Past Events

Previous Catholic Studies Events

Below is a listing of all Catholic Studies lectures by semester since spring 2005. The majority of Catholic Studies lectures are recorded and are available on DVD for private viewing. To borrow a DVD, please contact Michelle Ross.

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Spring 2005

Are you a "Cafeteria Catholic" and What's Wrong With That?

February 16, 7 p.m.

Ministry, Lay and Ordained
Paul Lakeland, PhD, Aloysius P. Kelley Professor of Catholic Studies
February 19, 9:30 a.m.

Inauguration of the Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies
Guest speaker and honorary degree recipient: George Deninis O'Brien, president emeritus, University of Rochester
March 2, 7:30 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theater

What are They Saying About Capital Punishment?
March 16, 7 p.m.Mary in the Church Today

Mary in the Church Today
Nancy Dallavalle, PhD, associate professor of Religious Studies
March 19, 9:30 a.m.

Mary Gordon headshot‌The 2005 Bellarmine Lecture by a Distinguished Jesuit Scholar
Four Cultures of the West
John W. O'Malley, S.J., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
March 30, 8 p.m., Barone Campus Center Oak Room

First Annual Lecture on Catholicism and the Arts
Flannery's Kiss
Mary Gordon
April 4, 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theater

Life After Death
Dr. John Thiel, professor of Religious Studies
April 9, 9:30 a.m.

What Are They Saying About Stem-Cell Research?
April 13, 7 p.m.


 

Fall 2005

Living Theology 1: Forty Years After Vatican II, A Panel PresentationSister Nancy Murray on October 5th, 2005

Paul Lakeland (Fairfield University): How Has Vatican II Been "Received?
Elena Procario Foley (Iona College): "Vatican II, Catholics and Jews"
Fr. John Baran (St. Anthony of Padua, Fairfield): "Vatican II in the Pews"
September 24, 9:30 a.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Catherine of Siena, brought to life by Sister Nancy Murray, OP
October 5, 3:30 p.m., Barone Campus Center Oak Room
Elizabeth Ann Dreyer, Fairfield University

The 5th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Medieval Women Mystics: Weird or Wonderful?
Elizabeth Ann Dreyer, Fairfield University
October 5, 8 p.m., Quick Center Kelley Theater

The Eucharist in a Violent World
John Baldovin, S.J., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
October 12, 8 p.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Living Theology 2: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Biblical Studies Meets the Quest for the Historical Jesus
Hugh Humphrey, Fairfield University
October 15, 9:30 a.m., School of Nursing Auditorium

Churches, Church and Religions: Forty Years After Vatican II
Roger Haight, S.J., Union Theological Seminary, New York City
November 9, 8 p.m., Baron Campus Center Oak Room

Living Theology 3: Recent Developments in Catholic Ethical Teaching
Frank Hannafey, S.J., Fairfield University
November 12, 9:30 a.m., School of Nursing Auditorium

The 12th Annual Christopher F. Mooney Lecture on Church, Religion and Society
Vatican II American Catholics: The Middle of the Journey
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Fordham University

November 16, 8 p.m., Quick Center Kelley Theater

 

Spring 2006

Jesuit Jubilee Year: December 3rd '05-December 3rd '06

Celebrating the spirit of these founders of the Society of Jesus:

St. Francis Xavier - born 7 April, 1506 at Javier in Navarre
Blessed Peter Faber - born 13 April 1506 in Villaret in Savoie
St. Ignatius Loyola - died 31 July, 1556 in Rome

Fairfield University hosted several events throughout the year that commemorated this occasion:

Ignatius Loyola and Renaissance Humanism
Ronald Modras, PhD, St. Louis University
Wednesday, February 8, 2006, DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multi-Media Room, 8 p.m.
Rev. Dean Brackley headshot

Academic Convocation
Honorary Degree Recipient: Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., Universidad Centroamiercana (UCA) in El Salvador
Wednesday, February 15, 2006, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theater, 4 p.m.

Here Come the Evangelical Catholics
William Portier, PhD, University of Dayton
Wednesday, March 1, 2006, Barone Campus Center Oak Room 4:30 p.m.

