Calling in from the heart of Rome, Andreas Widmer joined us for a conversation about vocation, creativity, and faith.

As a professor and director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America, Andreas has the opportunity to coach young students as they embark on the vocation of business. He promotes a perspective called “person-centered entrepreneurship” that establishes the idea that businesses need to be creative, supportive, and rewarding.

“Work has to be creative. The objective of work is to create something. When I create something that is truly good, I imitate God. And I become more like Him. In Catholic lingo, we call that holiness.”

After starting out his young adult life as a member of the Swiss Guard serving Pope Saint John Paul II, he received a strong example of Christian leadership. And he had many opportunities to apply those lessons to his own professional life as he dove into the internet boom from Cambridge, MA and started to ride the roller coaster of the American dream. It took an epic journey of ups and downs to finally connect the dots and realize that faith life and professional work shouldn’t be relegated to weekdays and weekends. In his eyes, these should be seamlessly integrated.

“I discovered a theology of work that is in a way written into the Theology of the Body that John Paul writes. Human action is a sacramental thing that allows us to be in God’s image.”

With a deep desire to explore the power of business to do good, he continued on to cofound The SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization promoting enterprise solutions to poverty. He has written a book about his time serving Pope Saint John Paul II and others on the vocation of business. Join us as we talk more about the vocation of entrepreneurship, and how people can discern their calling in today’s modern professional landscape.

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