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The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (ARCC) presented the 2012 Hans Küng Award for the Rights of Catholics in the Church to John Hushon and Janet Hauter, cochairs of the American Catholic Council. The award presentation took place Saturday April 21st, 1:00 p.m. at the O'Hare Best Western, 10300 West Higgins Road, Rosemont IL 60018.

John Hushon & Janet Hauter, American Cantholic Council, 2011

The Hans Küng Award is given annually to a person who has been outstanding in promoting the rights of Catholics in the Church, rights enabling Catholics to live out their responsibilities as adult children of God and followers of Jesus Christ.

Hushon and Hauter admirably meet these criteria.

The 2012 Hans Küng Award is presented to Janet Hauter for enduring personification of insight, wisdom, organizing and management skills demonstrated in her numerous excellent contributions to lay leadership in the Catholic Church. The award also celebrates her goal-oriented and people-driven leadership on the local state and national level for faith-based lay-led Catholic social action governed by the spirit of Vatican II. The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church presents the Hans Küng Award annually to those who personally most effectively embody the spirit of Vatican II in their leadership roles in the church.

Janet Hauter is a graduate of St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy. She studied for a Master´s Degree in Industrial Organization Psychology with an emphasis on organizational development and strategic planning at Purdue University. Her work at Loyola University, Chicago focused on Philosophy. How could one better prepare for the role she has played as a lay leader in the post-Vatican II Church?

Janet Hauter’s contribution to lay-leadership in the Catholic Church is long-term and wide-spread. She began with a pastoral lay-ministry in Social Justice and a member of the Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmel, IL. She served as President of the Pastoral Council for the Holy Family Catholic Community, Inverness, IL and as a representative on the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Lafayette Diocese, Lafayette IN. Her commitment to social Justice focused on the work of the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) for which she served as a Board Member, President of VOTF Chicagoland and Director of VOTF Chicago. She brought her insight and skills to the national level serving two terms as Vice President of the national organization of VOTF. She served as Co-Chair of the American Catholic Council (ACC) and the National Chair for ACC. Janet Hauter has also presented numerous Seminars, Workshops and Training Programs promoting Parish Leadership, Small Christian Communities, Marriage Encounters and Cursillos. Successful lay leadership is like an MRI of the soul. The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church honors the reflection of Co-Chairwoman Janet Hauter.

The 2012 Hans Küng Award is presented to John D. Hushon for his extensive, tireless and inspired lay leadership role in the Catholic Church these past five decades, but especially in recognition of his leadership as co-chair during these busy and productive years of the American Catholic Council. The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church is privileged to present this 2012 Hans Küng Award to an outstanding lay person, who, in the spirit of Vatican II and its deepest inspiration, dedicated himself to creating and organizing a movement within the Catholic Church in the United States of America. The American Catholic Council invites Catholics and all persons of good will to recommit themselves to preserving the rights and responsibilities of the faithful in the 21st century. John Hushon demonstrates that the laity do indeed lead, organize and bring to fruition creative activities that respond to the “signs of the times.”

John emerged from Harvard Law School into the business world where he shortly became an attorney with the Washington, D.C. firm of Covington and Burling and partner in ArentFox. He served as President CEO of El Paso Energy International Corporation and El Paso Europe Limited. He is Chair of the Board of Artnet AG, the largest internet-based art corporation in the world.

John´s contribution to the Catholic Church is long-term and widespread. He served many years as trustee of the Washington Theological Union, the Center of Concern and Hope Haiti during various periods. He was a prominent member of Pilgrims After Christ, PAX, a small intentional community based in Northern Virginia, until he retired with his family to Naples, Florida, where a new network of intentional Eucharistic communities is now emerging. John´s retirement did not include retirement from the work of Church reform. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Theology and Religion, he served as Trustee of the National Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), and for two years he co-coordinated the American Catholic Council´s activities to commemorate the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council.

John´s energy, efficiency and dedication provided a strong and incredibly effective platform for the work of the Planning Committee of the Vatican II celebration in June 2011. His openness and inclusivity, his ability to synthesize the contributions of all members, his deep understanding of the issues and his self-effacing style of leadership will remain an important legacy in the area of church reform. The inclusive approach invited European and other international reform efforts to join in the celebration and strengthened the nexus of the American Catholic Council with other organizations dedicated to church reform. Successful lay leadership is like an MRI of the soul. The Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church honors the reflection of Co-Chairman John D. Hushon.

Following the presentations, Hushon and Hauter each gave brief presentations on "The vision of rights and responsibilities of Catholics in the church." This was followed by a discussion period and a reception.

ARCC sees its own mission as complementing that of the American Catholic Council, through activities such as developing a program to educate Catholics on their rights within the Church, thereby enabling and encouraging Catholics to carry out their responsibilities as adult people of faith.

Hushon and Hauter join such illustrious recipients as Hans Küng (2005), Archbishop Jean Jadot (2006), Joan Chittister OSB (2007), Bishop Geoffrey Robinson (2008), Sheila and Dan Daley (2010), and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (2011).



Patrick Edgar, DPA, M.Div., President
Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church