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2017-18 Lecture Series: Corporal Works of Mercy

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On the heels of Pope Francis' newest book, The Works of Mercy, we are hosting an evening lecture series this year focusing on the corporal works of mercy. Though sometimes worded slightly differently, the traditional 7 corporal works of mercy are
  • Feed the hungry.
  • Give drink to the thirsty.
  • Welcome the stranger (shelter the homeless).
  • Clothe the naked.
  • Visit the sick & imprisoned.
  • Bury the dead.
  • Give alms to the poor.

Learn more about the 7 corporal works of mercy here. And explore their parallel, the 7 spiritual works of mercy, which focus on the spiritual well-being of others.

Events in the Series

September 28 ​Welcoming the Stranger—In a Throwaway Culture, "Turning Away" People? (Speaker: Kevin Clarke)
October 19
​Feeding the Hungry—The Challenges in Haiti & South Sudan (Speaker: Chris Herlinger)
​January 25 ​Burying the Dead—Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines and the Catholic Church's Response (Speaker: Amado Picardal, CSsR)
​February 22 ​Ransoming the Captive (Speaker: Pat Bergen, CSJ)
April 20 ​Clothing the Naked (Speaker: Rev. Andrew O'Connor)
May 10
​Comforting the Sick (Speaker: David Gaus, MD)

September 28

Children in an IDP camp in Central African Republic
Welcoming the Stranger—In a Throwaway Culture, "Turning Away" People?

As part of our "Corporal Works of Mercy" series, America Magazine's chief correspondent, Kevin Clarke, discusses the the global refugee crisis and the sadly familiar response of indifference and responsibility-shifting. Here at home in the U.S., what will it take to reach people in the pews and policymakers in Washington?

October 19

Bowl of peanuts in South Sudan
Feeding the Hungry/Giving Drink to the Thirsty—The Challenges in Haiti & South Sudan

Using Haiti and South Sudan as examples, Chris Herlinger, coauthor of Food Fight: Struggling for Justice in a Hungry World, gives this second talk in the "Corporal Works of Mercy" series, on global food policies and long-standing internal obstacles within countries that contribute to the food challenges they face.

November 9

Hekima University chapel mural, Nairobi
Africa's Contribution to the Catholic Church: Past, Present, and Future?

North Africa was one of the "heartlands" during the first 6 centuries of Christianity, and today, the continent is again a place of vital importance and growth in the Catholic Church. In this talk, CWCIT visiting scholar Paul Kollman, CSC, explores Africa's past, present, and future role in the global Church.