Rev. Larry Snyder
Catholic Charities USA
In February 2005, Rev. Larry Snyder took the helm of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)—the national office of more than 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide that provide help and create hope for more than 9.25 million people a year, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds.
Just six months after his arrival at CCUSA, Father Snyder led the network's largest disaster recovery efforts in its history in response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in which more than 110 Catholic Charities in the Gulf Coast and beyond provided immediate and long-term aid to over 1 million victims of the hurricanes.
Today, Father Snyder oversees Catholic Charities USA's work to reduce poverty in America. This multi-year, multi-faceted initiative aims to cut poverty in half by 2020, urging Congress and the Administration to give a much higher priority to the needs of the poor in budget and policy decisions.
In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI named him to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which oversees the Church's charitable activities around the world. As the president of Caritas North America from 2006-2011, Father Snyder also served as a vice president of Caritas Internationalis.
In 2008 and 2009, The Nonprofit Times recognized Father Snyder in its "Power and Influence Top 50" for having influenced the nonprofit sector throughout his career.
In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Father Snyder the newly created President's Advisory Council of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. For a term of two years, Father Snyder worked with the staff of the Oval Office and 24 other religious and community leaders of diverse political, religious, and community backgrounds from across the country in promoting collegiality in finding community solutions and in offering advice on policy issues to the President.
In 2010, Fr. Snyder published Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It. The book describes the near economic collapse of the American economy and its effects on people, providing the United States with an opportunity to think and act anew in dealing with the thousands-of-years-old problem of entrenched poverty. The faces of the poor are described through stories of those who have sought Catholic Charities services.
In 2011 Father Snyder was honored with a Doctor Of Humane Letters degree from St, Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.
He currently sits on the board of the Independent Sector. He is also a trustee of the America's Promise Alliance. He is a weekend associate at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington, Virginia.
Before assuming his post at CCUSA, Father Snyder served for fifteen years, more than five years as executive director, of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis—the largest private provider of social services in the Twin Cities.
Father Snyder was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1988. He served as associate pastor from 1988 to 1991. Prior to entering the seminary, Father Snyder was a high school teacher for eight years.
Father Snyder earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, IL. He also holds a master's degree in divinity from the St. Paul Seminary and a Master of Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
As president of Catholic Charities USA, Father Snyder is responsible for the overall direction of the Catholic Charities movement and the administration of CCUSA located in Alexandria, VA.