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Steve Virgadamo Selected to Launch the Entrepreneurial Leadership Series at New York’s Fordham University

This is a press release, and can be found at  PR.com

New York, NY, October 14, 2016 –(PR.com)– Fordham University – the Jesuit University of New York – selected Steve Virgadamo to launch the 2016-2017 Entrepreneurial Leadership Series. The invitation only Leadership Series sponsored by Fordham University will focus on Leading through Crisis. Dr. Gerald Cattaro, Director of the Fordham Center for School leadership said: “It is always easy to find spirituality during times of joy, but leaders are called to seek grace and strength during times of crisis and sorrow as well.”

Steven Virgadamo a long time advocate of school choice is an expert in managing and leading schools, colleges and universities through dynamic planning processes. On November 4, 2016, Virgadamo will be at the Fordham Lincoln Center Campus to speak with hundreds of Board Members as well as the Chief Executive Officers and the Chief Operation Officers representing hundreds of schools from throughout the United States. Virgadamo said his talk entitled Planning to Avert Crisis is designed to not only provide practical tools but to inspire hope and feed the spirit of passionate leaders committed to educational reform.

Mr. Virgadamo will bring insight to the Fordham Entrepreneurial Series as he was one of the VIP delegates from the United States invited by the Vatican Congregation to participate in the World Congress on Catholic Education in 2015. For more than 30 years, has worked directly with thousands of Catholic schools both within the continental United States and abroad. In 2012, the Alliance for Catholic Education Program at the University of Notre Dame tapped him to consult with Bishops and Catholic School Superintendents throughout the United States to initiate overall school improvement plans. In 2014, he was invited to return to his New York City roots where he is currently contributing to the architectural re-engineering of the Catholic School System in the Archdiocese of New York.

Rev. Bechina to Give Vatican Lecture at University of Notre Dame

Reverend Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O. is the undersecretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education. It has had many names and forms in the past, with the “Congregatio pro universitate studii romani” being founded in 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. In it’s current form, The Congregation for Catholic Education is the Pontifical congregation of the Roman Curia responsible for: universities, faculties, institutes and higher schools of study, either ecclesial or non-ecclesiastical dependent on ecclesial persons; and schools and educational institutes depending on ecclesiastical authorities.

Rev. Bechina will being giving the 2016 Keeley Vatican Lecture titled “The Holy See’s Higher Education Policy from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis” at the University of Notre Dame on April 6th. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, president of the University will begin by introducing him. “I have been working for the Congregation for Catholic Education for more than 12 years. Next to the daily work in the office, I have gotten to know the world of higher education and universities through a hundred “business trips” and many contacts. Now I am jointly responsible for the management and the organization of the internal work and the contacts with more than 2500 Catholic institutions of higher education.” Said Rev. Bechina.

Friedrich Bechina is a native of Vienna in Austria. He has served as an officer in the Austrian army, and studied economics, philosophy, and theology first in Vienna, following that with an education at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, where he earned a doctorate in 1997 for his doctoral thesis “The Church as the Family of God.”, for which had received much acclaim and awards. He also received the sacrament of ordination in the same year. He served in the Austrian Archdiocese of Feldkirch for many years before being appointed to the Congregation for Catholic Education and was then later appointed undersecretary. He is a former elected member of the Bologna Process Follow Up Group (BFUG, 2008/2009) and is currently elected member of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR) at the Council of Europe.

The University of Notre Dame has said that he will not be the only visitor, but will also give the community and the school the opportunity to interact with other distinguished representatives from the Holy See and from significant dioceses in Europe. They are clearly thrilled to have his involvement and visit to the Notre Dame campus.

To get an idea for his speaking, you can view Father Bechina interviewed by students for the campus news program at Cabrini College about human trafficking: