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Meeting Jesus in the Voting Booth: Faith and the 2008 Election

October 16, 2008

Presenter: Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.

The World Hunger Crisis

November 11, 2008

Presenter: Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World

Discernment and Life Choices

March 26, 2009

Presenter: Ronald Mercier, S.J.

The Road to Reconciliation: Healing the Past or Building the Future?

April 16, 2009

Presenter: Robert Schreiter, C.PP.S.

Meeting Jesus Christ in the Search for Peace

April 30, 2009

Presenter: Padraig O’Malley

Living a Christian Life in an Age of Distraction

February 17, 2010

Presenter: Thomas Massaro, S.J.

The Church’s Mission to Social Justice Today

March 16, 2010

Presenter: Thomas Massaro, S.J.

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues

September 17, 2010

Presenter: Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Hope in a Wintry Season

October 14, 2010

Presenter: Rev. Michael J. Himes

Prision Ministry
“You Visited Me”: The Urgent Challenge of Prison Ministry

October 29, 2010

Presenters: Jack Butler, S.J., Suzanne Jabro, C.S.J., and H. John McDargh

James T. Bretzke, S.J.
“Ambassadors of Reconciliation”: Confronting Sin and Moral Failure

March 17, 2011

Presenter: James T. Bretzke, S.J.

Thomas H. Groome
Healing God’s People: Practical Skills and Pastoral Approaches

April 2, 2011

Featured Presenters: Robert C. Bordone, Thomas H. Groome, H. John McDargh, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, and Rodney L. Petersen

Nancy Pineda-MadridBook Cover: Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez, by Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez

November 9, 2011

Presenter: Nancy Pineda-Madrid

Gregory Boyle, S.J.
The Power of Boundless Compassion:
An Evening with Fr. Greg Boyle

October 25, 2012
Presenter: Gregory Boyle, S.J.    

Gregory Boyle, S.J.Maureen Clark, C.S.J.
Prison Ministry: Where Justice and Mercy Meet

October 26, 2012
Presenters: Gregory Boyle, S.J., Maureen Clark, C.S.J., and others

M. Shawn Copeland
Education and Life, the Good Life, and Eternal Life

October 30, 2012
Presenter: M. Shawn Copeland

Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy
The Challenge of Catholic Teaching on War and Peace in the Present Moment

March 18, 2013
Presenter: Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy 

Paul FarmerRoberto Goizueta
Accompaniment: Liberation Theology, Solidarity, and a Life of Service

April 3, 2013
Presenters: Paul Farmer, in conversation with Roberto Goizueta

Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp.
The New Evangelization: Renewing the Church

April 20,2013
Featured presenters: Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., Frank DeSiano, C.S.P., Rev. Sean McCarthy, and Susan M. Timoney

Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.
Ask the Beasts: Spirituality and the Evolving Earth

July 13, 2013
Presenter: Elizabeth A. Johnson,C.S.J.                                                    


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The Legacy of Vatican II

September 26, 2013
Symposium with multiple presenters

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From Plurality to Solidarity through Justice

October 4, 2013
Presenters:  John Baumann, S.J., Catherine Cornille, Larry Gordon, and Nancy Pineda-Madrid

John L. Allen, Jr.
The Francis Papacy:
Reform, Renewal, and Resistance

October 30, 2013
Presenter: John L. Allen, Jr.

Book Cover - Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment
Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment

November 14, 2013
Presenters: Rev. Richard Lennan, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Christopher R. Matthews, and John R. Sachs, S.J.

Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
Poverty: What did Jesus Preach?
What does the Church Teach?

September 23, 2014
Presenter: Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.

Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
Dead Man Walking:
A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean

Thursday, October 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Presenter: Helen Prejean, C.S.J.

Rev. Debbie Little
Taking the Church to the Street

October 24, 2014
Presenter: Rev. Debbie Little


James Bretzke, S.J.
Life Matters:
Reflections on the Synod on the Family

October 28, 2014
Presenter: James Bretzke, S.J.

Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
Christ and the Pelican Chick

January 31, 2015
Featured Speaker: Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J.
Graduate Student Respondent: Susan Reynolds

Alan J. RyanAlan Wolfe
Why Libertarianism Isn't Liberal

April 6, 2015
Presenters: Alan J. Ryan, Alan Wolfe, and others

Our Common Home Logo
Our Common Home:
An Ethical Summons to Tackle Climate Change

September 28 - October 1, 2015
with many distinguished presenters

James Bretzke, S.J.
Rereading the Roman Tea Leaves:
The Francis Effect in the Synods on the Family

November 4, 2015
Presenter: James Bretzke, S.J.
Response by: Susan Reynolds

Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P.
My Faith Story within
the Story of Liberation Theology

November 16, 2015
Presenter: Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P.


Dean's Colloquium
Theology of Pope Francis:
Real Reform or Window Dressing?

April 20, 2016
Panelists: James Bretzke, S.J., Kristin E. Heyer, Susannah Heschel, M. Cathleen Kaveny, Thomas Reese, S.J., and Michael Sean Winters
Moderator: Mark Massa, S.J.

Rev. James AlisonDuncan Morrow
Principle and Practice:
René Girard, Politics, Religion, and Violence

May 25, 2016
Panelists: Rev. James Alison and Duncan Morrow
Moderator: Sheelah Treflé Hidden

Evolution and the Primacy of Love

July 16, 2016
Presenter: Ilia Delio, O.S.F.

The Catholic Voter and the Signs of Our Times

October 19, 2016
Presenter: Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.

Deepening Catholic Citizenship Today: Drawing from Scripture and Tradition

March 9, 2017
Presenters:  Richard J. Clifford, S.J. and Thomas Massaro, S.J.

A Tapestry of Needs and Strengths: Ministering to Older People with Realism and Hope

March 24, 2017
Presenter:  Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., M.D. 

Nurturing the Healing Power of Joy

November 10, 2017
Presenter:  Brita L. Gill-Austern

Human and Church Community and the Evil of Economic Inequality

November 14, 2017
Presenters:  Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M. and Rev. Michael Himes

Theological Virtues and Psychological Wellness: Cultivating Practices of Well-Being

February 22, 2018
Presenters:  Dominic F. Doyle and William D. Roozeboom