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Daniels Named 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

April 21, 2017 Tags: Academics , Faith , University News

About Ms. Daniels

Kim Daniels UndergradAsk Kim Daniels what she’s been doing lately and she’ll tell you she recently returned from a business trip.  But this was no ordinary business trip; she just got back from the Vatican.

Daniels is one of only three laypersons and two women serving on the Secretariat for Communication, a Vatican commission established by Pope Francis to better unify and integrate the various media entities within the Holy See.  The secretariat held its first formal meeting last week.

She considers it “a remarkable honor as a laywoman and as an American” to be appointed, and says that it is “relatively unusual in a secretariat like this.”

How does a D.C. lawyer and mother of six end up in Rome discussing communications policy with cardinals and bishops from Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East? 

Daniels is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a juris doctorate from the University of Chicago School of Law.

 She has a lengthy and impressive resume of both church and communications-related work experiences.

Most recently Daniels was spokesperson for Cardinal Timothy Dolan and his successor, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, in their role as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  She continues to serve that body as a consultant to its Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

In 2010 she co-founded Catholic Voices USA, a national group working to bring positive Church messages to the public.  While serving as director of that organization she appeared regularly on network news shows and wrote articles for various publications.

For nine years Daniels worked at the Thomas More Law Center, a pro-bono legal group focusing on family values, religious liberty and pro-life issues.

She currently is a principal for the communications practice group of GP Catholic Services, a company that works with church leaders to strategically and tactically address issues facing the laity.

Daniels sees immigration as one of those key issues facing the church.

“Welcoming the immigrant is a core moral teaching of the Catholic Church, says Daniels.  “It’s who we are, it’s what we do and it’s central to our teaching. . . . the church knows we have to have humane reform that recognizes the dignity of all, including those at the border and those around the country who may seek a better life for their families,” she adds.

Daniels says she feels especially at home at Saint Francis, and is excited about addressing the Class of 2017.

“My parents went to Saint Francis, and in fact my dad just had his 50th reunion,” she says.  “Saint Francis not only prepared them for success in their career and in their family life, it also gave them a wonderful group of friends who they’ve stayed close to since their time at school.”

Daniels’ father, Donald Redlinger, ’66, served twelve years on the University’s Board of Trustees.

She is married to a fellow attorney, David Daniels.  They and their six children live in the metro Washington, D.C., area.

 2017 Commencement Schedule