Fairfield University
| February 2016 | Fairfield University News Channel

Rev. Dr. Dorian Llywelyn Speaker at 2016 Bellarmine Lecture, February 10

On Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business Dining Room, Reverend Dr. Dorian Llywelyn, will deliver Fairfield University’s 2016 Bellarmine Lecture titled “O Victorious General, Invincible in War: The Virgin Mary, the Church, and the State.” The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University’s Center for Catholic Studies. 

Reverend Dr. Llywelyn’s recent research focuses on popular devotion and its relation to theology. For this lecture, he analyzes the portrayal of the Virgin Mary. Llywelyn states, “In Christian doctrine and theology, the mother of Jesus is portrayed above all as a source of comfort, solace and nurture. As a cultural icon, the Virgin plays a more complex and ambiguous role, at times affirming the status quo, yet equally disturbing and challenging it,” he says. In addition, she is also portrayed “as Queen of Peace and protectress in battle, the figure of Mary has been invoked as both champion of empires and Mother of the Church – and not infrequently in skirmishes between Church and State.”  

Reverend Dr. Dorian Llywelyn is a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, a theologian and author of Sacred Place, Chosen People: Land and National Identity in Welsh Spirituality and Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality. He currently teaches systematic theology at Heythrop College, University of London. 

For more information about the lecture or the Center for Catholic Studies, contact Michelle Ross at mross@fairfield.edu.

Upcoming lectures from the Center for Catholic Studies:

The 10th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
“Gospel Dynamics: When the Jewish Jesus Isn’t Enough”
Rabbi Michael J. Cook, PhD
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
The 10th Annual Commonweal Lecture
“The Politics of the Christian Creed”
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson
Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
“When the Nurse Becomes a Patient”
Cortney Davis, APRN
Co-sponsored by the School of Nursing
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room


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