2007
Noted theologian to address National Day of Prayer breakfast at Benedictine

Noted theologian to address National Day of Prayer breakfast at Benedictine
March 23, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Renowned theologian Rev. Dr. Martin E. Marty, called “the most influential interpreter of religion in the country” by Time magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the National Day of Prayer Breakfast from 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 in the Benedictine University Krasa Center Dining Room. Rev. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the foremost analysts of religion in America, Rev. Marty is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is the author of several books including “Righteous Empire,” “Pilgrims in their Own Land,” “Modern American Religion,” and “A Cry of Absence.” The National Day of Prayer was created by an act of Congress and is intended for all peoples of faith to pray to the God of their understanding. It was established in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May. Tickets for the breakfast are $25. Tables of eight are available. For more information about the breakfast, contact Lindsay Kasha at (630) 829-6008 or by e-mail at lkasha@ben.edu. For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit their web site at www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

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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.