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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—Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery: Putting Forth a Victim-Centered Approach (Speaker: Ashley Feasley)
April 20 ​Clothing the Naked (Speaker: Rev. Andrew O'Connor)
May 10
​Comforting the Sick (Speaker: David Gaus, MD)

January 24

Micter Chaola, CRS Malawi agricultural specialist
Catholic Relief Services in Malawi: Sustainable Development & Agriculture (details)

In this lunch presentation organized by the  Environmental Science & Studies Department, Micter Chaola speaks about his role as a Catholic Relief Services agricultural specialist, helping his fellow Malawians survive the dry season, flooding, and avert hunger through initiatives like improved seed and education around farming techniques.

January 25

Funeral procession in the Philippines for victim of Duterte's war on drugs
Burying the Dead: Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines and the Catholic Church's Response

Rev. Amado Picardal, CSsR, a Filipino priest and human rights advocate, gives this third talk in our "Corporal Works of Mercy" series, addressing the more than 10,000 murders carried out by police and death squads in Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's War on Drugs. Suspected of being addicts and pushers, the majority of murder victims are among the nation's poorest citizens.

February 22

Young boy behind a fence
Ransoming the Captive—Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery: Putting Forth a Victim-Centered Approach (details)

Each year, 17,000 vulnerable victims are trafficked across U.S. borders and exploited through forced sex or labor. Ashley Feasley, director of policy for the USCCB’s Office of Migration & Refugee Services, gives this next talk in our "Corporal Works of Mercy" series about what's being done here in the U.S. to combat trafficking and restore dignity to its victims through advocacy, awareness raising, training & technical assistance, and integration services.


Related Events around Chicago this Winter

​This winter, the following events are being hosted by our friends at neighboring institutions in the Chicago area:

January 17

A discussion featuring Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist, and a panel of 5 scholars including CWCIT director, William Cavanaugh
January 17 event at Lumen Christi

International House at the University of Chicago
1414 E. 59th Street

For more info, click here.

Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute