Tickets are still available for a Wednesday, Nov. 4, program that will honor three social entrepreneurs for their faith-based humanitarian work. One of the three will receive the $1 million Opus Prize, with $100,000 awards going to the other two.

There also are some openings for students who would like to attend luncheons that will be held the following day, on Nov. 5, with the finalists.

The three finalists for the award – from Brazil, Colombia and Morocco – are being honored for their work by the University of St. Thomas and the Opus Prize Foundation.

The finalists are Aïcha Ech Channa, who provides services for unmarried women and their children in Casablanca, Morocco; Sister Valeriana García-Martín, who cares for disabled children in Bogotá, Colombia; and Father Hans Stapel of Guaratinguetá, Brazil, who operates more than 60 communities for people with drug and alcohol addictions.

More details about the Opus Prize program can be found at this Opus Prize Web site.

Ticket information

Free tickets for the public program, which will be held at 8 p.m. in downtown Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall, are available from Orchestra Hall and St. Thomas. An individual can obtain up to eight tickets at these locations:

  • The Box Office in Murray-Herrick Campus Center on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus. Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Orchestra Hall Box Office, 11th Street S. and Marquette Avenue. Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
  • Orchestra Hall ticket line, (612) 371-5656. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
  • The Orchestra Hall Web site.

 A recently added fifth location is at the main desk of the College of Applied and Professional Studies, located on the second floor of Opus Hall on the university’s downtown Minneapolis campus.

Luncheon Information

The Thursday, Nov. 5, luncheons are being held to give members of the St. Thomas community the opportunity to meet and visit with the finalists.

The luncheons will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15. The luncheon for Ech Channa will be held on the Minneapolis campus and the luncheons for García-Martín and Stapel will be held on the St. Paul campus.

The luncheons are free but space is limited, and the openings for faculty and staff have been filled. Students can make a reservation by sending an e-mail to Mary Kay O’Rourke or by calling (651) 962-5705 and indicating which luncheon you would like to attend.

Transportation to Orchestra Hall

Free bus rides from St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus to Orchestra Hall will be available Wednesday, Nov. 4.  The buses will depart from the Flynn Hall residence on north end of the main campus at 7 p.m.  The buses will return to campus at the end of the program. No reservations are required.