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Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Father Charles Currie

January 5, 2019

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the passing of Father Charles Currie, Executive Director of the Jesuit Commons at Georgetown University: 

“Paul and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Father Charles Currie.  His spiritual guidance and faith were an inspiration to us and to the countless members of the Georgetown community and Jesuit university communities who were privileged to know him.

“For Father Currie, the words of Saint Francis were his North Star: ‘Preach the gospel. Sometimes use words.’  He lived his faith through action, working tirelessly to promote justice and human rights at home and around the world.

“Father Currie believed deeply in the power of education to transform lives, and dedicated his life to educating and mentoring the next generation.  His strong, persistent leadership at the helm of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities brought the transformative power of education within the reach of young people from every part of the world, opening up opportunities and lifting up their lives.  As a gifted teacher, effective administrator and outstanding university president, Father Currie’s advocacy for equal opportunities and economic justice earned him deep love and respect of all.

“Father Currie understood that we are all God’s children, each possessing a spark of divinity that makes us all worthy of respect.  In countries torn apart by violence and war, Father Currie was a fearless voice for peace and human rights up until his final days.  He strove always to see light in the darkest places, and acted always on his deep belief that we have no greater responsibility than to stand up for the least among us.

“May his inspiring legacy of faith and activism continue to be a blessing to the entire Georgetown community and to all those who loved him.  May it be a comfort to Father Currie’s loved ones that so many grieve with and pray for them at this sad time.”