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.

Helen Marie Burns

Sr. Helen Marie Burns, R.S.M., Ph.D.

September 16, 2014

“Education Requires Ingenuity: The Heritage of Catholic Higher Education” will explore how the ingenuity of women religious (sisters) has furthered and continues to shape Catholic education generally, and the education of women more specifically.  Such ingenuity, she maintains, remains important -- especially within institutions of Catholic higher education like Saint Xavier.



Christine Athans

Mary Christine Athans, B.V.M., Ph.D.

March 19, 2015

“In Quest of the Jewish Mary” will present Mary through the lens of historical research, Jewish-Christian dialogue, and feminist theology.  Sr. Athans will describe how Mary has been depicted doctrinally and devotionally, and explore how Mary continues to serve as a focus of Christian spirituality and inter-faith dialogue.

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 773-298-3809 or stapleton@sxu.edu.