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Kerry A. Robinson, Catholic Philanthropy and Excellence Expert, to Speak at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Commencement May 22

Tuesday, Apr. 6, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 6, 2010—Kerry A. Robinson, director of an influential group of executives promoting excellence in the Catholic Church, will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST), May 22. 

As executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Robinson joins nearly 200 executives from business, academia, philanthropy, government, and the Church to promote excellence and best practices in the management, finances, and human-resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S.

She will speak to family and friends of three dozen JST graduates receiving advanced degrees from JST Saturday, May 22 at 3 p.m. in the school’s Gesù Chapel, 1735 LeRoy Ave., Berkeley, Calif.

“I am honored and humbled by this invitation,” said Robinson, who is also an expert in Catholic philanthropy. “JST graduates are the future spiritual and administrative leaders of the Catholic Church worldwide, and I look forward to sharing this momentous day with them.”

Robinson, a former development director for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, has been an active leader in Catholic and Jesuit groups for 30 years. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development, and the Catholic Church.

Kevin Burke, S.J., executive dean of JST, describes Robinson as a committed Catholic lay woman who “has discovered a range of creative and powerful avenues to help the Church fulfill its mission.”

“She complements her service within institutions dedicated to human development with an ethical commitment to standards of excellent to be exercised by those same institutions,” said Burke. “We are thrilled to have her speak to our graduates and their families and friends out of her experiences in ministry and the joy that flows from such service.”

Robinson is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities in Wilmington, Delaware, and a member of the Board of Directors of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA). She is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities, now in its 6th edition.

She has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Education for Parish Service Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the Gregorian University Foundation in New York; the National Catholic AIDS Network in San Francisco; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate in Washington, D.C.; the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; and the National Pastoral Life Center in New York.

Since 1995 Robinson has served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Currently she serves on the advisory board of Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries and is a member of the board of Jesuit Volunteer Corps and America Magazine.

She received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1988, and an MAR. with an ethics concentration from Yale Divinity School in 1994. She has studied at Trinity College in Dublin and L’Institute Catholique in Paris, and is the recipient of the 2009 Sapientia et Doctrina Award from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University.

Robinson and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, professor of medicine and director of the World Fellows Program at Yale University, live in New Haven, Conn. and have two children, Christopher and Sophia.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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