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Catholic Colloquium Series

Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series Past Speakers

Most Catholic Colloquium lectures (2006-present) are available in DVD format from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the Library website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

Past Speakers 2014

February 19: Br. Guy Consolmango, S.J., Ph.D.

consolmagno"Faith and the Scientist" will explore Vatican astronomer and planetary scientist Br. Consolmagno's conviction that a believer can be a scientist and scientists can be believers. His thesis: As both religion and science explore the universe, seeking to understand and interpret natural phenomena, they offer not oppositional but complementary approaches to reality.

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March 19: Sr. Janet Ruffing, R.S.M., Ph.D.

ruffing"Faith and Women: Why Women Mystics Still Matter" will draw on Sr. Ruffing's research about St. Catherine of Siena and other medieval women mystics, and in the light of their experience, will consider the many roles that lay women and women religious play in the Church -- past and present.

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April 8: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Ph.D., S.T.

cardinalgeorge"Vatican II and Its Consequences, Intended and Otherwise" will offer Cardinal George's reflections on how the Council's decisions have shaped Catholic life over the past half century in ways foreseen and unforeseen by the Council Fathers during their deliberations.

Past Speakers 2013

September 11: John Allen Jr.

HahnenbergIn "Faith and the 'Francis Effect': What a New Pope Means for the Catholic Future," well-known Vatican observer and commentator John Allen Jr. reflected on the papacy six months after the election of Pope Francis. He also posed the question: What do the beginning months suggest about the future of the Church, globally and in the U.S.?

February 28: Edward Hahnenberg, Ph.D.

HahnenbergIn "Vatican II: True Compass for the New Millennium," theologian Prof. Hahnenberg outlined significant and enduring aspects of the Second Vatican Council that prompted Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI to call it the "true compass" for the future.

Past Speakers 2012

November 27: Mary Fishman

Mary FishmanIn “Band of Sisters,” her just released documentary, filmmaker Fishman traced the lives and efforts of several women religious whose response to the Second Vatican Council led them to connect the call of the Gospel with work for justice in such areas as civil rights, peace-making, the women’s movement and human rights.

November 15: Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph.D.

Bren MurphyIn “A Question of Habit,” her documentary film, Ortega Murphy, Ph.D. captured a variety popular, cultural images of women religious and commented on some of the factors behind those images’ belittlement and objectification of nuns that contrast sharply with sisters’ real  lives, ministries and contributions to church and society.

November 6: Avis Clendenen, D.Min., Ph.D., and Jan Bickel, D.M.A.

AvisJan BickelIn “Experiencing Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Nun, Doctor of the Church, Wisdom Figure for Our Times,” Avis Clendenen, Ph.D., and Jan Bickel, Ph.D., used narrative, visuals and music to celebrate Saint Hildegard, a medieval abbess, mystic, musician, theologian, healer, ecologist and church reformer whom the Vatican had just declared a Doctor of the Church, the fourth woman to be so designated.

October 10: Roger Cardinal Mahony

MahonyIn "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me," Cardinal Mahony assessed current and proposed U.S. immigration policy in the light of Catholic social teaching and outlined the U.S. bishops’ proposals for comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform.

September 19: Sr. Rosemary Connelly, R.S.M.

Rosemary ConnellyIn "Misericordia: The Right to a Life Worth Living," Sr. Rosemary spoke of the inherent dignity of each person and the importance of helping each individual to realize his or her maximum potential, whatever developmental disabilities may be present.

Past Speakers 2011

December 1: Sr. Mary Sullivan, R.S.M., Ph.D.

Mary SullivanIn "Mercifulness Today: Catherine McAuley's Vision," McAuley scholar and biographer Sr. Sullivan highlighted the importance and purposes of education, especially of women, as reflected in the thought and practice of the founder of the Sisters of Mercy and the congregation she launched.

November 2: Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M., Ph.D., M.D.

SulmasyIn "Beyond Death Panels: Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life" physician and medical ethicist Dr. Sulmasy discussed the moral principles involved in decisions about continuing or ending medical interventions as a person approaches death. Co-sponsored by SXU's School of Nursing.

September 7-8: Thomas Cordaro and Rev. Robert Barry, O.P.,

CordaroBarryIn "The Ethics of War: Two Perspectives," Mr. Cordaro and Fr. Barry examined questions of violence, suffering, use of force, justice and peacemaking in the context of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Past Speakers 2010

December 1: Sr. Mary Waskowiak, R.S.M.

In "Sister Says: 'Be Adult Catholics,'" Sr. Waskowiak brought the perspective of mercy to the task of adult Catholics dealing with a host of contemporary and challenging issues in the Catholic Church and in society.

November 10: Rev. Edward Foley, O.F.M., Cap.

In "Can a University Be a Sacrament? Catholic Magic or Catholic Mysticism?," Rev. Foley explored how a Catholic university fosters an adult faith and spirituality in its students.

October 19: Msgr. Ken Velo

In "Where the Light Shines: Catholics in Chicago," Msgr. Velo shared inspiring stories of local Catholic and contemporary Catholicism, stories that exhibit and encourage abiding faith, encouraging hope, and neighborly love.

Past Speakers 2009

November 17: Patrick McCormick

In "Bone of My Bone and Flesh of My Flesh: Uncovering the Beauty of the Stranger," Dr. McCormick, Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Washington, considered the challenges of cultural and religious diversity and the importance of recognizing others as "bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh."

October 8: Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P.

In "The Human Vocation and the Catholic University: Revisiting Gaudium et spes," Dr. Hilkert, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, discussed the interrelatedness of all creation, the dignity and rights of women around the world, and the call to solidarity with the poor and marginalized.

September 24: Bishop Robert Morneau

In "Hungers of the Human Heart: A Catholic Poetic Perspective," Bishop Morneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Green Bay, poet, and popular speaker on spirituality addressed the human longings for intimacy, meaning and commitment.

April 7: Terry Rynne

Rynne's discussion, titled "War and Peace: Public Policy, Human Dignity, and the Common Good," examined how key principles of Catholic social teaching applied to matters of war, peace and justice could foster America's identity and reputation as a peaceable country.

March 11: Sr. Deirdre Mullan, R.S.M.

Mullan's lecture, titled "The Vision Still has its Time: The UN, Catholic Social Teaching and Global Citizenship," focused on the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000. The goals were designed to focus the world community's efforts on achieving significant improvements in people's lives by 2015. These included better health care and education and eliminating extreme hunger and poverty. Co-sponsored with the SXU Honors Program.

Past Speakers from 2008-2006

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For more information about the Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series, please contact the Office for Mission and Heritage at 773-298-3900 or schroeder@sxu.edu.