For Immediate Release May 07, 2011

Contact: Roger Conner (703) 236-6218 (301) 252-7912

Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree
Shares Importance of Poverty Reduction as Commencement Speaker at St. Francis University of Loretto, Pa.
Alexandria, Va. - Rev. Larry Snyder, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA — one of the nation's leading human services and disaster response organizations — received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree and served as undergraduate Commencement Speaker as part of ceremonies at St. Francis University of Loretto, Pa. on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8. "I am deeply touched and honored to both serve as commencement speaker and be recognized by St. Francis University — one of the nation's oldest and most respected Catholic institutions," Fr. Snyder said. "I welcome the opportunity to share with the graduates the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching and our work to reduce poverty in America." Rev. Snyder earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill. He also holds a master's degree in divinity from the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a master of public administration degree from Hamline University in St. Paul. He also is President of Caritas North America and a member of the White House Faith-based and Neighborhood Council. About Catholic Charities USA Catholic Charities USA is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing.

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