The Edith Stein Prize was established in 2017 by the Edith Stein Society in Wrocław, which works to deepen, understand and popularize the rich spiritual heritage of Edith Stein – Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, daughter of the Jewish nation, philosopher and Carmelite, proclaimed by Pope John Paul II the Co-patroness of Europe.
Aware of how deeply her life relates to the tragic history of the Jewish, Polish and German nations, the Society, by awarding the Prize, wants to contribute to the realization of a vision of the united Europe, in which Christian values and human dignity would be respected.
The St. Edith Stein Prize is awarded by the Chapter of the Edith Stein Society and the Director of the Commemorance and Future Centre (2019).
Mrs. Anita Czarniecka-Stefańska – for many years of active participation in the Edith Stein Society in Wrocław, for its co-creation and photographic documentation of events in the Society’s chronicle, for editing the book “Edith Stein in Polish Culture” (a gift from the Edith Stein Society to Pope John Paul II to commemorate the canonization of Theresa Benedicta from the Cross) as well as for the dedicated work commemorating places connected with The Edith Stein’s life in Wrocław and for promoting her spiritual heritage.
Fr. Manfred Deselaers, PhD – for his empathetic priestly ministry in Oświęcim, his dedication to the religious significance of the memory of Auschwitz and the deep healing of this “open wound in the heart of Europe”, his work at the Center for Dialogue and Prayer promoting peace, interreligious and international dialogue, spreading the worship of the Holocaust Martyrs: St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe and for the longstanding co-operation and support for the Edith Stein Society in Wrocław.
Fr. prof. Jerzy Machnacz – for researching and popularizing the spiritual and intellectual heritage of St. Teresa Benedicta from the Cross through numerous scientific and popular science publications, passionate homilies and lectures, for organizing and participating in international conferences on Edith Stein’s philosophy and her message for the modern world, for spiritual and financial support for the Edith Stein House in Wrocław and for spreading the worship of St. Teresa Benedicta from the Cross in Poland and abroad.
Pastor Hermann Peters – for his commitment to Polish-German reconciliation, spiritual and financial support for promoting the heritage of Edith Stein – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in Poland and Germany, especially in his Parish Church of St. Boniface and in the city of Dortmund, and long-term cooperation with the Edith Stein Society in Wrocław.
Mrs. Danuta Skraba – for co-creation of the Edith Stein Society, determination in negotiations with the highest authorities of Poland and Germany to acquire the Stein’s family home and funds for the complete renovation of the building, establishing and maintaining relations with the Batzdorff family in the USA, as well as dedicated, long-term work to preserve the memory of Edith Stein in Wrocław and popularization of her spiritual heritage.
Mr. Marian Łukaszewicz – for co-creating the Edith Stein Society, founding the TES Quarterly, valuable publications on the life of the Stein family, the history of the house and Wrocław places associated with Edith Stein, full of sacrifices as the multiple Chairperson of the Edith Stein Society and for popularization of her spiritual heritage.
Fr. Jerzy Witek – for co-creating the Edith Stein Society, determination in negotiations with the highest authorities of Poland and Germany to acquire the Stein’s family home and funds for the capital renovation of the building, construction of the St. Edith Stein Chapel in the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Wrocław, full of devotion longtime work to preserve the memory of Edith Stein in Wrocław, popularization of her spiritual heritage and acting as a Chairman of the Edith Stein Society since 2010.
Cardinal Joachim Meisner – (posthumously) for his commitment to Polish-German reconciliation, for his spiritual and financial support in promoting the heritage of St. Edith Stein in Poland and for funding the Chapel of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in the Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Wrocław.
Fr. prof. Robert Skrzypczak – for his constant proclamation of the message about human dignity, the right to life and the destiny for happiness, his calling to save a family authority and reconciliation of nations through taking Europe back to its Christian roots; for conducting rich in Christian values dialogue in the media, and for popularization of the spiritual and intellectual heritage of St John Paul II and St Edith Stein.
Fr. prof. Bogumił Gacka – for founding the world’s first Chair of Personalism at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, research on the reality of creation, supernatural dignity of man and nation, splendour of nature and for building a reality based on Christian values and popularization of the spiritual and intellectual heritage of St. John Paul II and St. Edith Stein.
Mrs. Stella Zylbersztajn- Tzur – the Holocaust survivor of the Jewish nation – for her tireless work on the realization of a vision of a just world, where human dignity, respect for religious values and the nations’ right to freedom will be respected.