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John F. Baldovin, S.J.

John F. Baldovin, S.J. - September 26, 2013

Liturgical Reform and the Public Role of the Catholic Church
This address is from "Panel 3: The Council and the Public Arena" from the 2013 Vatican II Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and Boston College’s sesquicentennial.

John F. Baldovin, S.J.

John F. Baldovin, S.J. - November 15, 2016

Eucharist: Medicine of Immortality

Ignatius of Antioch, referred to the Eucharist as the medicine of immortality.  Explore the Eucharist as the source and energy of our true life in Christ; as medicine for the “field hospital” which is the Church (Pope Francis).

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane - April 6, 2015

Why Libertarianism Isn't Liberal
This address is from "panel 2: Libertarianism, Politics, and Economics" from the Fourth Annual Dean's Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture addressing the political, theological, and legal issues raised by libertarianism from a Catholic context.

John Baumann, S.J.

John Baumann, S.J. - October 3, 2013

Beyond Ignorance, Hostility, and Fear:
Organizing for Justice by Embracing Religious and Ethnic Passion

In this lecture Fr. Baumann tells how directly engaging local faith communities across religious and ethnic boundaries addresses justice issues, creates solidarity, and improves quality of life for all.

John Baumann, S.J.

John Baumann, S.J. - October 4, 2013

From Plurality to Solidarity through Justice

This symposium examines how faith-based community organizing around issues of justice can provide common ground both for engaging in ministry in communities of diverse faith and ethnicity and for theological discourse among religions.


Rev. David Beckmann

Rev. David Beckmann - November 11, 2008

The World Hunger Crisis
This presentation places the crisis in the context of Catholic and Protestant social teaching, describing how faith-based groups have impacted legislative action in Washington and how the world should respond today.

Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.

Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. - July 22, 2010

Women in the Old Testament: Then and Now
This lecture examines an array of biblical passages in order to discover the role played by women within, and suggests how these women might act as models for us today.

Robert C. Bordone

Robert C. Bordone - April 2, 2011

Understanding and Managing Difficult Conversations
This presentation, the afternoon keynote for the conference "Healing God's People," offers some tips on how we can engage in difficult conversations with greater skill, honesty, and gentleness. 

Madeleine Boucher

Madeleine Boucher - July 22, 2009

Mary of Magdala
This lecture looks at traditions of Mary Magdalene as well as Scripture references to clarify who this “Apostle to the Apostles” was and was not. Special focus is given to the resurrection narrative in John’s Gospel.

Madeleine Boucher

Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault - October 15, 2016

The Heart of Centering Prayer: Christian Nonduality in Theory and Practice
Is the author of The Cloud of Unknowing  is using the word "contemplation" to describe the transition to unitive or non-dual consciousness? Explore how centering prayer is so essential in the process.

Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Gregory Boyle, S.J. - October 25, 2012

The Power of Boundless Compassion
In this presentation, Fr. Greg shared his reflections on community and the sacredness of life through the lens of Ignatian spirituality, drawn from more than 20 years of work with formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles. 

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

James T. Bretzke, S.J. - February 1, 2011

Confronting Sin and Moral Failure
Fr. Bretzke reflects on the call of Jesus to confront and turn from our own sins, and to serve as his “ambassadors of reconciliation” (II Cor. 5).

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

James Bretzke, S.J. - October 28, 2014

Life Matters: Reflections on the Synod on the Family
This presentation reflects on the 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis, and discusses the major themes that emerged from that October meeting of bishops and Church leaders from around the world.

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

James Bretzke, S.J. - November 4, 2015

Rereading the Roman Tea Leaves:
The Francis Effect in the Synods on the Family

This presentation reflects on these themes by examining the recently concluded Synod on the Family in the context of last year’s much debated Extraordinary Synod and in light of Pope Francis’s September visits to Cuba and the United States.

James T. Bretzke, S.J.

James Bretzke, S.J. - April 20, 2016

Theology of Pope Francis:
Real Reform or Window Dressing?
While Pope Francis has clearly attracted a ready ear among the Catholic faithful, his efforts to extend a more compassionate message to those who have been alienated from the faith and bring them back to the Church has generated a surprising amount of resistance among the hierarchy.  This conversation addresses some of the issues raised by American bishops, who in many respects are his chief critics.

André Brouillette, S.J.

André Brouillette, S.J. - March 31, 2011

The Spirit at Work: St. Teresa of Avila in Life
This lecture explores how the movement of the Spirit can be uncovered through its surprising dynamic imprint in human life as disquieting, kenosis and incarnation, as well as inspiring.   

Jack Butler, S.J.

Jack Butler, S.J. - October 29, 2010

Vocation and Lay Mission
Given as part of the conference "You Visited Me: The Urgent Challenge of Prison Ministry," Fr. Butler invites and encourages ministry to prisoners.

Jack Butler, S.J.

Jack Butler, S.J. - March 31, 2011

Who Do They Say That They Are?  Perspectives From Three Jesuits
These panelists, including William P. Leahy, S.J., and Jeremy Zipple, S.J., reflect on their call to the priesthood.