Michael Collopy '76 Honored With Junípero Serra Award
From the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra and Paul McCartney to Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and seven U.S. presidents, Michael Collopy '76 has traveled the world to capture incredible moments. However, it is his passion for helping others and spreading peace throughout the world that has earned him Serra's highest honor, the Junípero Serra Award.
The Serra Alumni Association presents the Junípero Serra Medal to an alumnus who exemplifies the ideals, goals and objectives of Catholic education. Collopy will be presented with the award on Career Day, April 10. All alumni and friends are invited to attend a special ceremony at 9 a.m. in Serra's Morton Family Gymnasium.
"The Junípero Serra Award recognizes an alumnus who has shared his gifts and talents with the community, making a difference in the lives of others," noted Alumni Director Bob Greene '85. "Michael Collopy could not be a more perfect example of that spirit."
Collopy is known for his wonderful ability to spread peace throughout the world. In 1996, he released Works of Love are Works of Peace with the cooperation of Mother Teresa. In the fall of 2001, Michael released his second book, Architects of Peace. Inspired by children's rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, Collopy photographed 75 of the world's greatest peacemakers and asked each one to write a personal statement on the issue of peace.
In 2008, Collopy formed the Architects of Peace Foundation, which is involved with peace education. The Architects of Peace project is permanently exhibited at the National Civil Rights Museum, Santa Clara University, Marquette University, Anaahuac University in Mexico City and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. In 2009, Collopy was honored with Stanford University's Martin Luther King Peace Award.
"Michael uses his artistry to tell the stories of peacemakers," Greene said. "Since the 9/11 tragedy, Michael has dedicated himself, through his photography and his foundation, to inspiring students across the country to get involved and find ways to create a more peaceful world."