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Winter/Spring 2021: Catholicism and Health Lecture Series
Bible and medical mask

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: Past is Present: Pandemics and the Promise of Christianity (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: HIV Risks, Social Conditions, and Theological Ethics in Africa (details to come)
 May 11

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: Healing in a Wounded Church

March 4

March 4, 2021 event flyer
Past is Present: Pandemics and the Promise of Christianity
7:00pm CDT on Zoom (details)

Anthropologist and ethnohistorian Daniel Reff (The Ohio State University) explores the history of the Catholic Church as inextricably tied to pandemics, including those of colonial Latin America. The Church's successes and failures alike offer us valuable lessons in our own era of coronavirus.

March 30

Sr. Cora Marie Billings, RSM
The Real Sister Act: Why the Stories of U.S. Black Catholic Sisters Matter

5:00pm CDT on Zoom (details)

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams charts the diverse struggles waged by African American Catholic women and girls to desegregate the nation's white sisterhoods from the earliest decades of the U.S. Church through America's civil rights and Black power years.

(In collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Parish and DePaul's Department of Catholic Studies)

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

EKG showing a Christian cross
"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,

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Related DePaul and Chicago Community Events

March 30

Flyer for Dr. Christie Klimas 3/30/21 lecture
Laudato Si' and a Global Family
7:00pm Central (5:00pm Pacific)
Click here on 3/30 to join live Zoom webinar