Catholic Q&A Program

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through faculty presentations and discussion held at Loyola University Chicago. The questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the University’s—and the wider community's—most engaging speakers.

Upcoming Presentations

Coming Soon!

Past Presentations

Angels or Demons?: Exploring Vatican Politics
Thursday, 25 February 2016
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and Discussion Leader: Prof. Miguel Diaz (John Courtney Murray, SJ University Chair in Public Service, LUC)

Can I really be feminist in my Church? Catholic Women at a Crossroad
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and Discussion Leader: Dr. Michelle Nickerson (Department of History, LUC)

Why is a Social Justice Agenda Dangerous and Risky for Higher Education?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (President & CEO, Loyola University Chicago)

Catholic and American: What are the Politics of the Common Good?
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Brendan Horan, S.J.

What is the Place of the Right to Life within Catholic Social Teaching?
Thursday, February 5, 2015
The Den, Damen Student Center (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Joseph Koterski (Fordham University)

Hope for the 21st Century Church
Thursday, October 30, 2014
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall (Lake Shore Campus)
Presenter and discussion leader: Francis Cardinal George, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago

Is there a Hell and Who's in It?
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Damen Student Center, Room 217 (Campus Ministry Suite)
Presenter and discussion leader: Jon M. Sweeney (Independent scholar and writer)

Catholicism: What's t/Truth Got to Do With It?
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Damen Student Center, Room 217 (Campus Ministry Suite)
Presenter and discussion leader: Prof. James G. Murphy, S.J. (Department of Philosophy, LUC)

How Can Clinical Psychology Help Us Understand the Mystery of Forgiveness?
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Presenter and discussion leader: Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (President and CEO, LUC)
Regis Hall Multi-Purpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Students only

What are Spiritual Exercises and do They Require Stretching?
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J., Associate Provost, Department of Academic Advising and Services, LUC. Regis Hall Multi-Purpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Students Only

Does God Change?
Monday, November 5, 2012
Presentation and discussion leader: Dr. Thomas Regan, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy, LUC. Does God change? Does God interact with the world? If so, how? This presentation will discuss how 'process philosophy' and 'process theism'  grapples precisely with these questions. Students only

50 Years Later: What Happened to Vatican II? 
Monday, March 26, 2012
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Stephen Rowntree, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Office of Mission and Ministry, Loyola University New Orleans. Fr. Rowntree’s current research centers on issues in political economy, especially ethical assessments of markets, including ethical prerequisites for their functioning and redistributive measures to assure social justice

Is Human Psychology Complete Without Faith?  
Monday, November 14, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., President, LUC. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Undergraduate students only

Faith Can Save Your Soul, But Can It Save The Planet? 
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Michael Agliardo, S.J., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, LUC. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, Lake Shore Campus, LUC. Undergraduate students only

What are Five Tips for Making Your Loyola Experience More Catholic? 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Fr. Justin Daffron, S.J., Associate Provost for Academic Services, LUC. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LUC, LSC

Why Can't Women Be Priests?   
Monday, January 31, 2011
Presenter and discussion leader: Dr. Wendy J. Cotter, CSJ, Department of Theology, LUC. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LUC, LSC

The Final Word: Conscience, Church, or Bible?
Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fr. Gene Szarek, Department of Theology. Students only. Regis Hall Multipurpose Room, LSC

Being Catholic: What Difference Does It Make? 
September, 28, 2010

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., University President

Are Catholics Obsessed with the Human Embryo?  
April 6, 2010
Dr. John Hardt, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity

Are Human Beings Basically Selfish?
February 9, 2010 

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Martin Schreiber, S.J., PhD Student, School of Education, LUC

Is Sex an Act of Love?
November 3, 2009

Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Gene Szarek, C.R. Department of Theology.

Is Belief in God Irrational?
September 30, 2009
Presentation and discussion led by Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J. Department of Philosophy

Catholic Q&A: Angels or Demons?: Exploring Vatican Politics

Catholic Q&A [Diaz - S16]

Thursday, 25 February 2016
7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Den, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is for undergraduate students only!

