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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 academic 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—A Speaker Panel on Fashion & Ethics (Speaker: Rev. Andrew O'Connor)
May 10
​Comforting the Sick—From Liberation Theology to Health Care: Lessons Learned in Rural Ecuador (Speaker: David Gaus, MD)

April 6-8

Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ, and Melinda Roper, MM
Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church

Following Pope Francis' establishment of a commission to study the ordination of women deacons, this year's World Catholicism Week conference addresses—more broadly—women's leadership in the Catholic Church, with a special emphasis on the global South. Speakers from Asia, Africa, and Latin America explore topics such as women's use of Scripture, the ecclesiological basis for women in Church leadership, and the leadership roles that women are already exercising in grassroots church communities, faith-based social movements, and theological education. Keynote speakers are

  • Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ, one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2014 and director of St. Monica Girls' Tailoring Centre in Uganda, serving girls formerly held captive by the Lord's Resistance Army
  • Melinda Roper, MM, past president of the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation and longtime missionary within Panama's mestizo and indigenous communities.

April 20

Mayan people of Guatemala
Clothing the Naked: A Speaker Panel on Fashion & Ethics

As part of our Corporal Works of Mercy series, and as part of the larger Fashion Revolution event at DePaul, this panel features three individuals whose inspiring work shows us how to shift the garment industry towards more humane practices—how to "clothe the naked" without exploiting the vulnerable:
  • Nasreen Sheikh: Former child laborer who escaped at age 12 and is now an anti-sweatshop activist as well as founder/executive director of Local Women's Handicrafts, a fair trade collective in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Donnie Hodge: CEO/president of Alta Gracia, a collegiate apparel company in the Dominican Republic that provides local workers a way out of poverty through good working conditions and a living wage.
  • Fr. Andrew O'Connor: Priest, designer, and founder of Social Fabric, a sustainable company that works directly with Mayan cotton producers and weavers in Guatemala to produce the Goods of Conscience clothing line.

May 10

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Comforting the Sick—From Liberation Theology to Health Care: Lessons Learned in Rural Ecuador

 In this final talk of our Corporal Works of Mercy series, Dr. David Gaus, a physician and public health expert as well as founder/CEO of Andean Health & Development, explores the evolution of missionary medicine in Latin America and its connection to liberation theology, drawing on his 20 years of experience in health and development in rural Ecuador.

Related Events around Chicago this Winter

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

March 1

Peter O'Leary—School of the Art Institute of Chicago

University of Chicago
Swift Hall, Rm. 106
1025 East 58th St.

Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute; cosponsored by the University of Chicago's Program in Poetry & Poetics and the Seminary Coop Bookstore.

March 9

Free with admission to the Oriental Institute
Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall
1155 East 58th St.
Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute.