Past Lectures

Series Archive

2019-2020: Neighbor with Neighbor: A Call to Solidarity

Reggie Harris & Greg Greenway

  • Deeper than the Skin: A Musical Presentation on Race

James Martin, S.J.

  • Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church Can Show Welcome & Respect to the LGBTQ+ Community
2018-19: Transformation Through Encounter

Mary C. Boys, S.N.J.M.

  • Extending the Borders of Our Care: Why Interreligious Engagement Is an Ethical Imperative for Christians
  • Our Ancestors Would Be Incredulous: Jews and Christians in Our Time

Ruben L.F. Habito

  • Buddhist Wisdom and Christian Truth: Expanding Horizons of Catholic Faith and Understanding
  • Can One Be Both Christian and Buddhist?

Rita George-Tvrtković, Ph.D.

  • The Virgin Mary: Bridge or Barrier between Catholics and Muslims
  • What Muslims Can Teach Catholics about Christianity

Francis X. Clooney, S.J.

  • Hinduism as a Catholic—Finding God in Small Things
  • Learning Interreligiously
2017-18: Reclaiming our Common Humanity

Bishop Robert W. McElroy

  • Nationalism vs. the Catholic Vision of the Common Good
  • Uniting Our Fractured Society

Lisa Fullam

  • Practicing Doubt in the Pursuit of Truth
  • Sex and Human Flourishing: The Witness of LGBTQ Catholics

Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

  • Why Do We Look to the Heavens?
  • What Does "Catholic" Science Look Like?

Maureen O'Connell

  • From the Upper Room to Pentecost: Toward an Ethic of Racial Mercy
  • Painting across the Color-line: Community Muralism and Social Justice
2016-17: A Revolution of Tenderness

Norma S. Pimental, M.J.

  • The Human Face of Migration: Learning Mercy at the Border
  • Nurturing a Culture of Caring

Robert Ellsberg

  • A Revolution of the Heart: From Dorothy Day to Pope Francis
  • Saints and Prophets: Models for Today

Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.

  • Save the World . . . or Savor It? Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan, and Stranger
  • Tattoos on the Heart: A Conversation with Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Christiana Z. Peppard

  • Contemplation and Ecological Action: Tenderness and Justice in Laudato Si'
  • Fresh Water Is a Human Right
2015-16: Mercy, Always, in Everything, Mercy

John Dear

  • Disarming the Heart, Disarming the World: The Peacemaker’s Work Today
  • Peace Be With You: Practicing Nonviolence in a World of Violence and War

Tina Beattie

  • Mothering and Mercy: A Theological Reflection on Marian Art and Pope Francis's Theology 
  • Bringing Women’s Gifts to the Table

Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.

  • Keeping Hope in the Desert: What Our Brothers and Sisters in Iraq Can Teach Us
  • Is Mercy about Forgetting?

Emmanuel Katongole

  • Reconciling Tenderness: On Learning Mercy from God
  • Planting Tenderness: Laudato Si and the Bethany Land Institute in Uganda
2014-15: Embracing the Third Millennium, Empowering the People of God

Thomas Reese, S.J.

  • Pope Francis and the Challenge of Reforming the Church
  • Listening to the Laity: Pope Francis and the Upcoming Synod on the Family

Jamie L. Manson

  • Grace on the Margins: Envisioning an Inclusive Church
  • Holy in Body, Holy in Spirit: LGBT Catholics in the Church

M. Cathleen Kaveny

  • Faith and Citizenship: A Challenge for American Catholics
  • How Should Believers Speak Truthfully in the Public Square?

Richard Gaillardetz

  • The Sense of the Faithful: Recovering a Forgotten Teaching of Vatican
  • Authority in the Church Today: Challenges and Questions
2013-14: Acting on Faith, Doing Justice

Simone Campbell, S.S.S.

  • Acting on Faith: The Quest for Economic Justice
  • Acting on Faith: Intersection of Faith and Immigration

Bryan N. Massingale

  • The Ambiguity of Faith: How Religion Both Makes and Unmakes Prejudice
  • The Dark Night(s) of Malcolm X: An African American Reading of Catholic Social Spirituality

Jeanette Rodriguez

  • Identity, Faith and Resistance: A Latina(o) Perspective
  • Liberation Theology: The Next Generation

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J.

  • Faith of My Father, Spirit of My Mother: Resources from African Religion for the Renewal of the World Church
  • The Christian Way of Life: Making Room for God in the Public Square
2012–13: Integrating Faith and Science: Dilemmas, Debates, and Decisions

Lisa Sowle Cahill

  • Catholic Bioethics, Political Priorities, and the Common Good
  • Jesus, Feminism, and Catholic Women

George V. Coyne, S.J.

  • The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace
  • Scientific Evolution: A Challenge to American Society

Ilia Delio, O.S.F.

  • A Post-Human World? Technology and the Future of Humanity
  • Are We Wired for God?

