Celebrating our Catholic Sisters


The 2010 Fall Lecture Series on Ethics, Leadership, and Community at Alvernia University opened on Thursday, September 16 with a special Founders Day lecture, given by Sister Patricia Byrne, CSJ in the newly renovated Francis Hall Theater.

Entitled “Catholic Sisters and Higher Education in America,” Sister Byrne’s lecture focused on the involvement of the Catholic sisters in American post-secondary institutions. Sister Byrne explored the roots of some of America’s Catholic colleges and universities, such as Alvernia, and their struggle to survive amongst a myriad of non-secular schools.

Byrne, a Sister of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, is a respected instructor, theologian and academic. She has earned degrees from St. Louis University, Boston College, and the Gregorian University of Rome, as well as having been named a doctoral fellow at Notre Dame University. She has also taught for twenty years in the Department of Religion at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Abbey of Regina Laudis.

A question and answer period with Sister Byrne was offered after the lecture, as well as a wine and cheese reception in the Francis Hall lobby.
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