April 28, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 16


Fr. McBrien to present "Church and Human Sexuality" lecture tonight

The Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry will sponsor a lecture tonight at 7 p.m., "The Church and Human Sexuality: An Ecclesiological Perspective," by Rev. Richard McBrien, Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Fr. McBrien's lecture, which will be held in McGuinn 121, will review the sexual abuse crisis within the broader context of the Catholic Church's teachings and practices regarding human sexuality. McBrien will examine the damage done to the Church's sacramental life and suggest ways in which the Church can promote healing, renewal and reform.

A priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Fr. McBrien has been president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and winner of its John Courtney Murray Award "for outstanding and distinguished achievement in Theology." He has written a syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press since 1966, and is a frequent on-air network commentator for Church-related events.

For more information, call ext.2-8057 or e-mail

Poet Collins to give reading tonight

The Lowell Lecture Humanities Series continues its spring semester schedule tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a reading by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins. The event will take place in Devlin 008.

Collins has published seven collections of poetry, including The Art of Drowning (1995). His poems blend eccentric observation and technical mastery, and the New York Times called Collins "the most popular poet in America." He is the editor of 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, which will be published this year.

For more on the Collins lecture, call ext.2-3075 or e-mail Information on the Lowell Lecture Humanities Series is available at

Lonergan Workshop hosts Vassar's McCarthy

The Boston College Lonergan Workshop will present "The Loss of Effective Authority: A Crisis of Trust and Credibility," with Vassar College Professor of Philosophy Michael H. McCarthy, on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in McGuinn 121.

McCarthy has written several books including The Crisis of Philosophy, The Ethics of Lobbying and El Pensiamento Politico de Hannah Arendt, and is completing a major work on the political humanism of Hannah Arendt, a leading 20th-century political theorist and controversial public intellectual. His special interests include the history of philosophy, both ancient and modern, ethics, political philosophy, and philosophical anthropology.

For more information, call ext.2-0470 or e-mail See the Lonergan Institute web site.

Hosts sought for Commencement

Members of the administrative and support staff are invited to serve as University hosts at the May 23 Commencement Exercises.

Hosts distribute programs, welcome guests, answer questions and provide directions. A fact booklet will be made available for volunteers, who may also attend an optional informational meeting before Commencement. Hosts also are treated to a gourmet lunch following Commencement.

To sign up, send e-mail by May 16 to Student Services Director Louise Lonabocker at, and indicate any assignment preference (Alumni Stadium, Conte Forum or Flynn Recreation Complex).

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