Fairfield University presents "Finding God in All the Galleries," a Lenten Lecture Meditation Series by Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University


Fairfield University will present "Finding God in All the Galleries," a Lenten Lecture Meditation Series in the Ignatian Tradition, by Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J., president emeritus of Georgetown University and a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. The series will take place on Wednesday evenings, March 4th, March 18, March 25, and April 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the Egan Chapel, on the Fairfield campus. It is a collaboration among Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies, the Center for Faith and Public Life, and Campus Ministry.

The series follows the liturgical rhythm of Lent and Easter. The themes of each evening will be "Imagining the Incarnation" (March 4); "The Everyday" (March 18); "Meditations before the Cross" (March 25); and "The Hope of Easter" (April 15). For more information, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 3415.

"Finding God in All The Galleries" was originally developed for St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City. The series explores an Ignatian inspiration, a theological conviction, and the resources of several great museums. The Ignatian inspiration concerns St. Ignatius of Loyola's encouragement "to seek God in all things and all things in God." The theological conviction means that in searching for God, we find ourselves, and conversely, in finding ourselves, we find God. The resources come from the galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other major museums in the United States and abroad. Thus, the lectures seek signs of God "in all the galleries," expecting that we will also find indications of who we are.

Fr. O'Donovan studied with Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J., at the University of Muenster and has written extensively about Rahner's theology, including an introductory volume, "A World of Grace." In addition to publishing theological articles on systematic theology, he has written art criticism for America, Commonweal, The Washingtonian, Stimmen der Zeit (Munich), and The National Catholic Reporter.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 17, 2009

Vol. 41, No. 220