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Spring 2019

2018-19 Spiritual Works of Mercy Lecture Series

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After the wonderful response last year to our Corporal Works of Mercy series*, we are offering a follow-up lecture series this academic year on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Though often worded differently, the spiritual works of mercy are
  • Share the faith (often worded as "instruct the ignorant").
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses willingly.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.
Learn more about the spiritual works of mercy here. For a guide to prayerful reflection on the spiritual works of mercy, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website.

*To watch the videos of last year's Corporal Works of Mercy Lecture Series, please visit our "Past Events" page.

Schedule of All Lectures in this Series


September 27​ Sharing the Faith
Catholic Education: From and For Faith
Thomas Groome (bio)—Professor of theology & religious education, Boston College; author of What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life
November 1 Forgiving Offenses Willingly
On the Ground in Eastern Africa: Creating Peace Amid Conflict & Religious Extremism
Fr. Patrick Devine, SMA (bio)—Founder & director, Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation in Eastern Africa
January 24 ​Comforting the Afflicted
Withcraft & Demons in a World of Plural Beliefs: A Cultural Approach for Helping the Afflicted—and the Accused
Fr. Bernhard Udelhoven, SMA (bio)—Coordinator of "Fingers of Thomas" ministry in Lusaka, Zambia, & longtime missionary
February 21 ​Praying for the Living and the Dead
Lazarus, Come Forth—War, Soul Death, and Homecoming​​
Robert Emmet Meagher (bio)—Professor of humanities, Hampshire College; author of Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury & Just War
​February 28 Bearing Wrongs Patiently
Challenges & Hopes: The Catholic Church in Contemporary China
Mary Mee-Yin Yuen—Professor, Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology & Philosophy in Hong Kong
April 4​ Admonishing the Sinner
The Prolonged Struggle against Metallic Mining in El Salvador​: The Role of the Catholic Church​
Andrew McKinley (bio)—Specialist on water & mining, Universidad Centroamericana in San Salvador (UCA), El Salvador
​April 11
Counseling the Doubtful
The Challenges of the Changing Religious Imagination in Latin America​
Sr. Geraldina Céspedes—Professor of systematic theology, Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala City



May 30 End-of-Year Breakfast

May 30

End-of-Year Breakfast (details)

The Department of Catholic Studies and CWCIT invite all DePaul students, staff, and faculty to drop by and celebrate the end of the academic year over breakfast.


May 31 lecture

May 31

The Ten Green Commandments of Laudato Si' (details)

The Rev. Dr. Joshstrom Isaac Kureethadam, SDB, coordinator of the "Ecology & Creation" sector at the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development discusses the holistic way that Laudato Si’ lays bare the physical, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of our world's environmental crisis—and the ways the Catholic Church calls us to respond through an integral approach, recognizing that everything is interconnected. (Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago, Catholic Theological Union (CTU), Loyola University Chicago, and DePaul's Department of Environmental Science & Studies and CWCIT.)

Related Events in the Chicago Area

May 23 (5:00pm)

The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy
Lumen Christi's 5/23 symposium on Robin Jensen's book,
A book symposium on Robin M. Jensen’s The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy (Harvard University Press, 2017), which takes readers on an intellectual and spiritual journey through the 2,000-year evolution of the cross as an idea and an artifact, illuminating the controversies—along with the forms of devotion—this central symbol of Christianity inspires. Jensen is the Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute.

University of Chicago​
Swift Hall (3rd Floor Lecture Hall)
1025 E. 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637