His teaching journey has taken him to four states and London, England.

As an author of numerous books and booklets, Brother Terence recently authored Silent Acceptance, a memoir in which he as President of Christian Brothers College in 1963 steadily led the way for the entrance of the first black student, Jesse Turner Jr., into the all-white Catholic school, Christian Brothers High School.  Once again, Brother Terence uses his richness in storytelling to describe the two-culture city of Memphis at that time, and the school’s willingness to break ranks with the city’s cultural code to welcome Turner 50 years ago.

Other publications include Blessed To Teach, which furnishes many possibilities for teachers and reminds them that what they are doing is special; The Passing of the Baton addresses CBU as a Midtown Memphis university in transition; Our Enduring Milestones (co-authored) details the historical importance of CBU’s memorialized buildings and landmarks; and The Schools that Faith Built tells the story of the San Miguel schools in Chicago.

Brother Terence entered the De La Salle Christian Brothers in July 1940. He received a B.S.S. from St.  Mary’s University in Winona, MN and a Master of Art degree from DePaul University, Chicago. Among his numerous awards are an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree and the Religious Service Award from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN, the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL; the Distinguished Graduate Award form St. Michael School in Duluth, MN and a Special Award for Work in Inner City Youth from the Juvenile Protective Association in Chicago.

Brother Terence is being honored for his faithful championing of racial equality, especially in education and his dedication to ensuring equal access to a quality education for all. This year’s Dozier Award for Peace and Justice is also in celebration of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Dozier Award for Peace and Justice is named for Bishop Carroll T. Dozier, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and a leader in race relations, peace and justice. Bishop Dozier served as Bishop of Memphis from 1971-1982.

For more information on the Bell Tower Gala, please contact Karen Viotti at (901) 321-3254 or

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