Sister Carla Mae Streeter to receive interfaith award from Temple Israel

Sister Carla Mae Streeter, professor emerita of systematic theology and spirituality at Aquinas Institute of Theology, has been named as the recipient of Congregation Temple Israel’s Malachi Award for Interfaith Relations and Understanding.  Streeter was selected for this honor by an independent panel of leaders and representatives from a broad spectrum of faith communities.  

The award will be presented during a special Shabbat worship service at Temple Israel celebrating interfaith understanding and social justice at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16.   The public is invited to attend the evening of prayer and music centered on the themes of religious freedom and social justice.  An oneg Shabbat dessert reception in honor of Streeter will follow the service. Congregation Temple Israel is located at 1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Drive, at the corner of Ladue and Spoede roads in Creve Coeur.

“Sister Carla Mae Streeter was the unanimous choice of our Malachi Award Committee,” said Rabbi Amy Feder.  Billie Mayo, a member of the Baha’i faith and vice president of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis Board, wrote in her letter of nomination: “She is truly a person who ‘walks’ her ‘talk’ in that she is constantly engaged in actions that promote unity in diversity.” 

Carla Mae Streeter, is a Dominican of the Congregation of Catherine of Siena in Racine, Wisc.  She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Dominican College in Racine, master’s degrees from St. John University in Collegeville, Minn., and Regis College in Toronto, Canada. She also earned her doctoral degree from Regis. In addition to teaching theology and spirituality at Aquinas Institute, Streeter is active in numerous ecumenical and interfaith efforts, including the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis. 


The Malachi Award was established and endowed in 1986 by Temple Israel members Jack and Ellen Deutsch to honor the 100th anniversary of Temple Israel’s founding.  The award was established “to encourage the religious sector to take a firmer role in leading and guiding toward mutual respect, understanding, and love.” The Malachi Award winner receives a medal of honor and a cash prize. This will mark just the 13th time that the award has been conferred. 

For more information on the Malachi Award or the service and program on Jan. 16, visit or contact Carol Wolf Solomon at 314-432-8050.