University of Rochester

EVENT: Becket Fund President to Discuss Religious Freedom

March 21, 2014

Third Lecture in the Catholic Newman Community's Faith in America Series
Event Marks the 50th Anniversary of Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Rochester

WHAT: William Mumma, president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, will discuss religious freedom and how it is protected and applied by houses of worship and businesses in America. He will explore issues brought to light by the United States Supreme Court case involving Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic congregation of religious sisters who oppose certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Mumma's law firm is representing the sisters in the law suit.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester's River Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public; visitors to the River Campus can park for free in most lots after 7 p.m.

ABOUT WILLIAM MUMMA: William Mumma has served as president of the Becket Fund since 2011. After graduating from Georgetown School of Foreign Service and obtaining his MBA at Columbia University, he spent 30 years on Wall Street. Most recently the CEO of Mitsubishi Securities USA, his prior roles included executive managing director of Nomura Securities International and global head of derivatives for Bankers Trust. His philanthropic service includes acting as chairman of Georgetown University's Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy and chairman of the board of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, N.J., and chairman of the NY Men's Leadership Forum.

ABOUT THE CATHOLIC NEWMAN COMMUNITY: The Catholic Newman Community, on the web at, is a Catholic campus ministry at the University of Rochester that promotes strong faith formation through sacramental celebrations, educational opportunities, service, and social programming. The Catholic Newman Community has been recognized nationally as a leader in Catholic Campus Ministry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Anne Thomas at the Catholic Newman Community at 585.275.8521 or email