Any organization within the geographical Diocese of Cleveland that complies with the Fr. David F. Fallon Award application criteria and guidelines may apply.
All completed applications are due on March 31. The Fr. Fallon Award winners are recognized at the CCHD awards luncheon in June.
“If you want peace, work for justice.” – Pope Paul VI
The Fr. David Fallon award is in recognition of groups within the Diocese of Cleveland from parishes, high schools, colleges or organizations that mirror the life and work of Fr. Fallon’s dedication to peace and justice by perpetuating the mission of CCHD and educating others about Catholic Social Teaching.
Rev. David Fallon (b.1944, d. 2009) was a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland who worked for the common good with love and dedication for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the Commission on Catholic Community Action—the Social Action office for Cuyahoga County in the Diocese of Cleveland. He understood the CCHD value of empowering and educating the poor—that is, working for justice—as being essential for peace. He served, worked for, and promoted these CCHD values and the CCHD national collection at whatever parish he served. He was also a member of the advisory board and distribution committee that was responsible for awarding the CCHD local grants. Furthermore, Rev. Fallon served as a member of the Commission of Catholic Community Action and as Chair of the International Peace and Justice Committee for many years.
Fr. Fallon’s life is a testament to working for peace and justice. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Cleveland in 1970; during his priesthood he served the poor and marginalized as a pastor in El Salvador amidst the country’s violent civil war. After Fr. Fallon returned to the U.S. he served the Catholic Hispanic population in the Diocese of Cleveland. At his passing in 2009 he was the pastor of La Sagrada Familia in Cleveland.