Tattoos on the Heart: Putting a Human Face on Gang Members
Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries
Tuesday, March 28, 2006Barone Campus Center, Oak Room, 8 p.m.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Catholic Studies

Listening to the Voices of HIV/AIDS
Rev. James Keenan, S.J., Boston College
Thursday, March 30, 2006, Charles F. Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

 

Jubilee Year Events (Spring 2006)

Companions of Jesus, companions of mission

Ignatius Loyola and Renaissance Humanism
Ronald Modras, PhD, St. Louis University
Wednesday, February 8, 2006, DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room, 8 p.m.

Academic Convocation
Honorary Degree Recipient: Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., Universidad Centroamiercana (UCA) in El Salvador
Wednesday, February 15, 2006, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theater, 4 p.m.

Here Come the Evangelical Catholics
William Portier, PhD, University of Dayton
Wednesday, March 1, 2006, Barone Campus Center Oak Room 4:30 p.m.

Religious Issues in American Public Life
Peggy Noonan
Wednesday, March 22, 2006, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts Kelley Theater, 8 p.m.
Peggy Noonan
Co-Sponsored by Catholic Studies

Tattoos on the Heart: Putting a Human Face on Gang Members
Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries
Tuesday, March 28, 2006, Barone Campus Center Oak Room, 8 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and Catholic Studies

Listening to the Voices of HIV/AIDS
Rev. James Keenan, S.J. Boston College
Thursday, March 30, 2006, Charles F. Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Torture, Terrorism, and Security
Rev. John Perry, S.J. and Al Pierce, PhD
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
Lower BCC, 12:30-2 p.m. (Panel Presentation)
Ignatian College Commons, 3-4:30 (Open Discussion)

Voices of the Faithful Symposium
Saturday, April 29

 

Fall 2006

Jeanette Rodriguez headshotListening to the Voices of Others: Latina Women's Religious Experience
Cultural Memory: Resistance, Faith and Identity
Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, University of Seattle
Tuesday, September 19, 2007, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Listening to the Voices of Others: Latina Women's Religious Experience
Option for the Poor - Option for Women Today: Feminist Theological Perspectives
Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino, PhD, University of San Diego
Wednesday, October 4, 2007, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theater, 8 p.m.
Co-sponsored with the O'Callaghan Lecture Series

San Ignacio, An Opera by Domenico Zipoli
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25, please contact Carolyn Arnold for more details at (203) 254-4000 ext. 3415

Listening to the Voices of Others: Latina Women's Religious Experience
On Becoming the Other
Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, University of Miami
Wednesday, October 25, 2007, Dolan School of Business, Dining Room, 8 p.m.

The 13th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J., Lecture on Chrch, Religion, and Society
The Dangerous Imaginations of Mid-Twentieth Century American Catholic Children
Robert Orsi, PhD, Harvard University
Wednesday, November 15
Dolan School of Business, Dining Room, 8 p.m.




 

Spring 2007

Lectures - Spring 2007

2007 Bellarmine Lecture
Catholic Identity Today
Rev. John Randall Sachs, S.J., Academic Dean, Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Wednesday, February 21, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room


American Muslim Women: Facts & Fiction
Dr. Ingrid Matson, Professor of Islamic Studies, Director of Islamic Chaplaincy, Hartford Seminary
Wednesday, February 28, 8:00 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Benedict XVI After Two Years
David Gibson, religion journalist and author of The Rule of Benedict
Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Judaism and Christianity: From Contempt to Pluralism and Partnership
Rabbi Irving Greenberg, President of The Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation
Monday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil
Emilie Townes, PhD, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, Yale Divinity School
Wednesday, March 28, 4:30 p.m.Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Fall 2007

Lectures - Fall 2007

Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Ten Things You Ought to Know About American Catholics
Dr. James Davidson '64, President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
7th Annual O'Callaghan Lecture
Toward Full Communion: Black Catholics in the RCC in the US
Jamie T. Phelps, OP, Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies and professor of systematic theology at Xavier University in Louisiana

