Former papal representative to UN to address environmental issues

Former papal representative to UN to address environmental issues
September 16, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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A champion of the environment, peace and disarmament, Sr. Marjorie Keenan, R.S.H.M. will present two lectures at Benedictine University as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought program sponsored by the Department of Theology and the College of Liberal Arts. Keenan will present “Care for Creation: A Sacred Trust” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29 in the Krasa Presentation Room, and “From Belief to Action” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in Scholl Hall Room 101. Keenan, a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College and a doctorate from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She has worked on various church councils and served as Secretary General of the World Council on Religion and Peace in the United States from 1978 to 1986. Kennan also served as a senior staff member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, concentrating on the questions of disarmament and the environment. She represented the Holy See at the United Nations from 1981-1988 on the disarmament issue and continues to represent the papacy at many international conferences. The “Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought” series features distinguished scholars who work within the Catholic intellectual tradition. The lectures are free and open to the public.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.