St. John's Honors Fr. Hollenbach

Flatley Professor of Catholic Theology David Hollenbach, SJ, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and delivered the Vincentian Chair for Social Justice Lecture at the recent St. John's University annual Vincentian Convocation on Jan. 28.

Fr. Hollenbach was one of five individuals honored at the event for accomplishments in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Vincentian order that established St. John's. President Donald Harrington, CM, cited Fr. Hollenbach for a "commitment to truth commensurate with that which is a part of the university's own Vincentian mission."

Fr. Hollenbach said he found it "particularly touching" to be honored in the name of St. Vincent de Paul, whose devotion to the poor inspired the latter-day St. Vincent de Paul Society, a lay Catholic charitable organization with nearly a million members worldwide.

"It's a great consolation to think my work is in some sense in continuity and support of St. Vincent de Paul, who has done so much to ease the plight of the poor over several centuries," said Fr. Hollenbach.

Flatley Professor David Hollenbach, SJ.

"It was a great honor to receive this degree," he said, "especially to have the work I have done on questions of justice for the poor recognized as a small contribution to the struggle on their behalf."

Fr. Hollenbach, regarded as one of the Church's most influential ethicists, teaches theological and Christian social ethics. The author of four books and numerous articles on justice, human rights and the role of the Church in social and political life, he received in 1998 the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding contributions to theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America.

- Mark Sullivan

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