Fr. Hehir is to speak April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Gasson 100 on the topic, "What is the Prophetic Role of the Catholic Church in American Society Today?"
The lecture is the first in what organizers hope will be an annual series, with public and religious leaders from varied backgrounds invited to campus to address the influence of religious values and institutions.
"Through this lecture series we seek to celebrate the ways in which diverse religious traditions contribute positively, and prophetically, to American civil society," said Boisi Center Director Prof. Alan Wolfe (Political Science).
Fr. Hehir's teaching, research, and policy work in the Church over the past 30 years have focused on Catholic social teaching, social and foreign policy and the role of religion in American society and world politics. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1984, and has received more than 25 honorary degrees from American universities.
Before taking the reins last year at Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation's largest private networks of social-service organizations, he chaired the executive committee at Harvard Divinity School, where he had been professor of the Practice in Religion and Society since 1993. Previously he was assigned to the US Catholic Conference and served on the faculty at Georgetown University.
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