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Francis Cardinal George speaks at Saint Xavier University on March 8

Lecture part of 160th anniversary Catholic Colloquium Series

Chicago (March 8, 2007) – Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will speak as part of Saint Xavier University’s 160th anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Butler Reception Room, Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Cardinal George’s lecture is titled “Paradigms of Interpretation: Catholic Universities and Catholic Moral Life.” His lecture is the fourth in a five-part series examining what it means to “be in good standing” with the Catholic Church and the challenges facing Catholic universities since the Second Vatican Council, said Michael O’Keeffe, associate professor of religious studies at Saint Xavier, who helped organize the series.

“In this series, we have invited renowned Catholic scholars to provide theological perspectives that could inform our thinking about social, political and religious issues that did not even exist at the time of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s,” said Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., vice president for University Mission and Heritage at Saint Xavier, who also helped organize the event. “When Cardinal George came to Saint Xavier in October 2002, he gave a path-breaking theological perspective on pre-emptive war. I am eager to hear his ideas about the role Catholic universities can play in the moral life of Catholics.”

Cardinal George was appointed eighth Archbishop of Chicago in April 1997 and was named Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in January 1998. He is vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Liturgy and the ad hoc Committee on Shrines. He is the chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society and chancellor of the board of advisors of the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic University of America, a trustee of the Papal Foundation, a member of the board of directors of the National Bio-ethics Center in Boston, and a member of the board of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Cardinal George was the only Chicago-born cardinal ever to vote in a papal election, participating in the 2005 conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. He served as vicar general of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Rome from 1974 to 1986. Since 1990, he has been Episcopal Moderator and a member of the board of the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities.   

The lecture series, which is funded in part by Saint Xavier’s Office for University Mission and Heritage and a generous contribution from the Lilly Fellows Program, is one of many events to celebrate Saint Xavier University’s 160th anniversary. The series also celebrates the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831.

For more information about the lecture series, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its downtown Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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