YAF announces Sirico as first guest speaker of year

Father Robert Sirico will speak at Canisius on Oct. 23, the first speaker this year sponsored by Young Americans for Freedom

The Rev. Robert Sirico will speak at Canisius on Oct. 23 as the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) club’s first speaker of the year, according to a member of the club’s executive board. 

YAF Co-Chairwoman Victoria Fish confirmed via email Wednesday that Sirico’s talk has been approved by Canisius officials and will proceed as planned. 

Sirico, an avid defender of capitalism and the free market, is best known for founding the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1990. Its mission statement establishes the institute as “a think-tank whose mission is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.”

“It’s not just rah-rah for markets or freedom,” Father Sirico told the Wall Street Journal in August. “It’s to ask: What’s freedom for? And to answer that question, you have to understand what man is for.”

The Institute publishes the quarterly “Religion and Liberty” newsletter as well as the “Markets and Morality” journal, which the Institute claims brings together a niche of “economics, theology and philosophy.” 

Sirico, 68, has also served on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission (1994-1998) and is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society. He is the pastor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids. 

He has lectured on subjects such as the Free Market, leadership and other social and economic issues at schools such as Creighton University. 

Sirico’s lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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