Author and Philanthropist Chris Lowney to Deliver Lecture “Heroic Leadership: How We Can Live it in 21st Century Pennsylvania”

Release Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

 Chris Lowney, M.A., a popular scholar, philanthropist and author, will lecture on “Heroic leadership: How We Can Live it in 21st Century Pennsylvania” on Wednesday, September 24, at 7 p.m. Mr. Lowney has spoken several times at the Chestnut Hill campus, and his book, "Heroic Leadership: Best Practices From a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World," was chosen as the featured reading for this years incoming freshman class. The lecture will be held in Gruber Theater, Logue Library on the College’s campus.
Lowney’s lecture will focus on the main principles of his book, a study of the leadership practices of the Jesuits, the religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola. His talk will describe how the the Jesuits favored a more holistic approach focusing on four unique values: self-awareness, ingenuity, love and heroism. He will examine how the Jesuit success formula of attacking real-world opportunities with real-world leadership strategies can be applied to 21st century life in Pennsylvania.

Lowney served as a Jesuit seminarian for seven years, teaching and studying Jesuit practices at institutions in the United States and Puerto Rico. He later went on to become a managing director at J.P. Morgan and Company while still in his early thirties, and also held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London.

He currently serves part time as special assistant to the President of the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), the leading Catholic charity in the United States providing health care programs and services to people in need around the world. Lowney is also the founder of Pilgrimage for our Children’s Future, a non-profit that funds education and healthcare initiatives for poor and impoverished children around the world. His second novel, "A Vanished World," an examination of Jewish-Muslim-Christian relations in medieval Spain, received praise from Publisher’s Weekly as "bold and compassionate articulation of medieval Spanish history, and with its complex interactions among Jews, Muslims and Christians, speaks directly to contemporary international crises...This engrossing and illuminating book deserves the attention of a wide public."

The lecture is free and open to the public, with donations welcome. Copies of “Heroic Leadership: Best Practices From a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World," will be available for purchase at the lecture. For more information, please contact Cecelia Cavanaugh, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7148 or e-mail