John P. Laborde Receives The 2013 Pope John Paul II Award: Family and Faith Inspire a Lifetime of Service

LSU Law alumnus John P. Laborde was honored as the 2013 Pope John Paul II Award Recipient by the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  The Pope John Paul II Award is presented annually to a deserving layperson or permanent Deacon who resides in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and who exhibits inspirational examples of Christian stewardship. The award criteria include an outstanding record of volunteer service, high moral character and exemplary values.

Some 650 guests, including family, friends, colleagues, LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss, and faculty and staff, attended the dinner and awards ceremony at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton.  In his acceptance remarks, Mr. Laborde spoke of his love of family, church, and country, while encouraging the audience to aspire to a life of service and commitment to values.  Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans remarked on Mr. Laborde’s humility and generosity to those in need.

Mr. Laborde is a 1949 graduate of the LSU Law Center.  On October 26, 2012, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved naming the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center in recognition of his historic $2 million gift to the Energy Law program, as well as his lifetime support of the Law Center.

Mr. Laborde has served in multiple leadership roles with the Law Center, and was honored as the LSU Law Center’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1993.  He has been a longtime member of the Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council, a former member of the Law Center’s Alumni Board of Trustees, and a member of the Law Center’s Forever LSU Campaign Steering Committee. Mr. Laborde served as Chair of the Law Center’s Annual Fund Campaign from 1999 – 2003.

Read the John Laborde News Release .