Annual Summer Seminar

For over 30 years, the Center has hosted a summer seminar that reflected the essence of its mission--to develop critical conversations around faith and reason, the individual and social dimensions of spirituality, and contemporary religious issues, particularly as they relate to women.

A Hunger for Wholeness with Ilia Delio, OSF


A Hunger for Wholeness:
Exploring the Inner-Outer Universe

with Ilia Delio, OSF

June 10-13, 2018

Download the full brochureTake time for an intellectual retreat on the beautiful campus of Saint Mary’s College! Through illuminative lectures and question and answer time, keynote seminar speaker Ilia Delio, OSF, will examine the need for spiritual alignment with nature in an age of digital distractions. Building on her 2017 Madeleva Lecture manuscript titled, A Hunger for Wholeness: Soul, Space, and Transcendence, Sr. Ilia will explore the interior freedom humans possess and how this affects our relationship to God’s Trinitarian life. Additional speakers John F. Haught and Heidi Russell will address God’s love acting in a world of dynamic change. Seminar participants will also enjoy meals and fellowship together, Eucharistic liturgies, and optional evening activities to nurture mind, body, and spirit. Books written by the speakers will be made available for purchase on-site.

Registration is now closed. 


About the Keynote

Ilia Delio, OSF

Ilia Delio, OSF

Ilia Delio, OSF holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. She is the author of seventeen books and lectures nationally and internationally in the area of Science and Religion, with particular interests in evolution, ecology, and artificial intelligence. Sr. Ilia was the 2017 Madeleva Lecturer at Saint Mary's College. 

More Information

Download the seminar brochure or get detailed information about housing options here. Additional questions can be directed to Kathy Guthrie,, or call (574) 284-4636.