Current Lecture Series

2014 Endowed Spring Lectures

World-renowned scholars come to Saint Mary's to share their wisdom on contemporary religious issues, and to address broader issues of how faith and reason interact.  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 Life and Leadership of Catholic Women Religious
A series marking the 50th anniversary of Sr. Madeleva Wolff's death (1887-1964) 

Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
Impelled by the Love of God: Contemplative Prayer as the Heart of Our Life and Leadership

Janet K. Ruffing, RSM
Professor, Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership
Yale Divinity School 

Thursday, March 20, 7:00 p.m., O'Laughlin Auditorium
Madeleva: A Play in Several Voices
A new play by Prof. Susan Baxter and Saint Mary's Fall 2014 Playwriting Class
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**CANCELLED**    Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center
From Darkness to Hope: My Commitment to a World Free of Torture

Dianna Ortiz, OSU
Associate Director, Education for Justice Project
Center for Concern, Washington, DC

Due to health issues, Sr. Dianna had to cancel her lecture.  In its place, CFS will show a video lecture of hers on the topic of torture.  It was given at the Eucharistic Convention in New Zealand in 2007.  The video will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre.  Political Science professor Marc Belanger will offer brief comments afterward.

Tuesday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Carroll Auditorium, Madeleva Hall 
The Contemplative Call to Do Justice
Simone Campbell, SSS
Coordinator of the "Nuns on the Bus" Tour
Executive Director, NETWORK 


For more information, please contact Kathy Guthrie, (574) 284-4636, or email:

Read here about past CFS programming!