Convenant House Head Will Speak At Laetare Sunday Event

By Mark Sullivan
Staff Writer

Covenant House President Sr. Mary Rose McGeady, DC, head of the nation's largest crisis shelter for homeless youth, will be the featured speaker at the 48th annual Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast on March 22 in McElroy Commons.

Sr. McGeady will address the more than 1,000 alumni expected at Laetare Sunday, which marks the halfway point of Lent. Considered one of the nation's leading frontline experts on youth homelessness, Sr. McGeady has testified before congressional committees and spoken on behalf of her "kids" on television and in speeches across America.

The silver jubilarian class of 1973 will host the day's events, which begin with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church celebrated by Fr. Peter J. Uglietto '73, and music provided by the St. Ignatius Choir. Immediately following will be the breakfast, which dates to the 1950s and is the Alumni Association's longest-standing tradition.

A member of the order of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 51 years, Sr. McGeady has worked with children for more than four decades. She has served in the past as executive director of the Nazareth Child Care Center in Boston and of the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY. She also was associate executive director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Brooklyn, among other positions.

Since 1990 she has headed Covenant House, a New York City-based crisis intervention program for runaway and homeless youth under the age of 21. In 1997 alone, 44,000 abused or neglected children took refuge at Covenant House shelters in cities across the US, Central America and Canada. The program provides primary services such as food, clothing and shelter, while helping clients obtain the skills they need to succeed on their own.

Tickets for the Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast are $18 for adults; and $12 for children and for alumni from classes 1988-97. They may be obtained from the Alumni Association at ext.2-4700.

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