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Fall Quarter 2018 

2018-19 Spiritual Works of Mercy Lecture Series

Logo for Spiritual Works of Mercy series
After the wonderful response last year to our Corporal Works of Mercy series*, we are offering a follow-up lecture series this academic year on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Though often worded differently, the spiritual works of mercy are
  • Share the faith (often worded as "instruct the ignorant").
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses willingly.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.
Learn more about the spiritual works of mercy here. For a guide to prayerful reflection on the spiritual works of mercy, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website.

*To watch the videos of last year's Corporal Works of Mercy Lecture Series, please visit our "Past Events" page.

Schedule of All Lectures in this Series

September 27​ Sharing the Faith
Catholic Education: From and For Faith
Thomas Groome (bio)—Professor of theology & religious education, Boston College; author of What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life
November 1 Forgiving Offenses Willingly
On the Ground in East Africa: Creating Peace Amid Conflict & Religious Extremism
Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA (bio)—Founder & director, Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation in East Africa
January 24 ​Comforting the Afflicted
Withcraft & Demons in a World of Plural Beliefs: A Relational & Culture-Sensitve Approach for Helping the Afflicted—and the Accused
Fr. Bernhard Udelhoven, SMA (bio)—Coordinator of "Fingers of Thomas" ministry in Lusaka, Zambia, & longtime missionary
February 21 ​Praying for the Living and the Dead
Reflections on Moral Injury & Just War
Robert E. Meagher (bio)—Professor of humanities, Hampshire College; author of Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury & Just War
​February 28 Bearing Wrongs Patiently
The Challenges of Being Church in China
Mary Mee-Yin Yuen—Professor, Holy Spirit Seminary College in Hong Kong
April 4​ Admonishing the Sinner
The Catholic Response to Mining Exploitation in El Salvador​
Andrés McKinley (bio)—Specialist on water & mining, Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador
​April 11
Counseling the Doubtful
A Nun on the Rise of "Nones" in Latin America
Sr. Geraldina Céspedes—Professor of theology & philosophy, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala City

September 27

A class in the St. Vincent Circle at DePaul
Sharing the Faith*
Catholic Education:
From and For Faith (details)

Addressing the spiritual work of mercy, "sharing the faith," on this feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, Dr. Thomas Groome (Boston College) discusses the roots of and reasons for a Catholic education which began with the person of Jesus and developed throughout the 2,000-year-old conversation between faith and culture that we call the Catholic intellectual tradition.

October 25

Mass at
Mass at southern Mexico shelter for migrants
Liturgy for the Church as a Field Hospital (details)

Countless people worldwide live on the margins, wounded by socioeconomic and political situations. As Fr. Patrick Chibuko explains, it is the "wounded healer" of the Church—and ultimately, Jesus Christ—who offers the wounded true reconciliation through the liturgy. Fr. Chibuko is professor of sacred liturgy at the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria; he is CWCIT's fall 2018 visiting scholar.

November 1

Shalom Centre peacemaking workshop for women
A Shalom Centre peacemaking workshop for women
Forgiving Offenses Willingly*
On the Ground in East Africa: Creating Peace Amid Conflict & Religious Extremism (details)
East Africa is increasingly plagued by religious ideological extremism, which generates a hostile cultural environment that suffocates tolerance, freedom, mercy, and reconciliation. To create and implement conflict management and peacemaking policies, it’s critical to have a comprehensive knowledge of the continuum of conflict/peace, tolerance/intolerance, and more. Fr. Patrick Devine explores these topics, drawing on the work of the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, which he founded in East Africa.

*2018-19 Spiritual Works of Mercy Lecture Series

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October 4

Statue of blind justice
Judging as Judgment

Joseph William Singer (Harvard Law School)

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