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The Caritas Veritas Award is presented to an alumna/us whose life reflects Dominican University’s motto, Caritas Veritas, a search for truth through charity or service. The award is presented at Reunion.

Mary Ducey Mulhern
2024 Caritas Veritas Award Recipient: Mary Ducey Mulhern ’74

Mary Ducey Mulhern ’74 was born in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago, the fifth of nine children. Her family moved from there to Milwaukee where they lived until 1965, and then moved to Oak Park, Illinois. Mary graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 1970 and began her undergraduate studies at the Circle Campus of the University of Illinois – now called UIC. Mary transferred to Rosary College for the last three years of college and graduated with a degree in Economics in May 1974.

Mary went on to law school in 1974 at DePaul University College of Law, graduating in 1977 and becoming a member of the bar that year. Mary joined a law firm which represented people sued in personal injury cases and tried more than 30 cases to jury verdict while there. She then went on to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, representing state employees and officials sued in their official capacities, with several of her cases going to jury verdict. Mary remained with the Attorney General’s office until 1987, when she established her own private practice in suburban Chicago. In November 1996, Mary was a successful candidate for Cook County Circuit Court and began her judicial career in the Child Protection Division of the Cook County Juvenile Court. Several years later, Mary was reassigned to the Law Division of the Circuit Court, where she presided over hundreds of personal injury lawsuits. In November 2013, Mary retired from the bench. From 2016 through 2021, Mary served as a member, and later Chair, of the Archdiocese of Chicago Independent Review Board, the Archdiocese’s forum for the receipt and consideration of all complaints of abuse by clergy and non-clerical archdiocesan employees. 

Mary and her husband, Joe Mulhern, spend a great deal of their time traveling, with Europe being a frequent destination. They have three grown daughters who live and work in the Chicago area and who spend many remote work sessions and summer weekends at Mary and Joe’s home near the beaches of Lake Michigan.

Previous Recipients of the Caritas Veritas Award

2023: Ellen Bendry '59
2022: Vanessa Jackson '03
2019: Eileen Willenborg ’69
2018: Dianne Mathiowetz ’68, Susan Bakel Cohn ’68
2017: Jane E. Duggan ’67
2016: Judy Purvin Scully ’66
2015: Gera-Lind Kolarik ’75, Barbara Keaton Spaniak ’80, MD
2014: Sr. Kaye Ashe, OP ’52, Sr. Joan O’Shea, OP ’52
2013: Marie Roach Cowhey ’53
2012: Mary V. Whalen ’57 
2011: M. Catherine Crowley Ryan ’61
2010: Maria Kuhn ’75 
2009: Mary Boyle Callow ’67, Sr. Melissa Waters, OP ’59
2008: Josephine Ann Kane ’73 
2007: Catherine E. Klein ’57, Margaret M. Stapleton ’67 
2006: Norman E. Carroll MSA ’83, Sr. Rita Keegan, MM ’56, Barbara Parsons ’56 
2005: Sr. Ann Willits, OP ’55, Mary Lidia Klodnycky-Procyk ’65, MD 
2004: Marilyn McNamara Schaub ’49 
2003: Patricia Somers Cronin ’48, Linda Bieniek ’73
2002: Carolyn J. Noonan Parmer ’52, Sr. Mary Paynter, OP ’52, Richard J. Brennan
2001: Sr. Jeanne Crapo, OP ’46, Mary-Alice Wallach Martines ’51
2000: Sr. Clemente Davlin, OP ’50, Kathleen Anglese Giamalva ’60 
1999: Claire Cusack Cronin ’49, Anna Marie Garippo Sciaraffa ’49 
1998: Mary Thecla “Tekki” Lomnicki ’78 
1997: Jean Burke Foran ’47, Ann Bauer O’Leary Kerley ’47, Sherry S. Treston ’72
1996: Rita Leahy Zorn ’46, Nancy Sidote Salyers ’71 
1995: Mary Spalding Picchi ’45, Hilary Ward Schnadt ’79 
1994: Sr. Jean Murray, OP ’49, Jean Dougherty Quigley ’50, Katharine Williams LeVeque ’54
1993: Doris Boughton Hullihan ’43, Jeanne Pietrus Schmid ’53, Suzanne Cosimano Awalt ’68 
1992: Mary Schotthoefer Shekleton ’42, Carol Kenealy ’67
1991: Katherine Fitzgerald LaBelle ’26, Sr. Mary Woods, OP ’45, Angelika Kuehn ’70
1990: Reycita Cruz Jiron ’40
1989: Grace Victor Cross ’39, Patricia Connery Koko ’64
1988: Sr. Miriam Young, OP ’63, Therese F. Hogan ’78
1987: Sr. Candida Lund, OP ’42, Winifred Kuhn Downing ’47, Theresa M. Schultz ’77
1986: Sr. Lucille Z. Coulihan, IHM ’36
1985: Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35
1984: Mary Yu ’79
1983: Mimi Power ’58
1982: Jeanne Morrissy Darley ’50