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
2nd Annual Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Jesuits' Music, The City and the Jungle: Between Periphery and Center
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
14th Annual Mooney Lecture
Christian Ethics: Desiring Deeply Enough and Dissenting Clearly Enough in Response to the Horror of Our Times
Paula Cooey, PhD, Margaret Weyerhaeuser Harmon Professor of Religion at Macalester College

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Did St. Paul Abandon Judaism?
Dr. John Ashton, emeritus fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University

 

Spring 2008

Bellarmine Lecture
The Church in the 21st Century: Evangelical and Catholic
Mark Massa, S.J., Karl Rahner Distinguished Professor of Theology: Co-Director of THe Francis & Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

What the Gospels Meant
Garry Wills, New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner
Tuesday, February 26, 2008, Barone Campus Center, Oak Room, 7:30 p.m.
Author's Forum, Sponsored by the University College

Commonweal Lecture
Two Cheers for a Democratic Church!
George Dennis O'Brien, president emeritus of the University of Rochester & Bucknell University; chair of the board of the Wednesday, April 2, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.
George Dennis O'Brien, President Emeritus of the University of Rochester & Bucknell University; Chair of the Board of the Commonweal Foundation

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Creation in an Evolutionary World
Alejandro Garcia Rivera, Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar
Thursday, April 3, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Religious Literacy
Stephen Prothero, PhD, chair, Department of Religious Studies at Boston University
Thursday, April 10, 2008. Barone Campus Center Oak Room, 8 p.m.

2nd Annual Lecture on Jewish-Christian Engagement
Jew or Christian: Who Wrote the Book of Revelation?
Elaine Pagels, professor of Religion at Princeton University
Wednesday, April 16, 2008, Barone Campus Center Oak Room, 8 p.m.
Co-Sponosored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

Special Events

Annual Catholic Studies/Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) Conference
Who Owns Our Chuch?
David O'Brien, professor emeritus from Holy Cross & Paul Lakeland, PhD from Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies
Saturday, April 26, 2008, Barone Campus Center Oak Room, 9:30 a.m.


Keynote Speakers:

Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Recovering the Spirit of Jesus
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, retired auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Australia
Saturday, May 24, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 10:30 a.m.
http://bishopgeoffrobinson.org/

Wisdom House, Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT
Exploring Catholic Culture: Interpreting Scripture
Presenter: John R. Donahue, S.J.
June 20-21, 2008
Program Begins: 3-6 p.m. Registration (June 20) 
Program Ends: 3:15 p.m. Blessing (June 21)

Living Theology Workshop
Spring 2008 Schedule

Religious Issues and the Election
Religious Issues and the Election. Panel discussion with Rick Ryscavage, S.J., director of the Center for Faith and Public Life, Don Greenberg, professor of Politics, and Jocelyn Boryczka, director of Peacen and Justice Studies and assistant professor of Politics. All panelists are from Fairfield University.
Saturday, February, 2008, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Library Multimedia Room

New Thinking About End Of Life Issues
Francis Hannafey, S.J., department chair and associate professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University.
Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Library Multimedia Room

Movies and the Catholic Imagination
Mark Scalese, S.J., professor of Film at Fairfield University
Saturday, April 5, 2008, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Library Multimedia Room

 

Fall 2008

The Continuing Significance of Humanae vitae: A Panel Discussion featuring Sidney Callahan & Pia de Solenni
Pia de Solenni, PhD, ethicist and moral theologian, and Sidney Callahan, PhD, professor and columnist at Commonweal
September 17, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.


Jeffrey P. Von Arx headshot‌‌‌‌‌Living Theology Workshop
‌‌‌Challenges of Catholic Higher Education Today
Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., president, Fairfield University
September 20, 2008, Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-Noon

8th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Icons and Integrity: Catholic Women in the Church and in the Public Square
Nancy Dallavalle, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
October 1, 2008, Quick Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.