Want to hear about the presence of angels and demons at the Vatican? Want to explore secret stories of behind the scene Vatican diplomacy, Vatican scandals, and the vision and administration of the last two popes?  Interested in exploring the monumental changes that have occurred since Pope Francis became the first Jesuit and Latin American pope to lead the world communion of Roman Catholics?  Come to a Q. and A. with the former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and the John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. These and other topics pertinent to Vatican diplomacy and the valuable role that the Catholic Church exercises in advancing social justice and the reconciliation of human differences will be addressed.​

Catholic Q&A: Can I really be feminist in my Church? Catholic Women at a Crossroad

Catholic Q&A (Nickerson)

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Den, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is for students only!

One of our most successful programs is the biannual “Catholic Q&A,” an experience reserved for students only. The event has such popularity that we decided to hold three installments last semester alone. As edifying as this was, we are back to holding one each semester so as not to over-schedule such rich programming. We therefore look forward with special gravitas to October 13 when Dr. Michelle Nickerson will ask “Can I Really be a Feminist in My Church? Catholic Women at a Crossroad”

As always, the hope of Catholic Q&A is that maximum participation and candor can be achieved. The setting is intimate and relaxed; the questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the university’s most engaging speakers. Past topics include “Is Human Psychology Complete without Faith?”, “Is Belief in God Irrational?” and “What are Spiritual Exercises and do they Require Stretching?”

Dr. Nickerson’s topic is no less compelling. As Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director of the History Department, Professor Nickerson teaches U.S. women’s, gender, urban, and political history. A self-described “progressive Catholic” who dropped out of the church as a college student in 1989 and came back as a married thirty-something in 2004 Professor Nickerson will discuss her on-going struggles with trying to develop a rich spiritual life and find fellowship in the church while fully facing up to the knowledge of how its patriarchal structures continue to discriminate against women. We are certain that the students who attend will help create a substantive and memorable conversation.

Catholic Q&A: Why is a social justice agenda dangerous and risky for higher education?

Cath Q&A (Garanzini2015)

Thursday, 16 April 2015
7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Den, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is open to students only!

Catholic Q&A: Why is a social justice agenda dangerous and risky for higher education?

Please join the Catholic Studies Minor and Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (President and CEO, Loyola University Chicago) for the final Catholic Q&A of the spring semester.

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through faculty presentations and discussion held at Loyola University Chicago. The questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the university’s - and the wider community's - most engaging speakers.

Catholic Q&A: Catholic and American: What are the Politics of the Common Good?

Cath Q&A (Horan)

Thursday, 12 March 2015
7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Den, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus

Student Only Event!

Catholic Q&A: Catholic and American: What are the Politics of the Common Good?

Please join the Catholic Studies Minor and Fr. Brendan Horan, S.J. (Loyola Univeristy Chicago) for the second Catholic Q&A of 2015.

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through faculty presentations and discussion held at Loyola University Chicago. The questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the university’s - and the wider community's - most engaging speakers.

Catholic Q&A: What is the Place of the Right to Life within Catholic Social Teaching?

Cath Q&A (Koterski)

Thursday, 5 February 2015
7:00PM - 8:30PM
The Den, Damen Student Center
Lake Shore Campus

Student Only Event!

Catholic Q&A: What is the Place of the Right to Life within Catholic Social Teaching?

Please join the Catholic Studies Minor and Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J. (Fordham University) for the first Catholic Q&A of 2015!

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through faculty presentations and discussion held at Loyola University Chicago.  The questions are drawn from student interest and the presenters represent some of the university’s - and the wider community's - most engaging speakers.

Catholic Q&A: "Hope for the 21st Century Church" with Francis Cardinal George

Cath Q&A (George)

Catholic Q&A: "Hope for the 21st Century Church"
An Informal Discussion with Francis Cardinal George
Thursday, 30 October 2014 ~ 4:00PM-5:30PM
McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

This event is limited to students only!

The second Catholic Q&A session of the fall semester invites His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI, the Cardinal Archbishop emeritus of Chicago, to campus to talk to students about the question of hope for the 21st century Church.

The Catholic Q&A Program offers students an opportunity to learn more about the Catholic faith through presentations and discussions held on campus with notable figures from the university and the community at large.  The questions are drawn from student interests and the presenters represent some of the university’s - and the community's - most engaging speakers.