Workshops and Lectures
The Athenaeum will offer two public lectures during the 2012-13 academic year - the LeBlond Lecture and the Gardner Lecture in Moral Theology.
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia OP PhD will give the LeBlond Lecture "What is the New Evangelization?" Archbishop Di Noia is vice president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" and recently held the position of Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship. He earned his doctorate in theology from Yale University in 1980 and taught theology at the Dominican House of Studies for 20 years. He has written many articles and reviews and is the author of The Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective (Catholic University of America Press, 1992) and the co-author of The Love That Never Ends: A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1996).
Just two years ago on September 21, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI established a new Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, and on October 7, 2012, the Ordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops will convene to take up the topic of â€œThe New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.â€ But what is the â€œnew evangelizationâ€ and why do we need it? Archbishop Di Noia will answer these questions.
The new evangelization is nothing more â€” and nothing less â€” than the renewal of the mission that the Church received from Christ Himself to â€œgo and make disciples of all nationsâ€ (Matt 28:19) in the new circumstances of social change that have had an impact not only on the surrounding culture but even on many local communities within the Church. The Holy Father has called on all bishops, priests, religious and faithful to take up this challenge to discover â€œappropriate responsesâ€ to the new situation â€œso that the entire Church, allowing herself to be regenerated by the power of the Holy Spirit, may present herself to the contemporary world with a missionary impulse to promote the new evangelization.â€
Gardner Lecture in Moral Theology
On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Francis Cardinal George OMI PhD STD will give the Gardner Lecture in Moral Theology "Faith in the Public Square." Cardinal George is Archbishop of Chicago. He entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1963. He earned his PhD in American philosophy from Tulane University in 1970 and his STD in Ecclesiology from the Pontifical Urban University in 1988. He has published numerous book reviews and articles and is the author of three books: Inculturation and Ecclesial Communion (Urbaniana University Press, 1990), The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture (Crossroad, 2009) and God in Action: How Faith in God Can Address the Challenges of the World (Doubleday Religion, 2011).
Lectures are held in the Bartlett Pastoral Center at 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
Lecture during the 2013-14 academic year: On Monday, November 4, 2012, Bishop Joseph Perry JCL will give the George C. Findley Memorial Lecture "Fr. Augustus Tolton: From Slave to Priest to Saint."