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Garafulich-Grabois Receives the Grade of Dame of the Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral  

Picture of Gloria Garafulich-Grabois On January 15, 2018, Seton Hall University's Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Director of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture and Managing Editor of The Chesterton Review and The Lonergan Review, was awarded from the Government of Chile the grade of Dame of the Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral. This decoration is bestowed on a small group of selected individuals that stand out for their contributions to culture. Mrs. Grabois was honored for her long-standing, active and extensive work in promoting the work of Gabriela Mistral and Chilean culture, as well as for her permanent work on behalf of Chile-US relations to benefit various areas of their cultures and for her outstanding volunteer and philanthropic work that benefit children and seniors in need in the US and Chile, as well as her work in all the disciplines of the arts, including her work at the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University.

The Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral is a high distinction instituted in 1977 by the Government of Chile, which grants it to national and foreign personalities who have stood out for their contribution to the benefit of education, culture, and enhancement of the teaching function. Since its inception, it has been bestowed on a very select group of individuals for their contribution to education and culture. Among them are Paul McCartney, Roberto Matta, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez.

The ceremony, held at the Chilean Foreign Ministry in Santiago, was hosted by Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile and was attended by senior members and authorities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education; the Honorable Nives Malenica, Ambassador of Croatia in Chile; Monsignor Fernando Chomalí, Archbishop of Concepción; as well as by members of academic institutions of higher education and representatives of various Chilean cultural organizations; members of the Executive Board and Honorary Boards of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation; as well as family members and friends.

Mrs. Grabois is the President of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, a volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to deliver projects and programs that will make an impact in the lives of children and adults in need. The foundation promotes the humanitarian and literary legacy of Gabriela Mistral—the only Hispanic American woman to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature (1945). Mrs. Grabois wrote, produced and directed the documentary, Gabriela Mistral: her Life, her Legacy which was launched in October 2009 at a special event at The New York Times, and she has extensively translated the work of Mistral, and is co-editor of the special bilingual publication, From Chile to the World: 70 years of Gabriela Mistral's Nobel Prize (2015).

About the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture
The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University, promotes the thought G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) and his circle and, more broadly, explores the application of Chestertonian ideas in the contemporary world. Chesterton, also known as "the prince of paradox" was an English writer whose prolific and diverse output included philosophy, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art criticism, biographies, Christian apologetics and fiction. Chesterton, was one of the most versatile writers of his day and his ability to write on serious matters in a style accessible to the ordinary reader, made him one of the most beloved figures in the twentieth century. His thought has particular importance for those who value the sacramental tradition and Catholic social teaching and Christian spirituality. His works have been translated into many languages and because his writing are increasingly are the subject of study by students and scholars, they continue to reach new generations of readers.

The Institute's work consists in organizing conferences and lecture series, research, writing and the publication of The Chesterton Review-a widely respected academic journal. As interest in Chesterton grows, The Chesterton Review is growing too. In response to the revival of Chesterton around the world, The Chesterton Review now publishes annual editions in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. The G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture at Seton Hall University is considered the world center for Chesterton's studies. For more information visit: or contact

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious journals, The Chesterton Review and The Lonergan Review. For more information, visit

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