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March 31, 2003


Covenant House President to Speak at CUA Commencement

Sister Mary Rose McGeady Will be Awarded Honorary Degree


Sister Mary Rose McGeady, the president and CEO of Covenant House, will deliver the address at the 114th Annual Commencement for The Catholic University of America.


Sister Mary Rose McGeady

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Avenue, N.E.


Sister McGeady, one of the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, took over the reins of Covenant House in 1990. The New York City-based charity has been providing shelter and assistance to homeless youth since 1969. It is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the United States, providing food, shelter, clothing and crisis care. Covenant House International, which annually helps about 60,000 youth, operates shelters in 15 U.S. cities and five countries, offering services such as health care, vocational training, drug treatment and prevention and transitional living programs.


Sister McGeady came to the agency from her position as associate executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. Her professional career in human services and caring for homeless and disturbed children and their families spans approximately 40 years.


CUA will award an honorary doctorate of humane letters to Sister McGeady during the commencement ceremony. She earned her bachelorís degree in sociology from Emmanuel College in Boston, Mass., and her masterís degree in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York City. Her professional career began at Bostonís Nazareth Child Care Center, where she worked with the homeless and with disturbed children and their families. She was later named provincial of the Northeast Province of the Daughters of Charity, overseeing nine hospitals, 17 schools and five child-care agencies in 11 states.





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