Archbishop Charles J. Chaput will present “Magna Carta at 800: Why it still Matters, Here and Now” on Friday, 23 January at noon in the Varsity Theatre.
Chaput has served as the archbishop of Philadelphia since 2011, having previously served in the same capacity in Denver (1997) and Rapid City (1988).
As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Chaput was the first Native American to be ordained an archbishop and only the second to be a bishop in the United States.
He joined the Capuchin Franciscan order in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1970 and has served in various teaching, parish, and provincial leadership roles for his Capuchin community.
His publications include an e-book, A Heart on Fire (2012), Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life (2008), Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics (2001), and numerous articles and public talks. Random House is scheduled to publish a forthcoming third book in 2016.
He served as a commissioner with the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2003–06), where his duties included religious freedom fact-finding missions to China and Turkey and annual reports monitoring global trends in religious liberty mandated by 1998 federal law.
In 2005, Chaput was named a member of the official U.S. delegation to Cordoba, Spain, for an international Conference on Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Intolerance, sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
At the national level, both the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance for Defending Freedom have honored his work in advancing religious freedom.
Born in Kansas, Chaput received a BA in philosophy from St. Fidelis College & Seminary in Pennsylvania (1967) and master’s degrees in religious education from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. (1970) and in theology from the University of San Francisco (1971).
Sponsored by the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, Religious Education, and the International Vice President’s office.