A Year of Mercy: The Abrahamic Faiths in the Year of Jubilee

Year of Mercy

29 September 2016
Loyola University Chicago, JDS Smith (Sister Jean) North Room, Damen Student Center, Lake Shore Campus
3:30 PM-5:30 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage is proud to have hosted the Catholicism in Dialogue series this fall for its fourth consecutive year. By engaging the themes of mercy, forgiveness, and solidarity found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a distinguished panel of faculty and students discussed and reflected upon the Abrahamic faiths and their relation to this "Extraordinary Jubilee" year, responding to Pope Francis' call to action. The panel included Dr. Devorah Schoenfeld (Professor of Jewish Studies), Dr. Michael Murphy (Director of Catholic Studies), and Mr. Omer Mozaffar (Lecturer and Muslim Chaplain). In addition a variety of student voices made themselves heard in order to further understand the ways that acts of mercy contribute to stronger communities, trust, and understanding.

The 2015 Catholicism in Dialogue Lecture: Islam and Inter-religious Dialogue with Fr. Tom Michel, SJ and Dr. Shahla Talebi

Catholicism in Dialogue (Fall 2015)

Thursday, 17 September 2015
3:30PM - 5:30PM
4th Floor, Information Commons
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is free and open to the public!

The Hank Center is proud to have sponsor the Catholicism in Dialogue series fall 2015. This marked the third edition of the Series, featuring two distinguished guests, Fr. Tom Michel, SJ and Dr. Shahla Talebi. For two days, they were on campus reflecting on resources and opportunities within Catholicism and Islam for dialogue and solidarity. On Thursday, September 17th, each speaker delivered their public lecture. The format also included opportunities for students from LUC’s Catholic Studies program and the Muslim Student Association to formally participate. The event took place in the Information Commons, 4th Floor, at the Lake Shore Campus from 3:30pm to 5:30pm. The next day, September 18th, both Hank Center guests continued to engage undergraduate and graduate students with special topic and research focused meetings.

Guest Speakers:

Fr. Tom Michel, SJ is currently a visiting professor in Theology at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is a board member of Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the Khalidi Library in Jerusalem, and the Journal of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations. He is the former Secretary of the Jesuit Secretariat for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome and Ecumenical Secretary for the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences. Ordained in 1967, he joined the Jesuits in 1971 in Indonesia and subsequently earned a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Shahla Talebi is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. A native of Iran, her award-winning memoir, Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran, recounts her near decade of political imprisonment under both the Shah and then the Islamic Republic. Her research interests include questions of martyrdom, violence, memory, revolution, religion, and contemporary Iran. She received her Master's and PhD (cultural anthropology) from Columbia University.

Catholicism in Dialogue Series Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things

Catholicism in Dialogue Series
Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things

Prof. Francis X. Clooney, S.J.
Parkman Professor of Divinity
Professor of Comparative Theology
Director, The Center for the Study of World Religions
Harvard Divinity School

Lecture: Hinduism and Catholicism: Finding God in All Things

Thursday, 18 September 2014
4th Floor, Information Commons (IC)
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

Student Seminar (students only)

Friday, 19 September 2014
Time: TBA
Cuneo Hall, Room 417
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

The lecture on the 18th is open to the public and all are invited to attend. The student seminar on the 19th is by invitation only. If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Dr. Bret Lewis (

"The wisdom of the Ignatian tradition is beautifully enshrined in the insight of St. Ignatius Loyola that we seek God in all things and see God everywhere. In that way we learn how to serve God and our neighbor everywhere and at all times. From St. Ignatius on, mystics and poets and scholars, inspired by this ideal, have lived out the Ignatian ideal in service to others. Gerard Manley Hopkins expressed the ideal most simply: “Christ plays in ten thousand places, Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his To the Father through the features of men's faces.” Teilhard de Chardin spoke for many of us when he said that he “sought to teach how to see God everywhere, to see Him in all that is most hidden, most solid and most ultimate in the world.” In our times, the quest to see God in all things can be naturally extended to seeing God in the religious traditions around us. As Vatican II says, we can revere and welcome those other ways of conduct and of life, even when different from our own, that “by no means rarely reflect the radiance of that Truth enlightening all people.” Yet we can do even more: in a climate of true interreligious exchange, we can also learn from how saints and mystics in other traditions see God in all things, and can see us in light of their experience of God everywhere. In today’s world, God is offering us the grace to be seen by others in light of their vision of God in the world. In this lecture, I give the example of a Hindu tradition of south India, wherein the devotee is invited to see the divine—Krishna, Rama, Sita—everywhere and in all things. At a Jesuit university, we have nothing to fear when we find ourselves in the light of other faiths, other people’s vision of the world in God."

- Prof. Frank Clooney

Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. (Fordham University)

Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. (Fordham University)

On Pilgrimage: Journeys with Judah Halevi, St. Ignatius Loyola, and Malcolm X
Lecture by Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S. J., Laurence J. McGinley, professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University.

Why have Jews, Christians, and Muslim gone on pilgrimage? For many today the motive may be touristic, but the most ancient pilgrimages in all three traditions directed minds and hearts to seek out what T. S. Eliot called “a place where prayer has been valid” (“Little Gidding”). The three great monotheistic faith traditions stemming from the Middle East have focused their pilgrimage traditions not only on Mount Zion and Golgotha in Jerusalem and Mecca and its surroundings in Arabia. They have also sought out encounters with the Transcendent in many other holy places for penance, prayer and healing: the tombs of the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel; the Marian shrines of Lourdes, Knock and Fatima; the shrines of martyrs and saints like Thomas Becket at Canterbury, ‘Ali al-Rida, the eighth Imam of the Shi‘a at Mashhad in Iran, and Santiago de Compostela at the conclusion of the Camino. Pilgrimage sites give the world a sacred geography, an image of the whole journey that is human life open to the mystery of God. Jews, Christians and Muslims can learn a great deal about the world  and the lives of faith we share when we come to recognize how our paths of pilgrimage cross.

Patrick Ryan, SJ - On Pilgrimage

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