Catholic Colloquium Series

Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series

This lecture series, inaugurated in 2006, honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to serve its students, faculty, staff and the broader Catholic and civic communities by providing opportunities to examine contemporary civic, religious and social questions in the light of a vibrant, socially committed faith. Speakers in this series also explore ideas and issues that foster the development of healthy, active spiritual lives.

All lectures are free and open to the public. The lecture is at 7:30 p.m. at the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street in McGuire Hall.

Kerry Weber

Archbishop Blase Cupich

March 31, 2016

"Higher Education as Partner in the Church's Mission"

For centuries, Catholic education has enjoyed the challenges of forming minds and developing whole persons. Catholic higher education has thus associated knowledge with wisdom, and the search for truth with the pursuit of the good. Saint Xavier University's mission is to educate men and women to think critically and serve compassionately in support of the common good and dignity of life.

Archbishop Blase Cupich will discuss the relationship between Catholic higher education and the Church, and their shared mission. The audience will be invited to consider how the goals of Catholic higher education harmonize with the mission of the Church, and to reflect upon the direction of Catholic higher education in the twenty-first century.

Archbishop Blase Cupich was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago in 2014. Prior to his appointment, he has served as Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota and then Spokane, Washington.

Archbishop Cupich obtained his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and his M.A. in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. Archbishop Cupich holds a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree in Sacramental Theology from the Catholic University of America, awarded in 1987.


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.

To read more about past speakers, please visit our Past Speakers web page.

For More Information

For more information about the Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series, please contact the Office for Mission Integration and Mercy Heritage at 773-298-3809 or stapleton@sxu.edu.