About the Margaret F. Grace Lecture

The Margaret F. Grace Lecture series is intended to explore ecumenism, world poverty, and social justice, themes that are inherent to the spirit and tradition of Vincent de Paul and Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Subtitled “Where Do I Find Hope,” the series was established in 2001 by the late Margaret F. Grace, a Catholic lay leader and philanthropist who founded the Cardinal Suenens Center at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, to carry out the vision and priorities of the Second Vatican Council.

In 2015, the Grace family chose the College to be the lecture series’ new home. Margaret and her husband Peter Grace were longstanding benefactors of Mount Saint Vincent. Their son, Patrick Grace, a trustee emeritus, continues the tradition of generosity and service, which is now further augmented by the honor of hosting the annual Grace Lecture.