Vows of Silence: A Film by Jason Berry
Screening and discussion led by the film's Writer, Producer and Director.
October 9, 2008, Quick Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Living Theology Workshop
October 18 , 2008, Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-noon

Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-noon

A shot from the Living Theology Workshop‌Women in the Church: Where are We Now?
 A panel discussion twenty years after Mulieris dignitatem featuring: Elizabeth Keenan, PhD, Joanne Bray, and Colleen Gibson '09

  • Dr. Elizabeth Keenan is associate professor in the Department of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University and Coordinator of the Pastoral Council at St. James Parish in Stratford.
  • Joanne Bray is a leader in the Women-Church movement and member of the National Board of the Women's Ordination Conference.
  • Colleen Gibson '09 is a double major in Religious Studies and American Studies & minor in Sociology and Catholic Studies, Commonweal Magazine Intern, and Co-Leader of Fairfield University's Eucharistic Ministers.

3rd Annual Catholicism & the Arts Lecture
The Gary-The Olivia Theater, An Expression of Benedictine Monasticism's Contribution to the Arts.
Mother Dolores Hart, Prioress, Abbey of Regina Laudis
October 29, 2008, Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre, 8 p.m.

Living Theology Workshop
The Psalms and the Wisdom Tradition
Angela Kim Harkins, PhD, assistant professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University 
November 15, 2008, Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-noon

15th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion and Society
Global Christianity
Lamin Sanneh, D Willis James Professor of World Christianity, Yale University Divinity SchoolWorld Christianity, Yale University Divinity School
November 19, 2008, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

 

 

Spring 2009

The Bellarmine Lecture: 
Laughing with the Saints: Joy, Humor, and Laughter in the Spiritual Life
Rev. James Martin, S.J., author of My Life with the Saints and associate editor of America Magazine
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 8 p.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Lenten Reflections
Rev. Leo O'Donovan, S.J., president emeritus, Georgetown University
Wednesdays: March 4, March 18, March 25, & April 15, 6-7 p.m. Egan Chapel

2nd Annual Commonweal Lecture: 
Conservative, Liberal, or Just Catholic? Religious Identity in a Pluralistic Age
Paul Baumann, editor, Commonweal Magazine
Thursday, March 26, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

3rd Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Benedict XVI and the Jews: Change or Continuity?
Rev. John Pawlikowski, professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union, director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Center, Chicago
Monday, March 30, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Women and the World: Putting Women Back in the Biblical Picture at the 2008 Synod
Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ, Executive Director, FutureChurch
Wednesday, April 1, 8 p.m. Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Mary of Magdala Celebration
Thursday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Egan Chapel

 

Fall 2009

Exploring Catholic Culture Workshop
Jesus and the Culture of Peace
John Dear, S.J., peace activist and lecturer

Presenter:

16th Annual Mooney Lecture
Something for Everyone: Gay Catholics as Good News for a Changing Church
James Alison, theologian and writer
Tuesday, September 22, 2009, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Office of Student Diversity Programs and ALLIANCE

9th Annual O'Callaghan Lecture
Agenda for Women in the 21st Century Church
Margaret Farley, professor of Christian Ethics Emerita, Yale University Divinity School
Wednesday, October 7, 2009, Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
There will be a reception and book signing following the lecture

4th Annual Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Sacrament of Self: Catholic Roots of Contemporary Memoir
Patricia Hampl, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, October 28, 2009, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

What Happened at Vatican II
John O'Malley, S.J., professor, Georgetown University
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.




 

Spring 2010

2010 Bellarmine Lecture
The Quaran and Culture: Conflicting Models of a Relationship

Rev. Patrick J. Ryan, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley professor of Religion and Society, Fordham University
Wednesday, February 10
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

AIDS orphans in Africa
Sister Mary Beth Lloyd, M.P.F, international mission director
Tuesday, February 16, 5 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

4th Annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture
The Seduction of Eve: Why did she do it?
 
Reuven Kimelman, PhD, professor of Classical Judaica, Brandeis University
Tuesday, March 16
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

3rd Annual Commonweal Magazine Lecture
Law, Morality, and the Culture Wars

Dr. Cathleen Kaveny, John P. Murphy Foundation professor of law and professor of Theology, Notre Dame University
Wednesday, March 24
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Ricci's Legacy: The Perils of Success
Jonathan Spence, PhD, Sterling professor of History Emeritus, Yale University
Tuesday, April 6 
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Saints, Spirits, and Madonnas: The Everyday Religion of Latina Culture
Michelle Gonzalez, PhD, assistant professor of Religious Studies, University of Miami
Wednesday, April 7
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 6 p.m.


