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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Catholic Charities: Challenges and Response

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Catholic Charities volunteer

Rev. Larry Snyder
Catholic Charities USA

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road
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Abstract: Catholic Charities USA is an integral part of the safety net in this country. How do we approach the issue of poverty in this country? Our current system may be inadequate. What principles could guide us to a more effective response? What is the Church’s role in responding to this need? The answers to these discussions will help us to be leaders and not simply be reactionary in our response.

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Fr. Larry Snyder is the president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Six months after joining CCUSA in 2005, Snyder led the network's response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and he currently oversees CCUSA'S project to reduce poverty in America. Snyder is also a member of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum and President Obama's Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He is the author of Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It (2010). He received his B.A. from Illinois Benedictine College, his M.A. in divinity from the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, and a M.A. in public administration from Hamline University.

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In the News

Speaking at the annual Catholic Charities gathering in Charlotte, Fr. Larry Snyder discussed his 10 years as president of Catholic Charities USA, including his oversight of the response to Hurricane Katrina. On Wednesday, November 5, Snyder will visit the Boisi Center to discuss the ongoing challenges of Catholic social work.

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