Mary Evelyn Tucker

  • Envisioning a Sustainable Future: Ecological, Spiritual, and Ethical Perspectives
  • Religions and Ecology: The Emerging Alliance
2011–12: Awakening the Heart: The Art(s) of Faith

Deanna Witkowski

  • Moving with the Spirit: The Sacred Art of Jazz
  • Beyond Words: Improvisation as Prayer

Gerard Thomas Straub

  • When Did I See You Hungry? A Filmmaker’s Journey from Hollywood to Haiti
  • The Spiritual Power of Film

Robert Lentz, O.F.M.

  • Christ in the Margins: A Living Tradition of Art
  • Global Images of Holiness: Fragments of the Face of God

Paul Quenon, O.C.S.O.

  • Poetry, Prayer, and the Play of God
  • Seeing with a Poet’s Eye: Photography as Spiritual Practice
2010–11: Envisioning and Shaping the Church to Come

John L. Allen Jr.

  • The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church
  • All Things Catholic

Tim Muldoon

  • The Next Generation: Spiritual and Religious?
  • Young Adults Speak Out

Virgilio P. Elizondo

  • World Church, Local Church: Grace, Blessing, Challenge
  • If Jesus Had Been Born in San Antonio...

M. Shawn Copeland

  • Waiting with the Spirit
  • Body Matters
2009–10: In Dialogue with Our World

John F. Haught

  • Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake?
  • Science, Faith, and the New Atheism

William T. Cavanaugh

  • Christianity and the Marketplace: Confronting the Global Economic Crisis
  • Does Religion Cause Violence?

Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C.

  • Dying to Live: A Theology of Migration
  • A Migrant's Journey: Stories from the Borderlands

Christine E. Gudorf

  • The Intrinsic Value of Life: Faith, Technology, and Society
  • Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Christian Ethics Revisited
2008–09: Women of Wisdom and Witness

Sheila Cassidy

  • Audacity to Believe: The Witness of a Political Prisoner
  • Colloquium: The Key is Empathy: A Spirituality of Life and Work

Elizabeth A. Dreyer

  • Women Alive in the Spirit: Wisdom of Medieval Mystics
  • Colloquium: The Holy Spirit According to Women

Jamie T. Phelps, O.P.

  • Women Transforming the Church: Moving Toward Communion

Carol Rittner, R.S.M.

  • Rape, Religion and Genocide: Breaking the Silence
2007–08: Pursuing Justice, Healing Humanity, Transforming the World

Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton

  • Pillar of Justice, Pillar of Peace
  • IRAQ: US Responsibility for PEACE

Charles E. Curran

  • Beyond Individualism: Human Rights in the Catholic Tradition
  • Loyal Dissent: What Does It Mean (To Me)?

Mary Jo Leddy

  • Justice Has a Face and a Name

Carol Zinn, SSJ

  • Justice: A Way of Life, Matter of Faith and Affair of the Heart
2007-06: Spirituality: Recovering the Sacred in Our Lives

Sandra M. Schneiders

  • Being Christian
  • "I'm spiritual but not religious!" - Spirituality and Religion?

David Tacey

  • The Spiritual Journey of Generation Y - Illustrated with Drawings and Cartoons
  • Spirituality as the Deepest Longing of the Heart

James Alison

  • The Dawning Smile: Gay Contributions to Catholic Faithfulness
  • Don't Run Away from Desire! Holiness Starting Where We Are

Diarmuid O'Murchu

  • Living by the New Spirituality: Skills for Discernment
  • Spirituality: Are We Birthing a New Paradigm?
2006-05: American Catholic and Perspectives on Faith and Culture

R. Scott Appleby

  • American and Catholic: New Tensions in an Old Marriage
  • What We Thought We Knew About Religious Fundamentalism

Robert F. Drinan, S.J.

  • Catholic Faith and Human Rights: An Agenda for the 21st Century
  • The Mobilization of Shame: A World View of Human Rights

William M. Shea

  • Crossing Boundaries: Catholics and Evangelicals
  • Evangelicals and Catholics Working Together

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz

  • CATOLICA - The Hispanic Face (and Fate) of the Catholic Church in the USA
  • Understanding Justice in the 21st Century
2005-04: Vision, Reality, Challenge: Vatican II, Forty Years Later

Diana L. Hayes

  • Keeping the Faith: The Ongoing Challenge of Vatican II for a Church in Crisis
  • Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality - A Conversation with Diana Hayes about a Work in Progress

Joseph A. Komonchak

  • Vatican II: Achievement and Promise

Hans Kung

  • My Long Road to a Global Ethic

Peter Steinfels and Margaret O'Brien Steinfels

  • In the Wake of Vatican II: A People Adrift?

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin

  • The Spirituality of Starbucks and the Swoosh: Integrating Who We Are With What We Buy

Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Ph.D.

  • Catholic Theology of Peace - And War

Dr. David Adams, Dr. Thomas Shannon, Dr. Leslie Griffin

  • Human Cloning and Stem Cell Research: A Catholic Approach

Dr. Maureen Tilley

  • 9/11, 311 and 411: Making History and Imaging God

Fr. Donald B. Cozzens, Ph.D.

  • The Shape of Ministry in the 21st Century

Dr. Clarke Cochran

  • Neither Left nor Right: The Challenge of Being Catholic in American Public Life

Dr. Patrick F. O'Connell

  • Thomas Merton's Vision of the Kingdom