Distinguished Service Award

Terence McKiernan
2023 Honoree

The American Catholic Historical Association is honored to bestow the 2023 Distinguished Service Award to Terence McKiernan, co-founder and president of BishopAccountability.org. McKiernan holds master’s degrees in Classics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Bristol.

Founded in 2003, BishopAccountability.org has developed a database and archive with over 500,000 files, articles, and documents related to Catholic clergy abuse. He is one of the country’s leading advocates for victims of clerical abuse. His work has deeply influenced scholarship on the Catholic Church and sexual abuse.