Ricardo Taylor dedicated 42 years of his life to the children of Pennsauken as an educator and later as an administrator in the Pennsauken School District and a member of the Pennsauken Township Board of Education. He served nine terms as Mayor of Pennsauken and continues as a member of the Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners. In his many posts of public service, he has been a tireless advocate for his community.
His contributions to the Diocese of Camden include positions of leadership at his parish, St. Stephen in Pennsauken; membership in the Knights of Columbus fraternal service organization; and active participation in the Diocese’s Office of Black Catholic Ministry.
“I humbly accept this award in gratitude that my livelihood and my religious life have allowed me to give something back to my community,” Taylor said. “As an elected official I always believed that you have both civil and moral obligations and you can’t do one without the other. You have to do what you do for the good of the people.”
“In his years of public service, Mr. Taylor put into concrete practice the principals of Catholic Social Teaching that for too many of us remain in the domain of church pews and Sunday mornings,” said Kevin Hickey. “Throughout his career, he has worked to uncover the roots of injustice and proposed initiatives to make social, political and economic structures more just. He is a model for all those who seek to put justice into action.”