Early in his remarks, Father William Byron set the course for the College’s annual theme and for his Convocation Address. “So let me say it right here at the beginning by opening this Convocation Address with the simple assertion that the good life is, as I see it, a “life lived generously in the service of others.” With that assertion the noted Jesuit writer and education leader moved the College into a collective exploration of The Good Life.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley noted that Father Byron’s use of Saint Paul’s writings to the Galatians and his reference to the nine “Pauline criteria” for living the good life resonated with students, faculty and staff at the College. “Father Bill Byron neatly outlined the pathway to a good life through those nine values espoused by Saint Paul,” said President Foley. “Certainly his assertion that the good life is one marked by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will resonate with all who have the pleasure of reading the Address in Vital Speeches. Grasping the value of his remarks we immediately published them in a monograph on campus. We are gratified that his words are enjoying an even greater audience.”
Mount Aloysius College conferred the Honorary Doctor of Social Justice degree on Father Byron during the 2011 Commencement. He is a native of the Pittsburgh area, and grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School. After serving in the Army’s 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in 1945-46, he attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for three years before entering the Jesuit order in 1950. He was ordained a priest in 1961.
Father Byron served as president of three Catholic institutions of higher learning–The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, interim president of Loyola University New Orleans, and The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa. He was distinguished professor of the practice of ethics and rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community from 1992 to 2000. From August 2000 until June 2003, he was pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He was president of Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia from 2006 to 2008.
Father Byron is University Professor of Business and Society at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pa. He writes a syndicated bi-weekly column, “Looking Around,” for Catholic News Service and has authored more than a dozen books. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD; two theology degrees from Woodstock College, Baltimore, MD; a bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s in economics from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO; and a certificate in educational management from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.