Beaudette Is Parish’s Distinguished Speaker

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

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Paul Beaudette

WELLAND – The tradition continues.

The Parish Community of St. Kevin hosts its 19th annual Distinguished Speaker Night on Monday, Nov. 21 commencing at 7 p.m.

This year’s guest is Catholic educator Paul Beaudette.

Beaudette will speak on “How the Church’s Best-Kept Secret Is Being Divulged in Catholic Schools.”

He has worked in Catholic education at the secondary level in Niagara and Toronto, and at the post-secondary level in Halifax.  At present he is the Program Leader for Religion and Family Life in the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

A graduate of Welland’s Notre Dame College School, Beaudette has strong and lasting associations with the Holy Cross community, the priests who founded the local Catholic secondary school and who now serve St. Kevin parish.

Beaudette joins a long list of speakers from diverse backgrounds who have come to the parish with timely and engaging messages. A handful of previous speakers include:  theologian and author Mary Jo Leddy, humanitarian and human rights activist Colleen Malone, former Globe and Mail feature writer Michael Valpy, former Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito, social justice activist and scripture scholar Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ and last year’s guest, Joe Gunn of Citizens for Public Justice.

Distinguished Speaker Night is held in Delaney Hall, the downstairs parish hall.

Following the address, a question and answer period will be held.

No tickets are needed to attend Distinguished Speaker Night. It is open to the community.

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