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    The Acton Institute was founded to promote a free and virtuous society. The mission remains unique, but there are many think tanks dedicated to myriad ideas, principles, and goals. Few of these endure and fewer still stay rooted to their founding principles as has Acton, which will soon celebrate its 31st Annual Dinner. 

    This event is always special, but this year’s dinner will occasion my moving into an emeritus role and the Acton Institute’s co-founder, Kris Alan Mauren, assuming the office of president. As featured speaker, I will be delivering an address on my life and career and the success and work of the Acton Institute, a work that continues to flourish as it faces new challenges with enduring religious principles.

    In this issue, you will learn about a recent op-ed by Stephen Barrows, managing director of programs at the Acton Institute, in The Detroit News about the failure of the United States to secure a free and flourishing society in Afghanistan. Barrows’ perspective on this tragedy as both an economist and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan is sobering and enlightening.

    Also included is a recap of a recent Acton Lecture Series featuring Kristopher Bex of The Remnant Trust. The subject was the enduring importance and legacy of the printed word. The presentation, which Acton was honored to host, included a public exhibition of early and rare manuscripts and book editions dealing with topics of individual liberty and human dignity.

    I would like to personally congratulate Dr. Orlando Samões on winning the 2021 Novak Award. There is a brief included that highlights the many accomplishments of this young, dynamic scholar and his important work.

    None of this would be possible without the generous support of our donors. Thank you! Your support is more important than ever as we work to spread the ideas that animate a free and virtuous society. If you are just learning about Acton, be sure to check out our website, and please prayerfully consider supporting us in our mission.

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    Rev. Robert A. Sirico is president emeritus and the co-founder of the Acton Institute. Hereceived his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London. During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems. As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.