A Catholic Community Response to Violence and Conflict
Philip J. Andrew '85
Director of Violence Prevention, Archdiocese of Chicago
In May 1988, Phil Andrew '85, then a 20-year-old college student, was shot in the chest in the aftermath of the Hubbard Woods elementary school shooting in Winnetka—one of the nation’s first modern mass school shootings.
Andrew survived his injuries, but the experience would ultimately shape his priorities and his career. In the 30 years since the shooting, he has dedicated his life to fighting violence—first as the executive director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and later as an FBI agent and crisis negotiator.
In February 2018, he was appointed by Cardinal Blase Cupich to serve as the first director of violence prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago. In his new role, Andrew is leading the strategic planning and directing of the Archdiocese’s antiviolence initiatives through coalitionbuilding efforts, an increased charitable presence in distressed neighborhoods and the development and revitalization of programs designed to help reduce the violence-causing cycle of despair, racism and poverty in Chicago.
You will be riveted by Andrew’s story as he discusses the events that led to his recent role with the Archdiocese, shares his perspective on the social factors driving Chicago violence, showcases several successful Chicago violence-prevention programs and reflects on the Archdiocese’s critically important mission to reduce gun violence and promote a culture of peace in Chicago’s communities.
Philip J. Andrew ’85 is the principal of PAX Group—a risk preparation, crisis and conflict-resolution agency—and the director of violence prevention for the Archdiocese of Chicago. During his 21-year tenure as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he served in New York, Kansas City and Chicago, where he focused on gun violence, counterterrorism objectives, crisis management and high-risk hostage negotiations. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the FBI and the Department of Justice, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives Award for Outstanding Courage and Heroism. Prior to his tenure at the FBI, he practiced law in Chicago and managed a violence prevention organization.
Tuesday, October 23
9:30 to 9:50 a.m.—Coffee in the Marillac Room
10 to 11:30 a.m.—Lecture and Q&A session in the Loyola Theater
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Luncheon in the Marillac Room