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HehirRev. J. Bryan Hehir will give the baccalaureate sermon.

A well-respected theologian for his work in ethics and international relations, Hehir serves as the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the practice of religion and public life at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the former president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and served on the faculty at Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School.

His research and writing focus on ethics and foreign policy and the role of religion in world politics and in American society. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University (1984-1992) and the Harvard Divinity School (1993-2001). His writings include: The Moral Measurement of War: A Tradition of Continuity and Change; Military Intervention and National Sovereignty; Catholicism and Democracy; and Social Values and Public Policy: A Contribution from a Religious Tradition. From 1973 to 1992, Father Hehir served in Washington at the US Catholic Conference and at Georgetown University. At the US Catholic Conference, he was first Director of the Office of International Affairs, then Secretary of the Department of Social Development and World Peace, and Counselor for Social Policy. At Georgetown, he served as the Joseph P. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics in the School of Foreign Service and at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. In 1984, he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. He is the recipient of more than 25 honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Catholic Theological Society. Fr. Hehir also serves on the board of several organizations including the Arms Control Association and the Council for a Livable World.


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