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Sirico Parables book

    Over the course of the past 27 years, Acton has weathered social upheavals and periods of economic boom and bust. Much of our continuous success is attributable to our ability to adapt to the world outside our walls.

    Through the years, Acton and its staff of administrators, intellectuals and professionals have ensured our institute’s longevity and continued relevance year after year by fully engaging with the world as it was and how it exists today. All our efforts are in the service of realizing how we hope to transform the world for the better.

    All our efforts are in the service of realizing how we hope to transform the world for the better.

    For example, a mere few weeks before putting pen to paper for this message, I had the great honor of participating in a one-day conference in Rome. “Globalization, Justice and the Economy: The Jesuit Contribution” marked the 17th year that Acton has hosted and planned such events in Rome.

    The conference displays the Acton Institute’s enduring mission to preserve the economic, philosophical and theological precepts of the past. In so doing, our combined research and areas of study – no matter how seemingly arcane – may continue to enlighten our spiritual and political leaders today and for many tomorrows.

    In this issue of Acton Notes, readers will note as well the announcement of the translation of Abraham Kuyper’s On Islam. Written in the early 20th century, On Islam is one of several of Kuyper’s theological works the Acton Institute has translated in partnership with the Abraham Kuyper Translation Society and Lexham Press.

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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.