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The Vatican II document Nostra aetate calls devotion to Mary a key point of Christian-Muslim encounter. But this statement is not footnoted, so one might wonder about its basis in history and tradition. How did Marian devotion make it into the document’s brief list of connections between Islam and Christianity, along with one God, judgment day, resurrection of the body, and Abraham? This lecture suggests that the Council Fathers’ knowledge of popular devotion to Mary at shared shrines played a role in its inclusion.
Thursday, May 20th, and Friday, May 21st8:45 - 11:45 am, US Central Standard Time (CST)
Monday, February 1st, 2021, at 6:30 pm
Via Zoom (video conference)In 1986, a nonviolent uprising over three days put an end to the right-wing military dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. The Catholic Church played a crucial role in the "People Power" revolution--images of nuns blocking tanks spread around the world. Catholic theologian Agnes Brazal took part in the uprising as a young person. In this online conversation, she will tell her story of those dramatic days, and discuss the wider implications for the Church's nonviolent defense of democracy in a world where democracy is increasingly threatened.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, at 6 pm
Via Zoom (video conference)Professor Hitz teaches at St John's College in Annapolis, MD.
In her new book Lost in Thought: the Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life she argues that one of the most important things we can do as human beings is cultivated a life that sets aside time for us to think through essential questions about ourselves and our world.
We will be talking about her book and she came to connect the intellectual life with loving service. We will also discuss some of her intellectual and spiritual role models.
Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 6 pm Via Zoom (video conference)Like a well-mannered dinner guest, a museum curator avoids the public discussion of money and religion. Yet, much of the art in museum collections was shaped by faith and made for a religious purpose. Interpretations that focus solely on stylistic aesthetics leave much about the beauty and purpose of the piece unexplained. In this talk, I shall discuss the challenges of interpreting Christian art to a secular audience in a public museum.
Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 6 pm Via Zoom After abandoning his Wall Street career, Chris Arnade decided to document poverty and addiction in the Bronx. He began interviewing, photographing, and becoming close friends with homeless addicts, and spent hours in drug dens in McDonald's. Then he started driving across America to see how the rest of the country compared. He found the same types of stories everywhere, across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, and geography. As Taskeesha, a woman in the Bronx told Arnade, she wants to be seen shes see herself: " a prostitute, a mother of six, and a child of God." This book is his attempt to help the rest of us truly see, hear, and respect millions of people who've been left behind.
Monday, March 8, 2020, at 6:00 pmArts and Letters Hall, Room 412 Jennifer Newsome Martin, Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at University of Notre Dame
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 5:00 pmArts and Letters Hall, Room 414Brandon McGinley is a Catholic writer and speaking based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a regular contributor to the Scottish Catholic Observer and Angelus News, the magazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Right now, Brandon is working on three books to be released this year: on the virtue of religion and the just society with Dr. Scott Hahn, on renewing the Church in America for Sophia Institute Press, and on the Catholic history and present of his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 5:00 pmMcGowan South, Room 108
Who is Our Lady of Chicago? Which of the city’s countless images of the Virgin Mary best encapsulate the spirit of this city and its land? After surveying various candidates for this title, this lecture will argue for our very own Northern Guadalupe. This particular image encapsulates the forced removal of Chicago’s indigenous inhabitants, a story that all Chicago residents – native or not – too easily forget.
End of Year Breakfast Thursday, May 30, 2019SAC 570
End-of-year breakfast celebration on Thursday, May 30, hosted by the Department of Catholic Studies and the Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology!
Edith Stein as Catholic Philosopher Thursday, May 9, 2019Arts and Letters Hall 207
Dermot Moran is the inaugural holder of the Joseph Chair in Catholic Philosophy at Boston College.
Dante's Cosmology and the Materiality of Language Thursday, April 25, 2019Arts and Letters Hall 207
Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja is Assistant Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, and a Cambridge Scholar of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the author of studies on medieval culture, hermeneutics, and epistemology.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Brad Gregory's Talk
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30PM Brad Gregory's Talk (video)
Two Vincentians, Turkey's House of Mary, and Nostra Aetate 3
Wednesday, February 28,2018 at 11:30 AM
Catholic Church, Science, and Political Power
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 1:30 PM
Catholic Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:30PMCelebratory Remarks (Video)
6th Annual Catholic Studies Breakfast with Sr. Helen Prejean
Tuesday, April 19, 2017 at 8AM Co-sponsor(s): Office of Mission and Values
Putting Your Whole Self Into It: Dancing, Walking, and Sacrificing from La Tirana to Lough Derg
Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:30PMCo-sponsor(s): Irish Studies Program, Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
An Afternoon With Well-Read Mom
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00PM Co-sponsor(s): Well-Read Mom
Mary, Muslims, and Mission in Late Medieval and Early Modern Times
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 12:30PM Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Office of Mission and Values
Comparing Missions: Jesuit and Vincentian Missions in the Italian Countryside (XVII-XIX Century)
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:00PM Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, Office of Mission and Values
The Charism of Dorothy Day and Her Relevance For Today
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:30PM Co-sponsor(s): Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
Mother Teresa: A Documentary
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 8PMCo-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry
Welcome Back Breakfast
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8:30AMCo-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
A Punishing Mercy: Divine Love in the Old Testament
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 2:45PM
Movies & Mercy: Crash
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7PMCo-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 4PM
Fifth Annual Catholic Studies Breakfast with Sr. Helen Prejean:The Death Penalty in the Year of Mercy
Monday, April 25, 2016 at 8:30AM
Roundtable on Brother Roger and the Taizé Community
Tuesday, March 1, 2016Co-sponsor(s): University Ministry
Movies & Mercy: Of Gods And Men
Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7PMCo-sponsor(s): Catholic Campus Ministry
Christians in the Middle East: What Future, What Hope?
Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7PMCo-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology
Saint Junipero Serra: His Life, His Letters
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 7PM Co-sponsor(s): Center for World Catholicism and Intecultural Theology, Center for Latino Research