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Bishop’s colleague to speak at Newman

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The next speaker featured in Bishop David J. Malloy’s Year of Faith Lecture Series is his former colleague from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Nancy E. Wisdo.

Wisdo will speak Thursday on “The Church in the Modern World: the Promise and the Reality of Gaudium et Spes” at the Newman Catholic Student Center at Christ the Teacher Parish, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb. The evening will begin with prayer led by Malloy at 6:30 p.m. Wisdo’s talk will begin at 7 p.m., followed by questions and refreshments.

The lecture is free and open to the public, however, in keeping with the Year of Faith call to charity, donations of cleaning and laundry products for Catholic Charities families will be accepted as admission for those attending.

Wisdo served as the associate general secretary of the USCCB from 2006 to 2011. She was named to that position while Malloy was the general secretary. Prior to that appointment, Wisdo was the director of the Office of Domestic Social Development at the USCCB.

Wisdo, a native of Pennsylvania, has a long and distinguished career in the service of the church. She held several positions for the Diocese of Harrisburg prior to joining the staff of the Bishops’ Conference in 1985 as outreach coordinator in the Department of Social Development and World Peace. She has directed the Office of Domestic Social Development since 1991.

Wisdo holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bloomsburg State University in Pennsylvania, from which she graduated cum laude. She pursued graduate studies in community psychology at Pennsylvania State University, and is a candidate for a Licentiate in Canon Law at the Catholic University of America.

Wisdo was a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace from 1996 to 2001.

Wisdo and all of the speakers in the Year of Faith Lecture Series were personally selected and invited by Bishop Malloy, who also serves as host for each lecture.

Each lecture also will be available for viewing on the Rockford Diocese’s website at www.rockforddiocese.org.

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