Archbishop Marchetto to Speak at College

Release Date: Thursday, January 22, 2009

 Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, will speak at Chestnut Hill College on Thursday, January 22, 2009. He will lecture on The Love of Christ towards Migrants at 12:30 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.

The Archbishop is visiting American Catholic Colleges and Universities to further knowledge of the 2004 instruction from the Pontifical Council titled The Love of Christ towards Migrants (Erga migrantes caritas Christi) within the United States. The instruction speaks directly and forthrightly about the Catholic community’s important role in offering hospitality to all, both domestic or international persons. University students are part of this cohort, although international students and migrants often face special challenges.

Archbishop Marchetto emphasizes the need for Catholic colleges and universities to be a place of welcome to all, especially to Muslims, Jews and those of other Christian faiths. His global approach encourages Catholic colleges and universities to help American students studying abroad to seek out opportunities of faith development in other countries.

Archbishop Marchetto received a doctorate in canon law, licentiate in sacred theology, and a diploma in pastoral theology at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Italy, and has served in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. He will publish a book this year from Scranton Press on the Second Vatican Council, and he has also written a book about hope based on his experiences as a cancer survivor.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Letts, SSJ, M.A., M.S. at 215.248.7177 or