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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. All take place at 6:30 p.m. on the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd Street.

Guy Consolmagno

Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D.

February 19, 2014

"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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Janet Ruffing

Sr. Janet Ruffing, R.S.M., Ph.D.

March 19, 2014

"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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Cardinal George

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

April 8, 2014

"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

Selected Squeaky Weal lectures (2002-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's 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 and Heritage at 773-298-3900 or schroeder@sxu.edu.