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Winter/Spring 2021: Catholicism and Health Lecture Series
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As a lead-up to our April 16-18, 2021 World Catholicism Week conference, "Rise Up and Walk: Catholicism and Health Care across the Globe," we are excited to present this lecture series, focused on other dimensions of this same topic that won't be covered at the conference.


 February 9

Daniel P. Castillo
(assistant professor of theology, Loyola University Maryland)

Lecture title: Contagion, Fascism, and Fear: Imagining a Way Out of the Anthropocene with Ignatius of Loyola (details)

 March 4

Daniel Reff
(professor emeritus of comparative studies, The Ohio State University; author of Plagues, Priests, and Demons)

Lecture topic: Pandemics and the Catholic Church throughout History (details)
 April 27

Fr. Jacquineau Azetsop, SJ
(dean of Social Sciences, Gregorian University in Rome; author of HIV & AIDS in Africa: Christian Reflection, Public Health, Social Transformation)

Lecture topic: COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the Catholic Church in Africa: Responding to an Epidemic within a Pandemic
 May 4

Sr. Nuala Kenny, SC, MD
(professor emeritus of bioethics, Dalhousie University; author of Healing the Church: Diagnosing & Treating the Clergy Abuse Crisis and Still Unhealed: Treating the Pathology in the Clergy Abuse Crisis)

Lecture topic: Working Toward Health & Healing in the Catholic Church amid the Sexual Abuse Crisis

March 30, 2021: Shannen Dee Williams on Racism and the Church

Shannen Dee Williams, PhD
In collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Parish and DePaul's Department of Catholic Studies, CWCIT is honored to host Shannen Dee Williams, PhD, on March 30, 2021, to address the issue of racism and the Church, online via Zoom.* The Albert LePage Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University, Dr. Williams specializes in African American, women's, religious, and civil rights history. She is at work on her first book, Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States, which is under contract with Duke University Press.

Her research has been supported by a host of awards, grants, and fellowships, and in September 2018, Williams received the inaugural Sister Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leadership from Future Church for using history to foster racial justice and reconciliation in religious congregations of women.

*More details will be posted as they become available.

April 16-18, 2021: International Conference on Health Care & Catholicism

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"Rise Up and Walk: Catholicism & Health Care across the Globe" will address some of the most pressing issues facing Catholic health care providers around the world. This conference brings together speakers from Uganda, India, Ecuador, South Korea, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Zambia to discuss the following topics:

  • Catholic health care services and strategies 
  • biblical and theological narratives of health and healing
  • the relationship between Western and non-Western traditions of medicine
  • healing trauma and invisible wounds
  • Catholic partnerships between the global South and global North

Learn more on the conference website,