TORONTO, ON April 22, 2014 – The Catholic Civil Rights League will hold its annual dinner Thursday May 22 at Spirale’s Banquet and Conference Centre, Toronto. Guest speaker will be Brian Lilley, columnist and broadcaster with Sun News Media.

The evening will also include the presentation of the Archbishop Adam Exner Award for Catholic Excellence in Public Life. The League instituted the award to honour Archbishop Exner upon his retirement in 2004. It recognizes outstanding leadership in a variety of areas, including education, philanthropy, life issues and social development. Previous winners have included the late Frederick W. Hill, Catholic philanthropist and chairman of the Hill Group of Companies, Jim Hughes, founder of Campaign Life Coalition, Fraser Field, founder of Catholic Educators Resource Centre, Dr. Andrew and Joan Simone, founders of Canadian Food for Children, broadcaster Michael Coren, artist and author Michael O’Brien and pro-life writer and activist Father Alphonse De Valk, CSB.

League members and guests and welcome to attend. For tickets ($75 each), please call 416-466-8244, e-mail or use this order form.

About CCRL
Catholic Civil Rights League ( assists in creating conditions within which Catholic teachings can be better understood, cooperates with other organizations in defending civil rights in Canada, and opposes defamation and discrimination against Catholics on the basis of their beliefs. CCRL was founded in 1985 as an independent lay organization and has chapters across Canada. The Catholic Civil Rights League is a Canadian non-profit organization entirely supported by the generosity of its members.

For further information:
Joanne McGarry, Executive Director, 416-466-8244;