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Rev. Hugh Crean Annual Distinguished Lecture


April 24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Elms College, Veritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013 United States
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Catholic Women in the United States: Values and Vision

Elms College will hold the inaugural Rev. Hugh Crean Annual Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Veritas Auditorium. A reception will follow.

This year’s featured speaker will be Sr. Mary Johnson, SNDdeN, Ph.D., a native of Sacred Heart parish in Springfield, MA. Her talk will be titled “Catholic Women in the United States: Values and Vision.” She is a distinguished professor of sociology and religious studies at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emmanuel College.

She has co-authored three books, Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice; New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity; and Migration for Mission: International Catholic Sisters in the United States.

This free lecture series honors the legacy of Fr. Crean, who passed away in 2015. He was a pastor, professor, theologian and advisor who devoted his life to the pastoral care and education of thousands of Catholics in the Diocese of Springfield. He taught theology at Elms from 1973 to 1979.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

For more information, contact Trudy Laramee at or 413-265-2448.