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The Papacy after Benedict XVI

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Rev. James Bretzke, S.J., Boston College
Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., Boston College
Rev. Robert Imbelli, Boston College
Rev. James M. Weiss, Boston College
Moderated by Rev. Mark Massa, S.J., Boston College

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Higgins 300, Boston College

Co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

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Rev. James T. Bretzke, S.J., hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to coming to BC he served as Chair of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He taught for three years at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1993, he came to the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology-at-Berkeley. Fr. Bretzke taught for several years in Korea at Sogang University and is a regular Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology of the Ateneo de Manila, Philippines where he teaches Moral Theology and Bioethics. Besides teaching, Fr. Bretzke worked for 13 years on weekends at Our Lady of Lourdres Parish in Oakland, and was very active in giving workshops in various aspects of moral theology throughout the dioceses of California and Nevada. Fr. Bretzke earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome).

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Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, I.H.M., is a native of Chicago. She came to Boston College in 2000 and was Director of the Insitute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry from 2000-2003. From 1987-2000, she taught theology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she was Chair of the Religious Studies department and also served as Director of Women's Studies. From 1982-1987, she taught systematic theology at St. John's Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI). Sr. Hinsdale holds a B.A. from Marygrove College, an M.A. in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America, an S.T.L. from Regis College (Toronto), and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of St. Michael's College (Toronto).

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Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, studied in Rome during the years of the Second Vatican Council and was ordained there in 1965. He has taught theology at the New York Archdiocesan Seminary and at the Maryknoll School of Theology and has been visiting lecturer at Princeton Theological Seminary and Fordham University. From 1986-1993 Father Imbelli was Director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College and is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College. He holds an A.B. from Fordham Univeristy, an S.T.L. from Gregorian University (Rome), and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Rev. James M. Weiss moved from Chicago to Boston College in 1979. He has taught on visiting appointments at the Universities of Munich, Harvard, and Notre Dame. Trained in history and church history, his work has turned from Renaissance and Reformation spirituality to contemporary spirituality, 1900 to present. The Capstone Program, which he founded and has directed since 1990, offers over 30 sections a year to 400 seniors on subjects of lifelong commitment in work, relationship, citizenship, and spirituality. Twenty-four faculty from 18 departments teach in the program. An Episcopal priest with a ministry in spiritual direction, Rev. Weiss serves two different parishes in Boston's Back Bay and the inner-city Dorchester neighborhood. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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In The News

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Boston College theologian Rev. James M. Weiss, in a Boston Herald op-ed article, gives a succint summary of his remarks at our February 27th panel, "The Papacy After Benedict XVI". Weiss surveys the unique nature and the pressing implications of the 2013 conclave.