From academia to Vatican diplomacy: Lay Centre alumna shares her story

VaisvilaiteTwo female ambassadors to the Holy See will speak about their professional transition from the world of academia to the world of Vatican diplomacy next month.

Lithuanian Ambassador Irena Vaišvilaitė and Georgian Ambassador Tamara Grdzelidze will speak at the Caravita Community in Rome on 10 December.

An alumna of The Lay Centre, Professor Vaišvilaitė began serving as the Lithuanian ambassador to the Holy See in 2012. Her country has since named her ambassador to the Sovereign Order of Malta as well.

Prior to her diplomatic work, Professor Vaišvilaitė was vice-rector of The European Humanities University, from 2008 to 2012.

She earned her doctorate in Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1998, living at The Lay Centre for six years during her study in Rome.

Upon graduation, she worked as an associate professor of history at the University of Vilnius, in her nation’s capital for four years, followed by three years as editor of Radio Free Europe in Prague, Czech Republic. She then returned to Vilnius to work as chief advisor to the president of Lithuania, from 2004 to 2007.

This fascinating session at Caravita is titled “From Scholarship to Vatican Diplomacy: Theory and practice”. It is open to the public and will begin at 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

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