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Rev. Robert Barron lectures at Saint Xavier University on Oct. 22

Second speaker in the four-part Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series

Chicago (Oct. 9, 2007) – Rev. Robert E. Barron will discuss Catholic intellectual tradition and spiritual transformation as part of Saint Xavier University’s 2007-08 Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center. Following the lecture, Barron will answer questions from the audience.

In his lecture, titled “The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Spiritual Transformation,” Barron will explore the teachings of the Trinity, creation, Incarnation, the Kingdom of God, and redemption. He will explain how those who accept these ideas will find their lives transfigured, and that the muting of a distinctively Catholic theology would have a deleterious effect on the whole of the Catholic university community.

“I will attempt to show that the doctrinal claims of the Catholic Church are meant to have a transformative impact on the minds and hearts of those who embrace them,” Barron said.

A native of Chicago, Barron is a professor of systematic theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986, and he served in parish ministry before pursuing doctoral studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is the author of numerous books and articles on theology and spirituality and, in addition to teaching responsibilities, frequently gives retreats, missions and workshops on various aspects of the spiritual life. His book, The Priority of Christ: Toward a Post-Liberal Catholicism, was published in June by Brazos Press. 

The lecture is the second in a four-part series in the 2007-08 academic year that focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a Catholic university to its students, faculty and staff members as well as the local community and broader Catholic Church community. The Catholic Colloquium lecture series explores the implications of current theological thinking about contemporary moral issues that have arisen since the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

“We are delighted to host four eminent and nationally renowned scholars in this year’s Catholic Colloquium series. They will help us examine the important role Catholic universities can and do play in the spiritual formation of our community,” said Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., vice president for University Mission and Heritage at Saint Xavier. Sanders and Michael O’Keeffe, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Saint Xavier, organized the Catholic Colloquium series.

The series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. For more information about the lecture series, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu, or visit www.sxu.edu.


Contact Joe Moore
773-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu