Current Lecture Series

2017 Endowed Fall Lectures

Distinguished scholars come to Saint Mary's to lead us in an exploration of the relationship of faith and faith and engagement with contemporary religious and theological issues. Please join us for our upcoming lectures, which are free and open to the public.  These lectures are sponsored by the Saint Mary's College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund.

The Francis Effect: His Impact on Church and World

Tuesday, September 12, 7 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall
Pope Francis and All God's Creatures: A Challenge for the Global Church

Dr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM
Assistant Professor, Systematic Theology
Catholic Theological Union

Fr. Horan researches and teaches in the areas of constructive theology, spirituality, and the medieval Franciscan philosophical tradition. He is the author of several books, including God is Not Fair and Other Reasons for Gratitude (2016). His latest book, All God's Creatures: A Theology of Creation (Fortress Press), is due out in Spring 2018. Fr. Horan is a frequent lecturer and retreat director around the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Monday, October 9, 7 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Projects of the Heart: Pope Francis and Micro-Economics

Dr. William T. Cavanaugh
Professor, Catholic Studies
Director, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
DePaul University

Dr. Cavanaugh's major areas of research include the Church's encounter with social, political, and economic realities. He is particularly interested in the social implications of traditional Catholic beliefs and practices, such as the Eucharist. He has authored 6 books, including Field Hospital: The Church's Engagement with a Wounded World (2016). His next book focuses on secularization and idolatry, exploring the ways in which a supposedly disenchanted Western society remains enchanted by nationalism, consumerism, and cults of celebrity.

Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Pope Francis, Dialogue, and Ecumenism

Dr. Susan K. Wood, SCL
Professor, Theology 
Marquette University

Dr. Wood teaches courses on ecclesiology, Henri de Lubac, ecumenism, and sacramental theology. She has written several books, including her latest book, A Shared Spiritual Journey: Lutherans and Catholics Traveling Toward Unity (2016), which was co-authored with Timothy Wengert. Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue, the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation, and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. Dr. Wood is currently President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.


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