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John Dilulio, Jr., Ph.D. to Speak on Feb. 27 at St. Anthony’s H.S.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – January 15, 2010 – The first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives will be the keynote speaker at “People of Faith in the Public Square: Taking an Active Role in Shaping Public Policy in the 21st Century,” a convocation to be held at St. Anthony’s High School, South Huntington, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

John Dilulio, Jr., Ph.D.The keynoter, John J. DiIulio, Jr., Ph.D., presently the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, was appointed by former President George Bush as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in January 2002. Dr. DiIulio is an author, co-author, and editor of over a dozen books and several hundred articles. His most recent publications include Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future (University of California Press, 2007), and American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson; Houghton Mifflin and Company, 2012, 12th edition).

The convocation is sponsored by the by the Respect Life Office, Catholic Charities, the Department of Education,  the Office for Faith Formation, and Public Policy Advisory Council of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. It will include a Panel on Current Public Policy Issues in New York State and conclude with Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend John C. Dunne at 5 p.m. Arrival and registration will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the program will conclude by 6 p.m.

The convocation is open to the public and there is no admission fee, but those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to register beforehand which can be done by calling the Office of the Public Policy Adviser, 516-379-8292, ext. 215. (People planning to attend the Forum Day in Albany on March 9 to lobby on behalf of the New York State Catholic Conference’s legislative agenda are asked to attend the convocation in preparation for participating in the Forum Day.)

Dr. DiIulio’s non-academic activities have included developing programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children.  A capsule biography of Dr. DiIulio is attached.

Dr. Dilulio’s Biographical Information

John J. DiIulio, Jr. is the Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs Penn's Fox Leadership Program for undergraduates, and also its religion research program. He grew up in Philadelphia and was the first member of his family to attend college. He majored in Economics at Penn and received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. After teaching at Harvard, he spent thirteen years at Princeton University as a professor of politics and public policy. Over the last quarter-century, he has won several major academic and teaching awards, and chaired his academic association's standing committee on professional ethics.

Outside academic life, he has developed programs to mentor the children of prisoners, provide literacy training in low-income communities, reduce homicides in high-crime police districts, and support inner-city Catholic schools that serve low-income children. He has been a research center director at the Brookings Institution, the Manhattan Institute, and Public/Private Ventures. During his academic leave in 2001-2002, he served as first director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

He is the author, co-author, and editor of over a dozen books and several hundred articles. His most recent publications include Godly Republic: A Centrist Blueprint for America's Faith-Based Future (University of California Press, 2007), and American Government: Institutions and Policies (with James Q. Wilson; Houghton Mifflin and Company, 2012, 12th edition).

 

About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charitiesassisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).


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