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Leader of Catholic lobbying effort to speak at Niagara University

by jmaloni
Wed, Apr 4th 2012 12:00 pm

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, will deliver an address titled "Getting Engaged: Faith and the Political Process in America" at Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum on Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Campbell's speech is part of the Henry and Grace McNulty Lecture Series on Religion in the Modern World, presented annually at NU to address issues related to social justice and interreligious dialogue. The series was established by the late Rev. Thomas P. McGourty, C.M., a professor of religious studies at NU, in memory of his late aunt and uncle.

Since 2004, Campbell has served as executive director of NETWORK, a Catholic group that lobbies for federal policies and legislation that promote economic and social justice. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, D.C., she lobbies on issues of peace building and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Prior to coming to NETWORK, Campbell was executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization that works like NETWORK to protect the interests of people who are poor. Before JERICHO, Campbell served as the general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service. She was the leader of her sisters in the U.S., Mexico, Taiwan and the Philippines. In this capacity, she negotiated with government and religious leaders in each of these countries.

For more information on Campbell's lecture, contact Niagara University's department of religious studies at 716-286-8460 or [email protected].

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