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Catholic Lecture Series

The Catholic Lecture Series was created to further St. John’s strategic objective of visibly embedding its Catholic and Vincentian mission in the academic life of the University.  

The Eighth Annual Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. during the Vincentian Convocation in St. Thomas More Church. The Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, will be the speaker.  In the light of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si, the Bishop plans to explore the pathway that Pope Francis is making toward outlining a global common good in the areas of economic justice, environmental justice, and peace.

Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy is the sixth Bishop of San Diego, CA. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, a doctorate in moral theology from the Gregorian University and a doctorate in political science from Stanford. He is the author of two books: The Search for an American Public Theology and Morality and American Foreign Policy

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Upcoming Lecture

"Who Is My Brother? Who Is My Sister? Catholic Teaching and the Emergent Global Common Good"

Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego

Thursday, October 1, 2015
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
St. Thomas More Church, Queens campus

Past Lectures

Spring 2015
Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears?
Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Spring 2014

Catholic Teaching on the Issue of Immigration
Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn

Spring 2013
Civic Kinship: A Christian Ethic of Immigration
Kristin Heyer, Ph.D., Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

Spring 2012
The Council of Trent and Michelangelo's “Last Judgment”
Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., Ph.D., Department of Theology, Georgetown University

Fall 2010
Religion and Politics: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, What’s Prudent
Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., Ph.D., Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

Spring 2010
The Sacramental Principle and The Catholic University
Rev. Michael J. Himes, Ph.D., Theology Department, Boston College

Spring 2009
Writing Hopkins
Paul Mariani, Ph.D., University Professor of English, Boston College
Ron Hansen, Ph.D., Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor, Santa Clara University