2015 Justice Lecture
Focused on our annual theme of Justice for Children, Youth and Families
Date & Time:
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN. Coeur de Catherine Ballroom, 3rd floor.
Parking is free in guest/visitor lots and the event parking lot.
Justice for Children, Youth, and Families
The Face of Poverty Today: The Widow, the Orphan and the Stranger
Featuring Father Larry Snyder, Vice President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas, President of Catholic Charities USA until 2015. See full bio below.
5 - 5:30 pm: Light refreshments
5:30 - 6:45 pm: Program
Rev. Larry Snyder
In 2015, after twenty-three years of working in the Catholic Charities network, Rev. Larry Snyder took the position of Vice-President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Prior to joining St. Thomas University in February, Rev. Snyder spent ten years as President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 local Catholic Charities agencies nationwide that provide help and create hope to more than 9 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Since joining CCUSA in 2005, Rev. Snyder was responsible for leading the overall direction of the Catholic Charities movement and the strategic leadership of CCUSA. He oversaw CCUSA’s work to reduce poverty in America, encouraging government, business, and academia to raise the issue of poverty in the national conversation.
Rev. Snyder is the author of Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It. The book calls on our nation to commit to supporting innovative approaches to combating poverty and spotlights effective and efficient programs being run by Catholic Charities agencies across the country.
Just six months after his arrival at CCUSA, Rev. Snyder led the network’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in which more than 110 Catholic Charities in the Gulf Coast and beyond provided immediate and long-term aid to more than one million hurricane victims. Over his past decade of leadership, CCUSA has led responses to natural and manmade disasters, helped establish a bold partnership that led to the creation of a first-of-its-kind domestic anti-poverty lab, acquired a new permanent national office, launched a national social innovation initiative, and continued to serve as an advocate for the poor before Congress and the White House.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Snyder to the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In addition, he has been recognized three times by The Non Profit Times in its “Power and Influence Top 50” of non-profit leaders. In 2007, he was named to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church’s charitable activities around the world. He was also president of Caritas North America from 2006-2011.
Prior to joining CCUSA, Rev. Snyder served as executive director of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the largest private provider of social services in the Twin Cities. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1988 and was a high school teacher for eight years prior to joining the seminary.
Rev. Snyder earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. He also holds a master’s degree of divinity from the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and a master’s of public administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DePaul University, as well as from St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.