2016 Recipient of the Anselm Moons Award
Fr. Larry Snyder wrote Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It, which calls for commitment to innovative approaches to combating poverty. His writings are based on his 10 years as the president of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the national office of more than 160 Catholic Charities agencies that provide help and create hope for more than 9 million people a year. Under Fr. Snyder’s leadership, CCUSA led responses to natural disasters, helped establish the creation of a first-of-its-kind domestic anti-poverty lab, launched a national social innovation initiative, and continued to serve as an advocate for those in poverty before Congress and the White House. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Snyder to the President’s Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
In a previous role as CEO of Catholic Charities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fr. Snyder founded a full-time lay service organization for young adults. In his new role as Vice President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Fr. Snyder promotes service as a way to recognize the connectedness between all human beings and all of creation.
“I have tried to promote engagement with individuals and communities in need my whole life. It is truly in that human exchange that transformation of individuals and society can take place,” Snyder said. “I believe in the principles of service and engagement and share them with Franciscan Mission Service. Some truly remarkable people have received this award and I am honored to be numbered in their company.”