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Explore the Genius of Catholic Higher Education
on March 16

Michael Galligan-Stierle
Michael Galligan-Stierle

Edward Miller
Edward Miller

Rev. Richard Boever
Rev. Richard Boever

Experts on three legendary figures in the history of Catholic education will speak at Neumann University at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. The panel discussion, entitled The Genius of Catholic Higher Education: The Legacies of Pope John Paul II, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and Saint John Neumann, is scheduled for the Meagher Theatre as part of the University’s 46th Charter Day celebration.


Moderated by CBS 3 Anchor Pat Ciarrocchi, the discussion features Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D., president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, who will speak on Pope John Paul II and Ex Corde Ecclesiae; Edward Miller, Ph.D., STD, a Cardinal Newman scholar and author, currently a professor of theology at Gwynedd Mercy College; and Rev. Richard Boever, Ph.D., author of the recently published book, St John Neumann, His Life and Spirituality.


From 2000-2006, Galligan-Stierle served as the assistant secretary for Catholic higher education and campus ministry at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. During the past 40 years, he has been employed as a Catholic campus minister, university professor, internship supervisor, and student affairs professional. His 1996 book, The Gospel on Campus: A Handbook of Campus Ministry Programs and Resources, is viewed as a standard for Catholic campus ministry in the U.S.


Miller received the University of Louvain's doctor of sacred theology degree in 1982, working under the renowned Newman scholar, Jan Hendrik Walgrave.  He has taught at Ohio Dominican University and Emory University, where he was chair of the Ph.D. program in systematic theology.  His publications include Newman on the Idea of the Church and "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition" in Understanding Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges. He is on the board of directors of the Newman Association of America.

Since 1974 Father Boever, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, has served as parish priest and pastor in St. Louis and Chicago; taught theology at Newman University and St. Louis University; served as university chaplain; and been director of Redemptorist formation for the pre-novitiate program.  He has held various positions at Liguori Publications, including president and publisher, and that of retreat director at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.



Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, president of Neumann University, believes that the timing is very appropriate for a program that focuses on the contributions of these three leaders
to Catholic higher education. “In close proximity to our Charter Day program, the Church celebrated the twentieth anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the beatification of Cardinal Newman, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Neumann. Our
program will recognize the brilliance of all three scholars and discuss their lasting legacies,” she explains.


The University’s Charter Day celebration will begin with noon liturgy in Our Lady of Angels Convent, celebrated by Bishop Michael Fitzgerald, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secretary for Catholic education. A reception will follow the Mass and lead to the Dr. Dorothy A.P. Leunissen Presidential Lecture, which this year takes the form of a panel discussion.


The program is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat for the 2 p.m. panel discussion, call 610-558-5501.



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