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The Church Going Forward


CLEVELAND: The Most Reverend Richard Gerard Lennon, bishop of Cleveland, will speak about the future of the Roman Catholic Church at noon on Friday, February 16, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Bishop Lennon was installed as the 10th Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on May 15, 2006. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Lennon to the leadership position over nearly 800,000 Catholics in eight counties of Northeast Ohio on April 4, 2006.

Bishop Richard Gerard Lennon


A native of the Boston area, Bishop Lennon was born in Arlington, Massachusetts and graduated from Catholic High School and then attended Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts, where he received an M.A. in Church History and a M.TH in Sacramental Theology.

Bishop Lennon was ordained to the priesthood in May 1973, and served in the Archdiocese of Boston as a parish priest, Fire Department chaplain, an Assistant for Canonical Affairs, and Rector of St. John’s Seminary.

Ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston on September 14, 2001, Bishop Lennon also served as Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese from December 2002 to July 2003 when the Vatican appointed a new Archbishop to lead in Boston.

Among the special recognitions Bishop Lennon has received: named a Domestic Prelate in April 1998, and installed as a Knight of Malta and as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in June 2001.


Tickets for this City Club Friday Forum are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.


Revitalizing Cities, Strengthening Regions: The Promise of Equitable Development

Angela Glover Blackwell, president and CEO of PolicyLink, will discuss the concept of equitable development and how it works to revitalize central cities and older suburbs while ensuring that all residents benefit from neighborhood and regional improvement at noon on Friday, February 23, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Since the 1950s and ‘60s, many older cities like Cleveland have seen eroded prosperity and neighborhood decline as businesses and middleclass homeowners followed new development to the suburbs. These metropolitan regions are now challenged by wide racial and income disparities between city and newer suburbs.

Since its inception in January 1999, PolicyLink has partnered with a cross-section of stakeholders to ensure that questions of equity receive the highest priority in addressing major policy issues, including urban sprawl and smart growth, reinvestment in low-income communities, bridging the digital divide, eliminating racial health disparities, and developing leaders for policy change.

Blackwell founded PolicyLink after serving as senior vice president for The Rockefeller Foundation, where she directed its domestic and cultural divisions and developed the Next Generation Leadership and Building Democracy programs. In 1987, she founded the Urban Strategies Council after serving as a partner with Public Advocates for 10 years.

Blackwell is a co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America, and she collaborated with Tavis Smiley to develop the New York Times best-selling book The Covenant with Black America.


Tickets for this City Club Friday Forum are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included.






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