Published Date: May 15, 2015
Just three weeks after Blessed John Paul II's April 27 canonization, the Polish Holy Father's biographer George Weigel will address graduates during UD's annual commencement ceremony for the undergraduate Constantin College of Liberal Arts, undergraduate College of Business, Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and School of Ministry on Sunday, May 18.
A Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), Weigel holds EPPC's William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed biographies of Blessed John Paul II, "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II" and "The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy."
"This is truly a unique opportunity for the UD community to hear from one of the foremost authorities on Blessed John Paul II," said President Thomas W. Keefe. "The University of Dallas is fortunate to have the longstanding and enthusiastic support of Mr. Weigel, both as a Catholic intellectual leader and as a parent of alumnae of the university."
"Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II" has been translated into 12 languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress, since its 1999 publication. Weigel is the author or editor of some 20 other books, including, most recently, "Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church" (Basic, 2013) and "Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches" (Basic, 2013). His essays, op-ed columns and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States.
Weigel earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore and a master's degree from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto. He is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law and social science.
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