The vocation of the businessperson is a genuine and human and Christian calling. Its importance in the life of the Church and in the world economy can hardly be overstated.” Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vocation of the Business Leader

BUSINESS (2)In exploring the connection of faith and business, students will explore, ponder, and discuss how the core affirmations of the tradition of Catholic social teaching such as the dignity of the person, the common good, and participation are not only compatible with the principles of business but actually contribute to its effectiveness in the fullest sense on both the systems and individual practitioner level.

Faith and Business Speakers

David Cloutier, PhD

Dr. David Cloutier is associate professor of theology, and joined the STRS faculty in 2016 after spending ten years at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. He teaches moral theology, with particular interests in economic ethics, sexual ethics, and the environment. He is the author of four books, including the award-winning The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age. Dr. Cloutier is published in a variety of traditional and web-based media, as well as serving as editor for the group blog,







Mary Devlin Capizzi 

Mary Devlin Capizzi counsels individual corporations and consortia clients (comprised of industry, government and academia representatives) on a range of compliance matters involving regulatory, legislative, scientific and policy issues. She represents clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, health, nutrition, chemical and technology sectors. Mary has represented clients before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), European Medicines Agency (EMA), Health Canada, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the U.S., Japanese and European Pharmacopoeias (USP, JP and EP), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and other regulatory, governmental and scientific agencies in the United States and other world regions. A number of the industry consortia she serves are focused on joint technology development and data sharing initiatives.

Mary currently serves as a managing partner of the firm and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Committee and the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group. She recently completed a three-year term as the Executive Partner responsible for the firm’s regulatory practices and marketing and business development functions. Formerly she served as the first chair of the firm’s Professional Development Committee.

I had always thought religion and business couldn’t mix. That religions views and opinions would disrupt the way an entrepreneur made important decisions for their company. However, I now understand that religious beliefs actually improve the fields of business. A company with a strong ethical and moral code with the intentions to benefit their consumers has a better chance at being successful. –Cristina, Participant