Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 - Tampa Businessmen Redefine Helping Homeless

The School of Business and Economics' founding dean, Dr. Andrew Abela, had the pleasure of meeting a Tampa-based businessman earlier this year who is helping to feed the homeless. However, the approach is unlike most efforts to feed the hungry. 

Founded in October 2001 by four businessmen with a common concern for the homeless, Trinity Cafe has provided the Tampa community with approximately 280 meals each day for the past fourteen years. However, Trinity Cafe provides more than just meals. They show respect, kindness and compassion to those dining in their cafe by setting tables with cloths, china and silverware, and seating guests by a hostess. Volunteer table hosts sit at each table offering conversation, encouragement and support to the diners. They believe this restores a sense of dignity to many people who have lost hope due to their circumstances. 

The cafe provides food from a trained Executive Chef who prepares meals you would find in most five star restaurants, and he recently served his 1 millionth meal. The 1 millionth diner was John, a military veteran, ex-cop who was disabled from a motorcycle accident. After the accident, John said, “If not for my wife; I’d be dead. She was told by doctor’s I’d never recover and she refused to believe that; she wouldn’t let them disconnect me from machines.” Little by little John began to recover. He spent more than a year in the hospital and a rehab facility regaining brain function and learning to walk again. Soon after he was released and back home, his wife died suddenly. John was devastated, losing his support system. He got behind on bills and was soon living without electricity. John came to Trinity Cafe for a hot meal and goes to the VA for medical help. 
“I have a new chance in life and I’m working to get back on my feet again,” John says, “I really appreciate the food and kindness here at Trinity Cafe.”
To learn more about the Trinity Cafe business model, visit their website here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 - Dean Engelland on EWTN Live

Dr. Brian Engelland, Interim Dean for the School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa on EWTN Live last Thursday evening. They began by discussing Rerum Novarum and the necessity of virtue within business and economics.

Please see the full interview below, beginning at minute 3:40, or visit the EWTN website here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August 12, 2015 - Dean Engelland Interviewed By CatholicVote

This summer, following the announcement of Dean Andrew Abela becoming CUA's new Provost, Catholic Vote featured the School of Business and Economics in an article titled, "In Business for Good." The article is an interview with the new Interim Dean, Dr. Brian Engelland. Dr. Engelland shares the school's focus on virtue ethics and more.

"A big part of what we do is centered on the concept of virtue. While every business school teaches business ethics (and business ethics is about knowing the difference between right and wrong), the problem is – that’s not what the students really need.  When people go to jail for some white collar crime it’s usually not because they didn’t know what they were doing was wrong; rather, it’s because they had not developed the routine habit of making good decisions."

Read the full article here.

Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015 - Co-Editor of 'A Catechism for Business' Addresses Legatus

Dr. Joseph Capizzi, professor of Moral Theology at The Catholic University of America, spoke last month to members of the Legatus, an organization which was formed to help CEO's and business leaders study, live and spread the Catholic faith in their business, professional, and personal lives. Along with the founding Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Dr. Andrew Abela, Dr. Capizzi co-edited the book A Catechism for Business, which he presented in his talk.

Chaplain, Fr. Bill Byrne, celebrating Mass for those who
attended the Legatus event. 
Dr. Capizzi's meeting with Legatus took place the week following Pope Francis’ publication of Laudato Si, which he included in his talk by discussing the history of Catholic Social Doctrine.

Dr. Capizzi presented a relevant progression of ideas leading to framing Laudato Si as a characteristic reminder of the fundamental values of the Faith as related to a field of science not previously addressed.

The group also celebrated Mass together in the Immaculate Heart of Mary chapel within the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 - CUA Hosts annual 'Economy of Communion' meeting for North America

Over 50 participants gathered from all over the US and Canada to attend the annual meeting of the Economy of Communion (EoC) from July 17 - 19, which was hosted by The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C.

Prof. Andrew Abela, provost of CUA and founding dean of the School of Business and Economics, welcomed the participants. Prof. Andreas Widmer opened the meeting with a lively address on the parallels between God's creative nature and the the creative act of starting a business.

The varied audience of entrepreneurs, academics, students and business professionals engaged in three days of rich and intense dialogue around an economy based on a culture of communion. The program featured exchanges about business practices and experiences of EoC members, alongside interactive workshops.

The experience of the EoC over the past few years has revealed how poverty and wealth can be seen through a richer lens when lived from the perspective of communion. Meeting participants explored the many facets of need (not just material), and how wealth can turn into ‘super-abundance’ when shared as part of relationships grounded in reciprocity.

The question and answer sessions by Prof. Gallagher (Maryville College) and Prof. Buckeye (St. Thomas), authors of the recent book on the EoC in North America called “Structures of Grace”, as well as a presentation led by Prof. Cruz (CUA) on recent analysis of a social project supported by the EoC, provided examples of how the EoC can help generate true integral development of individuals and communities. These research contributions have helped to measure the impact of the EoC with new rigor, and more clearly articulate its activities and culture.

Experiences shared by EoC members and interactive sessions animated by Amy Uelmen (Georgetown University), Prof. Cloutier (Mount St Mary’s), Prof. Miguel Garcia-Cestona (Univ. Autonoma) and Claude Blanc (CHB Associates) highlighted the transformational role that each one of us can have in fostering a culture of communion in the workplace and in our communities, and how this often manifests itself in small everyday choices that we face.

The workshops were very hands-on and helped kick-start three new projects that were identified as priorities for the upcoming year:
  • Form a strong EoC network in North America.
  • Articulate the EoC principles in terms best suited for a North American audience. 
  • Identify the criteria for selecting a social development project in North America that the EoC can support, beyond current support of projects overseas.
Feedback from new and repeat participants point to a luminous discovery and re-discovery of the EoC, and of a renewed enthusiasm and commitment to the continued development of the EoC in North America.

For more information about the North American Association of the EoC and to register to the blog please visit the EoC Webpage.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2, 2015 - CUA on Wall Street

We are excited to say that CUA on Wall Street program continues to grow its network with the addition of new alumni and students in New York City. On June 24th, thirty-six CUA affiliates ranging from current or new graduates to experienced professionals gathered at Lincoln Square Steak on West 70th Street for a reception. This annual summer social was an opportunity to thank our alumni for their support and update them on the success of the program. 

Additionally, the evening was an occasion for current and past students to reconnect, many of whom met through the program and now work alongside one another in the finance industry. The level of attendance was a clear testament to the commitment of the members and value of the program.

Thank you to all of the alumni in attendance last week! We appreciate your efforts to stay in touch with your fellow colleagues, mentors and friends from the CUA on Wall Street.

To learn more about the CUA on Wall Street program, click here and be sure to join our group on LinkedIn.