Merrimack, NH – On May 17, 2014, Dr. Jonathan Reyes will speak at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremony. Dr. Reyes is the Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development¾the largest department in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the chief arm for promoting the social teaching of the Catholic Church in America. Prior to his current position, Dr. Reyes served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado (2009-2012).
Dr. Reyes’ experience in academia is extensive. After receiving an M.A. at the University of Michigan, Reyes earned his Ph. D. at the University of Notre Dame. He subsequently taught at the University of Notre Dame and at Christendom College and worked as Vice President for the Campus Ministry and Leadership Formation for FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He also founded and served as President of the Augustine Institute, a graduate school in Denver, Colorado from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. Reyes expressed his admiration for the work of Thomas More College in fighting the cacophony of the modern world. He stated, “Thomas More College students learn that words can still be beautiful, and as such, quite powerful in the service of the Truth.”
He went on to state, “I can think of no better preparation for confronting the challenges of our current political and social climate than the curriculum of Thomas More College.”
Dr. Reyes joins a distinguished group of individuals who have spoken at Thomas More College including Cardinal Francis Arinze, Cardinal Raymond Burke, Dr. Anthony Esolen, Joseph Pearce, and Fr. James Schall. The College will award Dr. Reyes with an Honorary Ph.D. in Humanities for his tireless efforts in defending Catholic education and building institutions for cultural renewal.