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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)

October 24

Martin Luther and the Reformation
Martin Luther, the Reformation, and Why They Still Matter

While Martin Luther's actions profoundly shaped our world in ways he never could have imagined, he did not intend to start a revolution that would divide the Catholic Church and forever change Western civilization. Brad Gregory, renowned European history scholar at Notre Dame, explains in this talk organized by the Catholic Studies Department.

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 six 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.

Related Events around Chicago this Fall

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

October 26

Hans Joas (Ernst Troeltsch Professor for the Sociology of Religion, Humboldt University of Berlin)

University of Chicago
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall
4:30 p.m.

For more info and to register, click here.

Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought and the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought

November 6

Cardinal Blase Cupich
Cardinal Blase Cupich on the Intersection of Religion and Politics
Discussion led by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne

Ida Noyes Hall—Cloister Club
1212 E. 59th St.
12:00 p.m.

For more info and to register, click here.

Sponsored by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics