Aquinas Institute of Theology is honoring Monsignor Michael E. Turek of the Archdiocese of St. Louis as the 2013 recipient of its annual Great Preacher Award.

The award will be presented to Monsignor Turek Thursday, Oct. 24, at Rose of the Hill, 2300 Edwards, in St. Louis.

Aquinas Institute, run by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), instituted the Great Preacher Award in 1995 to recognize those who by their words and actions have contributed in an outstanding way to the building up of the Catholic community.

Aquinas Institute considers the Great Preacher Award a powerful means of renewing the church and promoting good preaching while sharing its Dominican charism. The award is intended not only to sustain preachers of the Word, but also to help Catholics become more attuned to hearing the Word.

Monsignor Turek was born in St. Louis, the oldest of four children born to Ed and Anne Turek., and was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Louis May 22, 1976, and was stationed at Ste. Genevieve Parish until 1981. He also taught during that period at Valle High School.

Following that, he served at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in St. Louis, and taught at Mercy High School and Rosati-Kain High School.

After serving at Holy Cross Parish in St. Louis, Monsignor Turek was appointed president of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and pastor at Saint Ann Parish in Clover Bottom from 1990-1997.

During his time at SFBRHS, he participated in graduate studies, earning a master’s degree in education from Boston College in 1993.

He continued his parish work in the St. Louis archdiocese, stationed as pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Florissant until 2003, then at St. Joan of Arc Parish, where he serves as pastor today.

In September of 2006, he was named Chaplain of His Holiness, which brought with it the title of monsignor.

In addition to his parish work, Monsignor Turek is a member of the St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Endowment Board, the St. Louis Archdiocesan Priest Personnel Board, and as the Dean of the South City Deanery, in which capacity he still serves today.

He also has been a member of the Archdiocesan High School Facilities Endowment Board, the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the City Catholic Collaborative, and the Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education. Additionally, he currently is a sitting member of the Aquinas Institute of Theology Board of Trustees.

The selection of Monsignor Turek for Aquinas Institute of Theology’s 2013 Great Preacher Award was inspired by the many ways in which he exemplifies a great preacher: his pastoral leadership, his service to the Archdiocese of St. Louis and south St. Louis city, and for his preaching of the Gospel in word and deed.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the Oct. 24 award dinner, contact Aquinas Institute of Theology at 314-256-8857 or email

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a St. Louis-based Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry administered by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans).

Offering both residential and online degree programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution in the United States to offer a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) degree in preaching.