Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 2, 2012

Fenton to receive 'Pilgrimage of Love Award'

Andover resident John E. Fenton Jr. will be honored this fall for his service with the St. Marguerite d’Youville “Pilgrimage of Love Award” by Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services.

Each year, at the annual Evening of Sharing and Caring, an individual or group is honored for outstanding commitment to community and service by Mary Immaculate Health/Care Services. Fenton will be presented with the Pilgrimage of Love Award at the gala to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at DiBurro’s Function Facility in

Ward Hill.

“The St. Marguerite d’Youville Pilgrimage of Love Award honors a person or organization that leads the way in the journey of love and service, and gives far more to the community than they receive. The award is named for the founder of the Grey Nuns, Marguerite d’Youville,” according to a release from the organization, “John E. Fenton, Jr. has provided counsel to some of the Commonwealth’s most distinguished leaders, yet his roots are firmly planted in the Merrimack Valley. Born and educated in Lawrence, he continued his studies to pursue an illustrious career in law, including over 20 years of service as a Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court and subsequent appointment as the Chief Administrative Justice for the Trial Court. His career also includes a long-time relationship with Suffolk Law School where he served as Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law.

“Many organizations in Greater Lawrence have directly benefited from his leadership including Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center; the Greater Lawrence Boys and Girls Club; and the City of Lawrence. John Fenton Jr. is also a former Governor of Caritas Christi, health care system of the Archdiocese of Boston; member of two Presidential search committees for Emerson College; and director for Study of Christian-Jewish Relations at Merrimack College.”

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