Education for the Catholic Future: Catholic Schools in 21st Century America, featuring George Weigel (POR)

Event details

  • Thursday | March 17, 2016
  • 7:00 pm
  • Portsmouth Abbey, 285 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth RI 02871
  • 401.643.1255



Catholic schools once educated children to participate in mainstream American culture. Now, with mounting challenges towards living an authentically Catholic life in business, the public square — even in one’s own home — Catholic schools must work to develop intentional missionary disciples who will help rescue the country from its present moral malaise.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited: RSVP by March 12 by using the form below, or call 401.643.1255.

Invitation-only reception begins at 6:15PM. 

ROME, MARCH 7, 2005: American wraiter George Weigel talks with Mary Shovlain during an interview . Weigel wrote "Witness to Hope" a biography of pope John Paul II. Photoby: © Franco OrigliaGeorge Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013) and Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013).His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.


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