1933

Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; oldest of five children

1947  

Entered Holy Cross Seminary of the Congregation of Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame

1951

Graduated from Holy Cross Seminary; chose the newly formed Eastern Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross; entered novitiate at North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 1952 Entered Stonehill College, North Easton, Massachusetts

1956

Graduated (Summa Cum Laude) from Stonehill College (B.A., Philosophy and English)

1958

Graduated (Cum Laude) from the Gregorian University in Rome (B.A., Theology) Continued theological studies at Catholic University

1960

Left Congregation of Holy Cross; went to New York City to write; entered Harvard in September

1961

The Tiber Was Silver, the first of two novels, published

1963

Married Karen Ruth Laub

1963-64

Served as journalist for Time and other publications covering the Second Vatican Council in Rome

1964

Mr. Novak’s younger brother, Father Richard Novak, C.S.C, killed in January during Hindu-Muslim riots in East Pakistan
Returned to Rome for Third Session of Vatican Council, September-October
The Open Church published

1965

Belief and Unbelief, published (new ed., 1994)

1965-68

Became Assistant Professor of Humanities at Stanford, voted one of two “most influential professors” by senior class two out of three years

1966

Received an M.A. in History and the Philosophy of Religion at Harvard University
Became associate editor at Commonwealth magazine

1968-1976

First Catholic contributing editor to Christianity and Crisis (now known as Crisis magazine)

1969-1972

Taught at the newly formed experimental College at SUNY Old Westbury

1970

The Experience of Nothingness, published (new ed., 1994) Naked I Leave, second of two novels, published

1972

The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethics, published (new ed., 1996)
Speechwriter for George McGovern, Sargent Shriver, Presidential Campaign

1973-74

Launched new humanities program at the Rockefeller Foundation

1976

Accepted a tenured chair as University Professor and Ledden-Watson Distinguished Professor of Religion at Syracuse University The Joy of Sports, published (new ed., 1994)

1976-1980

“Illusions and Realities” twice weekly column, syndicated nationally

1978

Selected by American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) to become resident scholar in religion and public policy
The Guns Of Latimer, published (also in 1996)

1979

Received the Freedom Award of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority
Pulitzer finalist

1979-86

“Tomorrow and Tomorrow” column appeared monthly in National Review

1981-82

Served as Ambassador of U.S. Delegation to United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva

1982

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, Mr. Novak’s masterpiece, was published

1983

Wrote Moral Clarity in the Nuclear Age, a lay Catholic letter

1984

Received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation
Joined the Board for International Broadcasting (private corporation that governs Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Wrote Toward the Future with the Lay Commission on Catholic and Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy

1985

Received the Award of Excellence, Religion in Media, at Eighth Annual Angel Awards
Became the first U. S. member, Argentina National Academy of Sciences, Morals and Politics
Member of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice

1986

Received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Served as head of U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (monitor of the Helsinki Accords)
Will it Liberate? Questions about Liberation Theology published

1987

Wrote The Consensus on Family and Welfare with a scholarly committee
Named director of social and political studies at American Enterprise Institute

1987-88

Held the W. Harold and Martha Welch chair as Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame

1989

Free persons and the Common Good, published

1989-94

“The Larger Context” column appeared in Forbes magazine

1991

The Hemisphere of Liberty: A Philosophy of the Americas, published

1992

Received Antony Fisher Prize for The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, presented by Margaret Thatcher

1993

Wrote The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

1994

Received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, awarded at Buckingham Palace; delivered the Templeton address in Westminster Abbey
Received the Institution for World Capitalism International Prize with Milton Freidman and Vaclav Klaus
Received Weber Award for contributions to the Catholic and Social Thought in Essen, Germany

1996

Edited To Empower People: From State to Civil Society
Business as a Calling, published
Received the highest civilian award from the Slovak Republic: “Double White Cross Order II”

1997

The Fire of Invention, published

1998

Receive the Bratislava Medal
Received Cézanne Medal form the City of Provence, also in 2001
Tell Me Why: A Father Answers His Daughter’s Questions About God, written with his daughter Jana Novak, was published

1999

On Cultivating Liberty, published
Received the Boyer Award
Received Catholic Culture Medal of Bassano del Grappa in Italy
Received Ludwig von Misses Award in Mexico City

2000

Received the Economics Medal from the Institute of Italian Managers and Entrepreneurs (IDI) Received the Masaryk Medal, presented by Vaclav Havel by the Czech Republic Edited A Free Society Reader

2001

Received the 2001 Award of the Liberal Institute in Prague
Received Cézanne Medal from City of Provence, also in 1998
Wrote On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding 
Gold Medalist, The Pennsylvania Society

2004

The Universal Hunger for Liberty: Why the Clash of Civilizations Is Not Inevitable, published 

2006

Washington's God, published

Requests for information can be submitted via email to the College Archivist, Nicole Casper at ncasper@stonehill.edu