October 28, 2022
On October 27, 2022, Catholic Right hosted the first Faith in Action event of the 2022-2023 academic year. The program featured William H. Rooney, partner of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and co-chair of Willkie’s Antitrust & Competition Practice Group, New York, NY. In his talk, “Reflections on Integrating a Life of Faith and a Legal Calling,” Rooney spoke about exercising your faith, arranging your goals in life within a hierarchy, sanctifying your work, and trusting God. providence. These four points were used to illustrate the integration of one’s faith and work. After his speech, Rooney answered questions from the audience.
Elizabeth Kirk, director of the Center for Law and the Human Person of Catholic Law, kicked off the program by welcoming the group and thanking Rooney for speaking. Before handing the podium to Rooney, she briefly called attention to St. Thomas More’s last words: “The king’s good servant, but God’s first.” She noted that while there is some debate as to whether it was “but” or “and,” his words ultimately point to the importance of a unity of life that transcends personal and professional boundaries.
The Faith in Action series was created to promote the integration of faith and legal practice through the testimony of legal professionals and is sponsored by the Center for Law and the Human Person of Catholic Law. The next Faith in Action event is on November 15, 2022 and will feature Fr. Robert Boxie, Esq., Priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Chaplain at Howard University in Washington, D.C.