Living Theology Workshops

The Subversive news of the Kingdom: A look at the Parables of Jesus
Rev. Gerry Blaszcak S.J., University chaplain, Fairfield University
Saturday, April 17
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
9:30 a.m.-noon

Movies and the Catholic Imagination, The Sequel
Rev. Mark Scalese, S.J., assistant professor of New Media, Fairfield University
Saturday, February 13 
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
9:30 a.m.-noon

Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion
Donna Freitas, PhD
Saturday, March 13
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room
9:30 a.m.-noon

 

Fall 2010

Two Cardinals: John Henry Newman, Henry Edward Manning and the Victorian Catholic Church
Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., president, Fairfield University
Thursday, September 9
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

The 5th Annual Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Language Feasts: Breaking Bread with the Dead

Thomas Lynch, poet, essayist, and funeral director
Tuesday, September 14
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian: The Challenge of Global Religious Citizenship
Paul Knitter, the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary
Monday, September 20
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

The 10th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Reservoirs of Hope and Resilience: Catholic Women's Witness

Kristin Heyer, associate professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University
Wednesday, October 6
Quick Center for the Arts, Kelley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

The 17th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, and Society
Global Evils or the Common Good: Is There Any Hope?
Lisa Sowle Cahill, The J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
Wednesday, November 10
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

Living Theology Workshops

The Catholic Church: Politics and Civil Society
Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. professor of Catholic Studies
Saturday, September 25
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-Noon

The Gospel of John: Mainstream, Marginal, or Maverick?
Martin Lang, professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus
Saturday, October 16
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-Noon

Christianity: Advancing Jesus' Message of Social Justice
Rev. David Spollett, pastor, First Church Congregational (UCC), Fairfield, CT
Saturday, November 20
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-Noon

 

Spring 2011

The 2011 Bellarmine Lecture
The Global War on Terror: Who Wins? Who Loses?
G. Simon Harak, S.J., director, Marquette University Center for Peacemaking
Tuesday, February 8
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

The 4th Annual Commonweal Lecture
The Enchantments of Mammon: Corporate Capitalism and the American Moral Imagination
Eugene McCarraher, assistant professor of Humanities and History, Villanova University
Wednesday, March 30
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

The 5th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
The Death of Jesus and the Revival of Jewish-Christian Relations
Mary C. Boys, the Skinner and McAlpin professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary
Tuesday, April 5
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 7:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies

Is the Pope Catholic? Reflections on the Challenges of Leading a Global Church
Richard Gaillardetz, the Margaret and Thomas Murray and James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo
Wednesday, April 13
Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 8 p.m.

 

Living Theology Workshops

Five Features of Catholic Spirituality
Rev. Terrance Klein, visiting professor of Religious Studies
Saturday, February 19
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-noon

The Last Judgment ... and More
Dr. John Thiel, professor of Religious Studies
Saturday, March 12
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-noon

The Church and Young Catholics: Is There A Future?
Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter columnist
Saturday, April 16
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room 9:30 a.m.-noon

 

Fall 2011

Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church
Jason Berry, investigative reporter and playwright
Thursday, September 15, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Wisdom House Conference
Exploring Catholic Culture: An Imaginative Word
Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Dominican friar and author
September 23-24
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT

The 11th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Can Catholic Women Revitalize the Church?
Michele Dillon, professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire
Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center for the Arts

The 18th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society
Imagining Ourselves in Heaven
John Thiel, professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America
Tuesday, October 11, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

More Than a Monologue Conference Series
The Care of Souls: Sexual Diversity, Celibacy, and Ministry
Speakers: Donald Cozzens, John Carroll University; Sr. Jeannine Gramick, New Ways Ministries; Mark Jordan, Harvard University Divinity School. 
Saturday, October 29
www.morethanamonologue.org

