Events

Spring 2023 Events at the Center for Spirituality
 

2023 Madeleva Lecture 

Thursday April 13, 2023

Cristina L. H. Traina, PhD  
"Feminism, Finitude, and Flourishing: On 'Being Mortal, Like Everyone Else' (Wis 7:1)"
7:00 PM ET, Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Free and open to the public — In person and Online
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The Madeleva Lecture is named for Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC, who served as president of the College from 1934-1961. Her many accomplishments include the establishment in 1943 of the School of Sacred Theology, the first institution in the United States to provide graduate education in theology to women. Although the school closed in 1969, the lecture series named in her honor has for over three decades given voice to women scholars in the discipline of theology. For more information about this important lecture, visit the Madeleva Lecture webpage.

 

"Becoming a Pilgrim People" Webinar

Friday February 10, 2023 — 12:00 NOON ET

Join the Center for Spirituality in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame's Medieval Institute for the second in a webinar series on Pilgrimage this semester. This webinar series focuses on the question: How can the practice of pilgrimage support current work for racial justice and healing of memory?

This webinar will examine present-day lived experiences of pilgrimage through the lens of liberation theology. Panelists André Brouillette, SJ, Associate Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology at Boston College, and Layla Karst, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, will discuss: What resources does pilgrimage offer as we work to create inclusive and welcoming faith communities? The panel will be moderated by the Center for Spirituality's Director Daniel P. Horan, OFM, PhD.

The webinar is free and open to the public. To learn more about the series visit: https://medieval.nd.edu/news-events/events/
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The Ex Libris Author Lecture Series

Tuesday January 31, 2023
**This Event is Postponed Until Next Year**

Kurt Buhring, PhD
Spirit(s) in Black Religion: Fire on the Inside
5:00 PM ET, Stapleton Lounge, Le Mans Hall
Free and open to the public — In person and Online
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Thursday February 23, 2023

Steven J. Battin, PhD
Intercommunal Ecclesiology: The Church, Salvation, and Intergroup Conflict
5:00 PM ET, Stapleton Lounge, Le Mans Hall
Free and open to the public — In person and Online
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The bookstore will have books available for purchase and author will sign books after the presentation.

Tuesday March 7, 2023

Jeanna DelRosso, PhD; Leigh Eicke, PhD; Celia Wexler, and Lizzie (Sextro) Wiley 
Unruly Catholic Feminists: Prose, Poetry, and the Future of Faith
5:00 PM ET, Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Co-Sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Free and open to the public — In person and Online
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The bookstore will have books available for purchase and author will sign books after the presentation.

 

"Tuesdays with Merton" Webinar Series

A webinar series presented by the International Thomas Merton Society and the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame on the second Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public. Registration is required to access the Zoom link. 

Recordings of the webinars will be available on the Tuesdays with Merton YouTube Channel within a few days of their broadcast: Tuesdays with Merton YouTube Channel. Audio-only versions also will be available later via podcast (subscribe wherever you download your favorite podcasts). To learn more about past and future speakers in the "Tuesdays with Merton" webinar series, visit: http://merton.org/itms/twm/

January 10, 2023 (8:00 PM ET) — Emma McDonald — "Fully Human and Fully Real: Thomas Merton on Technology and Embodiment."

Thomas Merton's writings reflect his skepticism in response to rapid technological progress and his deep concern that technological innovation imperils human freedom. In the decades since his death, the pace of technological development has only increased, especially in the realm of biological and medical technologies. What might Merton’s perspectives on technology, human freedom, and moral responsibility have to offer us as we confront new developments in gene editing and reproductive technologies?

Emma McDonald is a doctoral candidate in Theological Ethics at Boston College. Her research brings together qualitative methods and theological reflection to examine family formation, moral agency, and technology. She currently serves on the board of the International Thomas Merton Society.

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February 14, 2023 (8:00 PM ET) — Robert Grip — "Washington Watches the Monk II"

Washington Watches the Monk II is a sequel to Bob Grip’s essay in The Merton Seasonal revealing U.S. government files about Thomas Merton. Drawing on his decades as a journalist, Grip filed Freedom of Information Act requests to various agencies to explore the federal government’s archives. He discovered everything from routine records to evidence of illegal surveillance, which he will illustrate. This session will also include comment from a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on the surveillance of private citizens.

Bob Grip devoted his entire professional life to journalism, most of it on the air in television news, including reports from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Middle East to Europe including a meeting with Pope (and now Saint) John Paul II. He also taught multimedia journalism for 25 years at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Grip earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University. He is a former board member, treasurer and President of the International Thomas Merton Society.

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March 14, 2023 (8:00 PM ET) — Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, PhD — "Merton as Disciple and Re-interpreter of St. John of the Cross"

When Young Thomas Merton first awakened to prayer during his student years at Columbia University, he turned to the writings of St. John of the Cross for contemplative wisdom. Near the end of his life when Merton summed up his teaching on prayer in his book Contemplative Prayer, John of the Cross appeared again as one of his most important sources. This presentation examines how Merton based his approach strongly upon some aspects of John's teaching while creatively weaving it together with a vast array of other sources.

Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, is a Professor Emerita at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago after teaching there from 1993 to 2020. She is a noted scholar of Carmelite spirituality, with numerous published essays on Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, and John of the Cross as well as on broader issues in the tradition. Her book Breathed into Wholeness: Catholicity and Life in the Spirit was published by Orbis in 2019, and she is currently working on another to be entitled The Heart at the Heart of the World. She now resides in Cambridge, MA, and focuses primarily on ecospiritual issues.

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Upcoming "Tuesdays with Merton" Dates:

  • More details to be announced in the coming months