Cardinal McCarrick to be keynote speaker October 12 at business professional communion breakfast co-sponsored by Fairfield University and CAPP


On Sunday, October 12 at Fairfield University, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport, will celebrate a Mass at 9 a.m. for business professionals and leaders, recognizing their significant contributions in implementing Catholic social doctrine, in the University's Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola. The Mass will be immediately followed by a communion breakfast at the John A. Barone Campus Center Oak Room, where Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will be the keynote speaker.

The event is being co-sponsored by Fairfield University's Center for Faith and Public Life and the Fairfield County Chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice ("CAPP"), a lay-led Vatican organization founded by Pope John Paul II for education and evangelization of Catholic social doctrine through business, professional and academic leaders.

An engaging speaker, Cardinal McCarrick will share his thoughts on his experiences with politicians and the Church. Cardinal McCarrick is the former Archbishop of the Diocese of Washington, D.C. and Diocese of Newark; a trustee of Catholic University of America and Catholic Relief Services; president of the Papal Foundation; and member of several Pontifical Councils. He has been a vocal leader for the Catholic Church in the United States and internationally. A world traveler speaking seven languages, he has focused on migration and been an international advocate for human rights and humanitarian needs. He has led several committees for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops including the Committees on Migration, International Policy, Domestic Policy and most recently the Task force on Catholic Bishops and Catholic Politicians.

Tickets are $40 per person. Couples are welcome. Seating is limited. Contact Cindy Russo at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2927 or crusso@fairfield.edu

The mission of both CAPP and the Center for Faith and Public Life is to increase the awareness, understanding and implementation of Catholic Social Teaching ("CST") so participants in the public arena are well prepared to engage in an active and constructive dialogue about important issues of the day. Robert Rooney is president of the CAPP Fairfield County Chapter.

Catholic Social Teaching, considered by some to be one of the best kept secrets in the Church, is a set of principles for reflection to evaluate the framework of society and to provide criteria for prudential judgment and direction for current policy and action. The primary cornerstones are the inherent Dignity of the Human Person, Solidarity and Subsidiarity.

Responding to the growing global awareness of the influence of religion on public affairs and fostering its Jesuit philosophy, Fairfield University created the Center for Faith and Public Life in November 2005, naming Rev. Rick Ryscavage as director. The Center sponsors a cross-disciplinary forum for students, scholars, policy makers and religious leaders to converse and reflect on the many issues where religion intersects with civic life. The Center acts as a focal point where local, national, and international activities that link faith and public life may be addressed, including such eminent issues as immigration, politics and religion, and civic engagement.

For more information visit http://www.capp-usa.com and www.fairfield.edu.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 25, 2008

Vol. 41, No. 67