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April 23, 2003


CUA to Host Symposium on Heritage of the Rev. Paul H. Furfey

Event Organized Jointly by CUA and Italy’s Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


CUA is hosting an international symposium on the intellectual heritage of the late Rev. Paul H. Furfey, a well-known Catholic social activist and 41-year veteran professor and alumnus of the university who served as head of the Department of Sociology from 1934 to 1963. 


“The Intellectual and Moral Heritage of the Rev. Paul Hanly Furfey: An International Symposium on His Life, Work and Mission,” will be held April 24-25 in the Life Cycle Auditorium. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and is open to the public.


The event has been organized jointly by CUA and the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, located in Milan, Italy. CUA faculty including Sandra Hanson, the Rev. Ray Potvin, John Kromkowski, the Rev. Paul Sullins, Lawrence Poos, William d’Antonio and Bronislaw Misztal will speak along with several professors from the UCSC.


Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of CUA, will attend the opening of the symposium from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 24. Cardinal McCarrick studied with Father Furfey when the sociologist priest was serving as head of the department.


“Today [Furfey’s] ideas are surprisingly fresh, innovative and at times brilliant,” said Professor Bronislaw Misztal, who co-organized the symposium. “The sociology department of The Catholic University of America stands as a proud heir of Furfey’s project of good society, of his model of critical sociology that is not only politically astute, but also morally engaged in the problems of the contemporary world.”


Father Furfey received the papal medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1958 in recognition of his teaching, research and writing. He retired from CUA in 1966 and became professor emeritus. He died June 8, 1992, in Washington, D.C.


For more information about the symposium, contact the Department of Sociology at 202-319-5445.







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