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Author, Former Seminarian Chris Lowney to Deliver Keynote  

PACT to Host Conference about Leadership in Catholic Education

Chris Lowney, a former Jesuit seminarian and one-time managing director at J.P. Morgan Stanley, will deliver the keynote address and present two workshops on Christian leadership when The University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE) holds its annual conference at Providence College on July 13 and 14.

The conference will be hosted for the first time by the Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT). Based at PC, PACT is one of 15 programs in the UCCE and the third largest, after the ACE program at the University of Notre Dame and the PLACE Corps at Loyola Marymount University. 

Since its inception in 2001, PACT has helped more than 200 graduate students earn master’s degrees in education while gaining two years of teaching experience at Catholic diocesan schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A majority continue to teach in Catholic schools, according to the PACT director, Brother Patrick Carey, C.F.C., Ph.D.

Through the two-year program, graduate students earn a master of education degree and certification to teach in a secondary school. Those who already hold certification as secondary school teachers study for certification in special education, literacy, or school administration.

This summer, 39 PACT students are studying on campus while residing in community in Davis Hall, Brother Carey said. They include 18 second-year students and 21 first-year students.   

The theme of this year’s UCCE conference is “Spirituality for the Future Leaders of Catholic Education.” Ninety people are expected to attend, including 60 UCCE program directors, assistant directors, and representatives from across the country.

Lowney will speak at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13, in Moore Hall and will present two workshops, at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, in Slavin Center ’64 Hall.

He is the author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World (Loyola Press, 2005), about the Jesuits, and Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World (Loyola Press, 2009). 

Lowney also founded a non-profit, Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which aids impoverished children around the world, including in Kenya, Tanzania, the Philippines, Honduras, and Paraguay.

PACT will commission both its first- and second-year students for a year of service in the Catholic schools on Friday, July 27, at 6 p.m. with a Mass celebrated by College President Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80, followed by a dinner. Parents of first-year students, diocesan officials, and principals are invited to attend.

The 21 new students include four PC graduates. The others completed their undergraduate studies at Ave Maria University, Boston College, Bridgewater State University, The Catholic University of America, College of the Holy Cross, Gonzaga University, Nichols College, University of Notre Dame, Saint Anselm College, Salve Regina University, the University of Vermont, and Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Ind.

One student who completed the PACT program, Chris Muyo ’12G (Martinez, Calif.), has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach in Malaysia. 

— Vicki-Ann Downing


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