Saint Ignatius High School

St. Robert Bellarmine Award

The Bellarmine Award, named in honor of St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., recognizes an alumnus for excellence in the legal field, promotion of fair and ethical principles in law, and exemplary service to Saint Ignatius High School.
Prayer of St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)

Lord our God, creator of the world, your power and godhead are seen in the things you have made. As we give you glory for the wisdom and teaching of St. Robert Bellarmine, we ask that mankind may be obedient to the faith revealed to us in Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

St. Robert Bellarmine Award Recipients

2018
Hugh A. Carlin '70
2017
Duane Deskins '72
2016
Mark A. Stanton '69
2015
Brian E. Hurley '72
2014
John S. Polito '70
2013
Patrick T. Jones '69
2012
Thomas G. Kelley '63 
2011
Thomas S. Kilbane '59 *
2010  
R. Emmett Moran '65
2009   
Terrance P. Gravens '69
2008
James V. Moroney, Jr. ’71
2007
Kenneth J. Lusnia ’66
2006
Thomas P. Gill ’62 *
2005
Gary W. Johnson ’72
2004
The Honorable Kenneth R. Callahan, Jr. ’73
2002
William T. Monroe ’44 *
2001
Timothy D. Johnson ’66
2000
Peter A. Carfagna ’71
1999 
Frederick R. Nance ’71
1998
The Honorable William J. Coyne, Sr. ’53
1997
John G. Cooney ’70
1996
Arthur R. FitzGerald ’50 *
1995
Patrick J. Jordan ’75 *
1994
The Honorable Francis E. Sweeney ’52 *
1993
The Honorable James M. Porter ’49 *
1992
The Honorable Harry A. Hanna ’57
1991
Robert C. Bouhall ’48 *
1990
Edward J. Maher ’57
1989
Joseph P. Meissner ’59
1988
Frank S. Hurd ’31 *
1987
Thomas E. Lenahan ’47 *
1986
John T. Corrigan ’41*
1985
Donald P. Traci ’44 *
1984
The Honorable John V. Corrigan ’38 *
1983
The Honorable Leo M. Spellacy ’52 
                                                                                       

*Deceased

  • 2018 Recipient: Hugh A. Carlin '70

    When asked about his philosophy on the law, Hugh explains, “My mom would always say, ‘Whenever you encounter someone, treat them how you would want to be treated.’ She told me to see the good in them, to see the face of Christ, but also be the face of Christ. I especially use this approach with the elderly, as they often need more than just an attorney.”

  • 2017 Recipient: Duane Deskins '72

    Duane Deskins ’72 had never been to the west side of Cleveland before visiting Saint Ignatius. He had never met a lawyer before going to college. Now the Chief of Prevention, Intervention and Opportunity for Youth & Young Adults, Deskins received the 2017 Bellarmine Award.