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Character, Conscience and Courage presents Jim Towey, Legal Counsel and Personal Friend to Mother Teresa of Calcutta


29 Jan 12-12am

Please note, this event is only open to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff.

Mr. Towey served as director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 - 2006, and served as the 16th president of Saint Vincent College. He was a personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and has received many honors in his lifetime, including the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the "Fifty Most Influential Christians in America" award from Church World magazine, and the "Power and Influence Top Fifty" award from the Non-Profit Times magazine. Mr. Towey will be giving a riveting talk on character, conscience and courage.

After leaving public office in Florida and at the urging of Mother Teresa, Mr. Towey founded Aging with Dignity, a non-profit organization that helps families plan for and discuss end-of-life care. Inspired by his experiences caring for the dying in one of Mother Teresa's home for people with AIDS, he created the widely-popular advance directive Five Wishes, which has sold over 14 million copies. Aging with Dignity has become the nation's leading advocate for the rights of those facing serious illness.

As director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 to 2006, Mr. Towey oversaw billions of dollars in federal grants that were awarded annually to faith-based charities serving the poor. His bipartisan collaborations led more than 30 governors to open offices to assist religious charities in their states, and he staffed presidential initiatives to assist drug addicts, prisoners re-entering society, and at-risk youth received hundreds of millions of dollars from Congress.  Mr. Towey was no stranger to government. Previously he served as legislative director and legal counsel to the Chairman of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee, Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon) and also served in the cabinet of Governor Lawton Chiles (D-Florida). In the latter post he presided over 40,000 employees and a budget of $4 billion as head of the nation's largest state health and human
services agency.

Mr. Towey and his wife, Mary, and their five children live in the Washington, DC area where he consults
with non-profit organizations and continues his advocacy for the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill.


*Please be seated by 9:50AM.

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center

Georgetown University , 37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20007

Add to Calendar 2011-01-29 00:00 2011-01-29 00:00 America/New_York Character, Conscience and Courage presents Jim Towey, Legal Counsel and Personal Friend to Mother Teresa of Calcutta Please note, this event is only open to Georgetown students, faculty, and staff. Mr. Towey served as director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 - 2006, and served as the 16th president of Saint Vincent College. He was a personal friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and has received many honors in his lifetime, including the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from His Holiness Pope John Paul II, the "Fifty Most Influential Christians in America" award from Church World magazine, and the "Power and Influence Top Fifty" award from the Non-Profit Times magazine. Mr. Towey will be giving a riveting talk on character, conscience and courage. After leaving public office in Florida and at the urging of Mother Teresa, Mr. Towey founded Aging with Dignity, a non-profit organization that helps families plan for and discuss end-of-life care. Inspired by his experiences caring for the dying in one of Mother Teresa's home for people with AIDS, he created the widely-popular advance directive Five Wishes, which has sold over 14 million copies. Aging with Dignity has become the nation's leading advocate for the rights of those facing serious illness. As director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 to 2006, Mr. Towey oversaw billions of dollars in federal grants that were awarded annually to faith-based charities serving the poor. His bipartisan collaborations led more than 30 governors to open offices to assist religious charities in their states, and he staffed presidential initiatives to assist drug addicts, prisoners re-entering society, and at-risk youth received hundreds of millions of dollars from Congress.  Mr. Towey was no stranger to government. Previously he served as legislative director and legal counsel to the Chairman of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee, Mark Hatfield (R-Oregon) and also served in the cabinet of Governor Lawton Chiles (D-Florida). In the latter post he presided over 40,000 employees and a budget of $4 billion as head of the nation's largest state health and human services agency. Mr. Towey and his wife, Mary, and their five children live in the Washington, DC area where he consults with non-profit organizations and continues his advocacy for the elderly, disabled, and seriously ill. *Please be seated by 9:50AM. Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center , Georgetown University , 37th and O Streets, NW Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20007 MM/DD/YYYY