Who Was Inés Pascual?
Inés Pascual played a significant role in the life of St. Ignatius. When he was limping, injured from battle, from Montserrat to Manresa, he met Inés, a Spanish noblewoman, who saw that he received food, shelter, and medical care. As Ignatius prepared for his studies in Paris, Inés accompanied him on many of his "begging tours," becoming known as a businesswoman and fundraiser on his behalf. She was the first recipient of one of the many letters Ignatius wrote to his companions, and many believe she is the only woman he ever called "mother."
Each year, Brophy recognizes a woman in our community who models the compassion and commitment of Inés Pascual. Just as Inés worked to ensure the success of Ignatius and eventually the founding of the Jesuits, the recipient of the Inés Pascual award is recognized for the generous ways she works to animate the values and ideals we have inherited from St. Ignatius.
The Inés Pascual Award was established in 2017 and is presented each year at the Mother-Son Communion Breakfast. The inaugural award was presented to Mrs. William Henry Brophy (posthumously) and was received by her granddaughter, Mrs. Kate Brophy.
The 2020 recipient, Mrs. Cindy Hensley McCain, will be honored at the Mother-Son Communion Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 22.