Catholic Relief Services executive to speak at St. Ambrose commencement


DAVENPORT — Joan Rosenhauer, executive vice president of U.S. operations for Catholic Relief Services, will deliver the 2011 St. Ambrose University spring commencement address May 14. She also will receive an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the i Wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill.

“In her key role at Catholic Relief Services, Joan Rosenhauer speaks for the poor and disenfranchised of our world,” says Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, president of St. Ambrose University. “Her life is a testimony to Catholic social teachings and I am certain her address to our graduates will inspire them to consider how their lives might reflect these values.”

Rosenhauer was appointed to her CRS post in April 2009. She is responsible for educating and mobilizing Catholics in the United States to support CRS initiatives worldwide. She oversees six regional offices and works with dioceses, parishes, colleges and universities and other Catholic organizations.

Before joining CRS, Rosenhauer spent 16 years with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) where she served in the departments of Justice, Peace and Human Development, and Social Development and World Peace, and as special projects coordinator.


During her tenure at USCCB, Rosenhauer assumed lead staff responsibility for the development of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” a guide for morally responsible political participation based on Catholic social teaching. Since it was published in 2007, more than 2 million copies have been sold.

Rosenhauer, who earned a master’s degree in public policy management from the University of Maryland, College Park, also worked for the Archdiocese of Washington and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In 2009 she received the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors for her contributions to Catholic social action efforts.

During the spring commencement, more than 670 degrees from bachelor’s and master’s to doctoral will be conferred.

Commencement events

The following commencement events for Davenport’s St. Ambrose University are scheduled:

Friday, May 13, 5:30 p.m., Master’s Degree hooding ceremonies. College of Business will be in Christ the King Chapel, located on the St. Ambrose campus; College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Health Sciences joint ceremony at Galvin Fine Arts Center on campus.

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m., reception for Master’s Degree recipients in the Rogalski Center Ballroom

Friday, May 13, 8 p.m. nursing pinning ceremony in Galvin Fine Arts.

Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m., commencement Mass in the Galvin Fine Arts Center. All graduates, families and friends are welcome, regardless of faith.

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., brunch in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.  Cost is $7.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 6–12; children age 5 and under will be admitted for free. Advance ticket purchase required. All graduates, families and friends are welcome. Tickets may be purchased online using a credit card or electronic check, by going to

Saturday, May 14, 1 p.m., commencement at the i Wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, Ill. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact the Services for Students with Disabilities office at (563) 333-6275.

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