Let us not forget that ‘responsible citizenship’ is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation”
– Pope Francis

Please join us for the 16th annual Romero Lecture
Friday, March 18th

Program begins with awards at 6:30pm.
Keynote lecture to follow at 7:00pm

Rutgers University—Camden
Campus Center Multi-Purpose Room

Presented by:

The Joseph Fund

About this year’s Lecture and Keynote

The 2016 election season is in full swing. Candidates from all sides of the political spectrum are vying for our vote through all sorts of messages regarding hope for the future and making America great. We have the privilege to vote for our nation’s leaders. Having that privilege comes with its own responsibilities. The Catholic Church takes this responsibility deeply and asks that we consider our participation in the political arena as a moral obligation. Political participation is “moral” because it affects policies and practices in our country that touch all aspects of life, such as: the right to life, the making of war, or the dignity of human people. Political participation is an obligation because, as social beings, all people have the responsibility to participate fully in the social mechanisms that would affect the lives of ourselves and our brothers and sisters in great need.

Bill Byron Fr. William Byron, SJ served as the President of the University of Scranton from 1975 to 1982 and the President of Catholic University of America from 1982 to 1992. He is now a Professor of Business and Society at Saint Joseph University in Philadelphia. He is the author of more than 10 books including : Take Courage: Psalms of Support and Encouragement; Answers from Within: Spiritual Guidelines for Managing Setbacks in Work and Life; and most recently The Power of Principles: Ethics for the new Corporate Culture.


Blessed Romero Sponsors

Diocese of Camden

History of the Romero Lecture Series

The Romero Lecture provides an opportunity to raise awareness and to approach current realities from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching, and support Romero Center Ministries.

Now in its 16th year, the event has included keynotes by: Msgr. Bob McDermott, John P. Hogan, Ph.D., Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Sr. Helen Prejean, Diana Hayes, Ph.D., Rev. Daniel Groody, Anthony Campolo, Ph.D., Rev. Bryan Massingale, Carolyn Forché, Ph.D, Stephen Schneck, Ph.D, Jack Jezreel. Dr. Marianne Cusimano-Love, and Dr. Maureen O’Connell.

The annual Romero Lectures are collected in two small volumes called “Romero’s Legacy: The Call to Peace and Justice.” Copies will be available for purchase on March 18th.