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Former head of Catholic Charities to speak

Friday, May 1, 2009, 4:30 p.m. 120 Lewis Library

The Rev. Bryan Hehir, a Harvard University scholar and former head of Catholic Charities USA, will speak on "Catholic Conceptions of Charity, Justice and Philanthropy" at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, in 120 Lewis Library.

Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public
Life at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, specializing in Catholic social teaching and international relations. He also serves as secretary for health and social services in the Archdiocese of Boston. In that role, faced with a state mandate to allow adoptions by same-sex couples, he was part of the controversial decision in 2006 to end Catholic Charities of Boston's adoption work.

Hehir served as president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA from 2001 to 2004 and as dean of the Harvard Divinity School from 1998 to 2001.

The talk is designated as the Doll Lecture on Religion and Money sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.

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