Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series offers public lectures and fora on important Catholic topics during the academic year.

Upcoming Lectures

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Past Lectures

Spirituality in the Public Square
Tuesday, September 30, 2014—4:00p.m.
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

A conversation with Ms. Kerry Weber (America Magazine)

Science, Faith, and Progress
Tuesday, September 17, 2014—3:30p.m.–5:00p.m.

A lecture by Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J., Vatican Observatory

In his lecture, Fr. Mueller will explore a belief that is fundamental for all the Abrahamic religions: the belief that the human race is at the center of God's love and concern. Modern science has shown that the human race has been in existence for only a brief span of time, in a small and unremarkable corner of a universe that is unimaginably large and extraordinarily old. From a scientific perspective, it seems methodologically pernicious, morally presumptuous, and just plain contrary to reason to believe that the human race is of cosmic importance, or that it has been chosen above all others by the God of the universe. Fr. Mueller will propose a creative re-framing of this issue. He'll explore a way of thinking about the (alleged) cosmic importance of the human race that avoids scientific and moral objections and that opens new paths for progress in science and faith.

Jesuits and Sports: Historical Perspectives and Resources for Our Times
Thursday, January 31, 2013

A lecture by Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University.

In his book Catholic Perspective on Sports Fr. Kelly, S.J. provides a historic overview of the changing Catholic views towards sports, broadens traditional understanding of the interconnectedness between spirituality and athletics, and explains why this topic has been neglected by scholars. The author offers new insights on the contributions of Catholic thought and its relevance to sports today. 

Rethinking Christianization
Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Edmondo Lupieri, John Cardinal Cody Endowed Chair, Department of Theology, LUC.

In his book In the Name of God: The Making of Global Christianity Lupieri traces the consequences of European war and conquest for global cultural identities from the age of exploration to the present. He exposes the economic and political justifications and motivations behind the European conquest and uncovers the religious roots of genocide, racism, and 'just war.'

Catholic Actors in the Third Wave of Democratization:
Lessons for the Arab Spring and the Muslim Fourth Wave

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Jose Casanova, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University.

Dr. Casanova has published works in a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. Co-sponsored with Islamic World Studies Program, LUC. Watch video for this lecture

The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversations in French and Indian North America
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lecture by Dr. Tracy Neal Leavelle, Department of History, Creighton University.

Dr. Leavelle's first book, The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America, examines the nature of spiritual encounters between Catholic missionaries and American Indians in colonial North America. The work explores such issues as the translation and reception of religious concepts, the impact of gender and generational differences on Native responses to Christianity, and the role of religion in shaping colonial geographies. Co-sponsored with Departments of English, History, Theology and the University Libraries

Holy Fathers, Abusive Fathers, and the Missing Father:
How Catholic Schools Cure Urban Poverty

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Lecture by Patrick J. McCloskey, MS, School of Education, LUC.  Klarcheck Informations Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus, LUC 
Watch video of this lecture

A Catholic Origin of Human Rights
February 28, 2011

Lecture by Fr. Robert John Araujo,S.J., the inaugural holder of the John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Professorship at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law.
Watch video of this lecture.

Archive of Past Catholic Minds,Catholic Matters Lectures

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series: Spirituality in the Public Square

Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Lecture Series: Spirituality in the Public Square

Tuesday, 30 September 2014
4:00p.m.–5:30p.m.
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

All are welcome to attend!

Kerry Weber—Managing Editor of America Magazine and author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job—will be speaking at the Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters lecture series this fall on spirituality in the public square.

Kerry Weber is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York and Providence College in Rhode Island. Kerry has worked as an associate editor for Catholic Digest, a staff reporter for The Greenwich Post and The Catholic Observer, and a producer and reporter for the television news magazine Real to Reel. She is also an alumna of the Mercy Volunteer Corps, through which she served as a special-education teacher in St. Michaels, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation.

Publication Colloquium: Democracy, Culture, Catholicism & the Transnational Impact of Jesuit Higher Education

DCCIRP Publication Colloquium

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
3:30PM - 5:30PM
4th Floor, Klarchek Information Commons
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend!


In the fall of 2015, Fordham University Press published a collection of essays titled Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents. This volume was the result of a three year, international research project sponsored by the Hank Center that brought together scholars from Jesuit, and Jesuit related, institutions of higher education around the world. Meetings in four parts of the globe – Peru, Indonesia, Lithuania, and the U.S. – these diverse scholars explored and interrogated the relationship(s) between democracy, culture, and Catholicism in each of their respective locations. On the one hand, this volume offers a unique, scholarly contribution to the academy; on the other hand, this volume stands as a testament to the collaborative and transformative possibilities contained within the transnational community of Jesuit institutes of higher education.


This upcoming Publication Colloquium will explore both dimensions of this publication. First, it will look at the international research project, and its resulting volume, to both celebrate its completion, but also to look critically at what it accomplished. Second, it will explore the terrain of international Jesuit higher education and draw from this volume some conclusions, and some future possibilities, for connecting Jesuit institutes of higher education from around the world, and harnessing the potential of such a truly global community for approaching and addressing some of the most pressing questions facing the world today.


The colloquium will feature an impressive array of speakers: pre-recorded interviews with Dr. Baskara Wardaya, SJ (Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Dr. Danute Gailiene (Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania) will be shown; volume co-editor Dr. Michael Schuck (Department of Theology, LUC) will comment on the publication; Prof. Joy Gordon (Ellacuria Chair of Social Ethics, Department of Philosophy, LUC) will offer a critical response to the volume; and Loyola University Chicago's Chancellor, Michael Garanzini, SJ, will offer his own thoughts on, and assessment of, impact of the volume for the transnational network of Jesuit institutes of higher education. The event will be moderated by CCIH Post-Doc, and volume co-editor, John Crowley-Buck.

Copies of the Volume Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents (Fordham UP, 2016) will be available for purchase from the bookstore after the event.

If you would like to purchase the book on-line, it is available through Amazon.com: Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents (Fordham UP, 2016)