Philips honored for nonprofit work

Barnet Phillips IV, of Greenwich, will be honored by the Fairfield County Chapter of Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) at a breakfast on Oct. 28.

Mr. Phillips and Brendan Fisk of Fairfield, will be honored with the Business Leadership Award for their work in co-founding Shepherds Inc. in 1997, as well as for their ongoing involvement in the program. Shepherds is a nondenominational nonprofit that provides the funding for disadvantaged inner city Connecticut youth to attain a quality college preparatory education at Catholic high schools while pairing them with a mentor who serves as a role model over the four-year high school journey.

Mr. Phillips is a recently retired partner with the New York City law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates.

This is the seventh Annual Communion Breakfast for Business Leaders sponsored by CAPP and Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life. It will be held in Fairfield University’s Oak Room and the event will begin immediately following a mass at 9 a.m. in the adjacent Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.

“Brendan and Barney were chosen for this award because they exemplified the application of the core principles of the Church’s social doctrine, namely human dignity, solidarity and subsidiarity,” said Bill Fox, president of CAPP’s Fairfield County Chapter. “Shepherds recognizes the human dignity of all their students and with the support of mentors and sponsors enables students to obtain a quality Catholic high school education. Most are the first in their families to go on to college.”

Rev. Richard Ryscavage, S.J., a leading expert on immigration and founding director of Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life, will be the keynote speaker and will speak on Faithful Citizenship: Catholics and the Presidential Election.

The breakfast is being sponsored by the Center for Faith and Public Life and the Fairfield Chapter of CAPP, a lay-led Vatican based organization founded by Blessed John Paul in 1993 for the education and evangelization of Catholic social doctrine through business, academic and other lay professionals. For additional information about CAPP and its Fairfield County Chapter, visit Additional background on Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life is available at

There is limited seating. To register call Cindy Russo, at 203-254-4000, ext. 2927.


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