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Wednesday, October 8 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Unleashing Catholic Generosity

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Why are U.S. Catholics less likely to engage in religious giving than members of other faiths?  And what can we do about it?  Using social science to answer these crucial questions, this session will highlight why all Catholic charities need to be concerned about what is (or is not) occurring within our Catholic parishes, when it comes to cultivating generosity.

In a series of reports using nationally representative survey data, Brian Starks, along with his co-author Christian Smith, identified a Catholic giving gap in the U.S., linked this gap to parish cultures surrounding money, and suggested the need for parishes to be more participatory and focus on mission in order to spur greater Catholic generosity, both inside and outside of the Church.



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Sarah Hanley

Executive Director, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia
Sarah is the Executive Director of The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia (CFGP).  She leads CFGP’s Mission Advancement Services (MAS) development consulting division and is responsible for the Catholic Charities Appeal for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the St Charles... Read More →


Sr. Mary Elizabeth Galt, B.V.M.

Chancellor, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Sister Mary Elizabeth Galt, B.V.M., was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended St. Brendan Parish Elementary School. | | After graduating from St. Mary's Academy, she entered the Sisters of Charity, B.V.M., in Dubuque, Iowa.  Graduating from Mundelein College, Chicago, she... Read More →
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Sr. Kathleen Lunsman, IHM, CFRE

President, SOAR!
Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM, CFRE is responsible for all aspects of fundraising, including direct mail, donor events, planned giving, corporate giving and major donor solicitation.  As President of Support Our Aging Religious, she works with many congregations of religious men... Read More →

Mark Melia

Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving, Catholic Relief Services
As Executive Vice President, Charitable Giving, Mark Melia has primary executive responsibility to lead and organize agency efforts to promote charitable giving to the poor of the world through Catholic Relief Services. He is responsible for all charitable giving activities, which... Read More →
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Brian Starks, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology, Kennesaw State University
Brian Starks is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches sociology of religion and methods of research.  Previously, he directed the Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) at the University of Notre Dame.  CSPRI’s... Read More →

Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Salon D/E

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