Loyola University Maryland

Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

Cleophas lecture delivered by Elizabeth Smart

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Elizabeth Smart for the 27th Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus. 

Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story

Smart was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City on June 5, 2002, at age 14. The police returned her to her family on March 12, 2003 after 9 months of being held prisoner. She testified before her captor, Brian David Mitchell, which led to his conviction.

Using her experience to fuel change, Smart founded the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, which helps other victims and their families. She also serves as an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and legislation. 

"The Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture celebrates the memory of an educator who awakened in her students a passion for making a difference in the world," said Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland. "The School of Education is proud to join the Mount Saint Agnes Alumnae Association in bringing to Loyola’s campus an advocate who will inspire our students to think of how their education and experiences can shape them as leaders today and tomorrow."

The Elizabeth Smart Foundation focuses on empowering other survivors of abduction and bringing awareness to crimes against women and children. Smart is also an advocate for the National AMBER Alert, The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, and other safety legislation to help prevent abductions. 

Smart wrote, My Story, about her experiences. She and other survivors of abduction worked with the Department of Justice to create a survivors guide titled, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment

Smart attended Brigham Young University to study harp music performance. She married her husband, Matthew, in 2012. 

This year’s lecture is presented by the Mount Saint Agnes Alumnae Association and Loyola’s School of Education.