Press release submitted by St. Ambrose University|
St. Ambrose University awards honorary degree to advocate for Catholic social action
DAVENPORT, Iowa—Joan Rosenhauer will deliver the 2011 St. Ambrose University spring commencement address Saturday, May 14. Rosenhauer will receive an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the iwireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill.
"In her key role at Catholic Relief Services, Joan Rosenhauer speaks for the poor and disenfranchised of our world," says Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose University. "Her life is a testimony to Catholic social teachings and I am certain her address to our graduates will inspire them to consider how their lives might reflect these values."
Rosenhauer was appointed executive vice president for U.S. Operations at Catholic Relief Services in April 2009. She is responsible for educating and mobilizing Catholics in the United States to support CRS initiatives worldwide. Rosenhauer oversees six regional offices and works with dioceses, parishes, colleges and universities, and other Catholic organizations.
Prior to joining CRS, Rosenhauer spent 16 years with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she served in various roles in the Departments of Justice, Peace and Human Development, and Social Development and World Peace, and as special projects coordinator.
During her tenure at USCCB, Rosenhauer assumed lead staff responsibility for the development of "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," a guide for morally responsible political participation based on Catholic social teachings. Since it was published in 2007, more than two million copies have been sold.
Rosenhauer, who earned a master's in public policy management from the University of Maryland, College Park, also worked for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In 2009 she received the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors for her contributions to Catholic social action efforts.
For more information go to www.sau.edu/graduation.
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