US University Conference to Honour Pope Francis

St Ambrose University is convening a Spring 2023 conference and celebration to honor 10 years of the papacy of Pope Francis. March 16 – 18, 2023, Davenport, IA


This international conference will examine this remarkably humble servant of God, whose commitment to openness, visibility, and meeting the faithful across the world has transformed the Vatican and, in many ways, reenergized the Catholic Church and beyond. 

Our internationally renowned keynote speakers will present on topics such as the environment, economics and justice, a church on the margins, Francis and world religions, and evangelization and inclusion.
Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Dr. Anthony Annett, Senior Advisor at the Sustainability Development Solutions Network.
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, full professor in the Dept of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.
Thomas Higgins, founding CEO (2003-2008) and chairman of the board of Prosetta Biosciences.
Dr. Austen Ivereigh, a British writer and journalist known for his two biographies on Pope Francis.
Kerry Alys Robinson, Executive Director for Global and National Initiatives at the Leadership Roundtable and Executive Director of the Opus Prize Foundation.
Dr. Phyllis Zagano, internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women’s issues in the church.

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About St. Ambrose University
Founded in 1882 by the Diocese of Davenport, St. Ambrose University’s commitment to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service is rooted in its Catholic Intellectual Tradition. The leading, private university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers more than 60 undergraduate majors, 11 master’s degrees and three doctoral programs. 130 years since its inception, St. Ambrose education remains centered on intentional, holistic and experiential learning to develop high-impact, world-shapers in every field.
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