EPPC Flash: Celebrating George Weigel’s Silver Anniversary

June 5, 2014

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Celebrating George Weigel’s Silver Anniversary

This month marks EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel’s 25th anniversary with the Ethics and Public Policy Center. What a remarkable 25 years it has been!

“Over the past 25 years, George Weigel has provided the model of scholarship and impact that all the rest of us at EPPC strive to emulate in our own areas of work,” said EPPC President Ed Whelan. “He’s also been a great mentor to our tremendous corps of younger scholars.”

Mr. Weigel, who holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, is a leading voice in shaping the engagement of the Catholic Church with the pressing domestic and international challenges of our day.

It was especially fitting that Mr. Weigel, as NBC’s Vatican analyst, was in Rome this spring to take part in the celebration of the canonization of St. Pope John Paul II. Mr. Weigel is most widely known for Witness to Hope, his acclaimed international bestselling biography of John Paul II. He completed this biographical project with The End and the Beginning, which recounts the last years of John Paul II’s life and, based on newly available materials, more fully chronicles his decades-long struggle against communism.

No one has better explained John Paul II to the English-speaking world than Mr. Weigel. Or, indeed, to non-English speakers: Witness to Hope has been translated into twelve languages, and a Chinese edition is in progress.

Over the past 25 years, Mr. Weigel has written some twenty books, including two just last year: Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, charts the Catholic Church’s mission of evangelization that Pope Francis is proclaiming. Roman Pilgrimage takes readers on a spiritual journey to the Lenten “station churches” of Rome.

Among his prolific writings, Mr. Weigel’s syndicated column continues to be the most widely circulated Catholic press column in the country, and his essays for National Review Online and other outlets also reach a large readership.

Mr. Weigel remains tirelessly active on an extensive lecture circuit, both here and abroad. In a few weeks, he will return to Krakow to lead the 23rd annual Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, a program on Catholic social teaching for the best and brightest of young adults from central and eastern Europe and North America.

Please support EPPC now and help George Weigel and all of EPPC’s scholars as we work to advance public policies that are faithful to America’s ideals and to our Judeo-Christian moral tradition.


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