Welcome from Joseph M. McShane - President of Fordham University

June 2019


Dearest Sisters and Brothers,


            It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2019 World Congress of Catholic Education, and to Fordham University, the Jesuit University of New York. It is both humbling and hope inspiring to host the roughly 1,000 delegates to this Congress, representing as you do more than 200,000 Catholic schools, and millions of students and educators in communion with wisdom and learning.


            I cannot overestimate the importance of a Catholic education, and your work in bringing that gift to the widest audience possible. The schools and educators you represent do holy work every day, and in that work, they transform the lives of young people around the globe. Those young people in turn change the world.


            The students you represent, educated with compassion, rigor, a strong moral compass, and a desire to do God’s will, bring light where there is darkness, justice where is inequity, and comfort where there is suffering. They are taught by dedicated and tireless educators – nurtured and counseled and loved – and I say without hyperbole that they are the hope our divided and angry world needs.


            Therefore, on behalf of the Fordham family, I enjoin you to treat our campus as your home while you are here, and enjoy the many experiences that New York City has to offer. We are delighted to have you with us, and I personally look forward to meeting as many of you as I can while you are here.



            Joseph M. McShane, S.J.

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