Bishop John McCarthy is the recipient of the Pat Flood Humanitarian Award for iACT's 2011 Hope Awards.

Bishop McCarthy served as Bishop of Austin from 1986-2001. During his tenure, he made a name for himself as a tireless advocate for interfaith understanding as well as a champion of social services for the poor. As Bishop he established the Catholic Services Appeal, the Diocesan Law Project to provide legal aid to the disadvantaged, the Parish Social Ministry program to provide support to the poor and vulnerable, as well as the Gabriel Project to provide counseling and aid to women experiencing undesired pregnancies. In 2008, he was awarded the Harry A. Fagan Roundtable award, an award honoring individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Catholic vision of social justice. Bishop McCarthy, a longtime friend of iACT's Founding Executive Director, Pat Flood, retired on Jan. 2, 2001. He is currently resides in Austin and continues to advocate for social justice.

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