The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies presents...


A Revolution of Tenderness


This revolution of tenderness is—in Pope Francis’s mind—intricately connected to his constant and insistent call for mercy in every situation and encounter. Empowered by God’s mercy and reminded of the tenderness with which God embraces all people, we are commissioned to embrace our hurting world with that same mercy and to extend that same tenderness to each other and to our earth. This is no small task, but a mission worth pursuing with conviction and energy.

Our distinguished speakers will share how they have responded to this invitation to address and to live a revolution of tenderness in various venues: at our country’s southern border, in our cities’ pockets of poverty, in our violence-ridden neighborhoods, and in those places where access to primary resources such as fresh water is denied.In so doing, they offer life-giving alternatives to the individualism, cynicism, and fear that dominate so much of our public discourse. Our speakers witness to a hopeful spirit of compassion and justice for one another and for the earth, our common home, without which there can be no revolution of tenderness.

Please join us in welcoming to the Shannon Chair podium our distinguished speakers: Norma S. Pimental, M.J.; Robert Ellsberg; Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.; and Christiana Z. Peppard.

Our Distinguished Speakers

Norma S. Pimental, M.J.
September 22-23, 2016

Robert Ellsberg
November 3-4, 2016

Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.
March 2-3, 2017

Christiana Z. Peppard
April 6-7, 2017

“We are asked to live the revolution of tenderness  . . . . We are invited to ‘leave home’ and to open our eyes and hearts to others. Our revolution comes about through tenderness, through the joy which always becomes closeness and compassion, and leads us to get involved in, and to serve, the life of others.”
— Pope Francis