The 2011 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Making Things Up: A Catholic Writer's Beginnings
Ron Hansen, Gerard Manley Hopkins S.J., professor of English, Santa Clara University
Wednesday, November 9, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Living Theology Workshops

The Book of Isaiah

Angela Harkins, assistant professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
Saturday, September 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Marriage Today: Sacred Covenant, or Do-It-Yourself Project?
Nancy Dallavalle, PhD, associate professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
Saturday, November 12, 9:30 a.m.-noon
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

 

Spring 2012

The 2012 Bellarmine Lecture
Olivier Messiaen: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A concert lecture by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., associate professor of History, Loyola University Chicago
Wednesday, February 1, 8 p.m.
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola

The 6th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Opening the Covenant: A Jewish Theology of Christianity
Michael S. Kogan, professor of Religion, Montclair State University
Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Women & Catholicism
Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence, Hofstra University
Wednesday, March 28, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 5th Annual Commonweal Lecture
The Ellsworth Outrage (1854): or How the Tarring and Feathering of a Jesuit Priest Helps Us Understand the Relationship Between Catholicism and the Modern World
John McGreevy, author of Catholicism and American Freedom, and dean of the College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Living Theology Workshops

Saturday, February 11
Jews in the Christian Imagination
Franklin Harkins, assistant professor of Theology, Fordham University
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Saturday, March 3
Islam in America
Martin Nguyen, assistant professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
Women, Children, and the United Nations
Maureen Fleming, SSND, pastoral minister, St. Luke's, Westport
DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

Fall 2012

Wisdom House Conference
Vatican II: An Unexpected Revolution
Featuring Maureen Sullivan, OP, Paul Lakeland, and Most Rev. Peter Rosazza
Friday, September 28, 6 p.m. - Saturday, September 29, 3 p.m.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, CT

Throw Open the Windows: Fairfield University Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council
October 3-10, 2012

The 12th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Conciliar Women: Precedents and Portents
Francine Cardman, associate professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Boston College
Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Quick Center Kelley Theater

Why Priests Are Happy
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor of Pastoral Studies and associate dean for Seminary and Ministerial Programs, The Catholic University of America
Tuesday, October 9, 4:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Was Vatican II the Last Ecumenical Council?
Paul Lakeland, Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. professor of Catholic Studies and director of the Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University
Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 19th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society
American Catholic Citizenship: 2012
Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of Politics, The Catholic University of America
Thursday, October 25, 8 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room


The 7th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement

When Christians were Jews
Paula Fredriksen, Aurelio Chair Emerita of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University
Monday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room


Living Theology Workshops

The Challenges of Contemporary Religious Life
Sr. Mary Hughes, OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville and recent president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Saturday, September 22

Franciscan Spirituality and Social Justice: What does it mean to be in right relationship with God, each other, and all of creation?
Patrick Carolan, executive director of Franciscan Action Network
Saturday, October 27

The Catholic Church in America: Four Problems
Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., University Chaplain, Fairfield University
Saturday, December 1

 

Spring 2013

The 2013 Bellarmine Lecture
The Elusiveness of God in a Wary Age
Paul Crowley, S.J., professor of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University
School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, February 13

Age to Age: Generations of Faith
A concert with Steve Angrisano, Dan Schutte, and Curtis Stephan
Co-Sponsored by St. Anthony of Padua Parish and the Center for Catholic Studies
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola, Fairfield University
Friday, February 15

When Catholics Change Their Minds about Faith: Disaffiliation and 'Deconversion' in the Church Today
Patrick Hornbeck, assistant professor of Theology at Fordham University, and Thomas Beaudoin, associate professor of Religion & Religious Education at Fordham University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, March 20

The 6th Annual Commonweal Lecture
Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, distinguished professor of Theology, Fordham University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, April 17

Why Catholic? Why Now?
David Gibson, award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker
Hosted by current Religious Studies students
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, April 24

 

Living Theology Workshops

Student Activism and the Jesuit Tradition
Julie Mughal, Fairfield University
Saturday, February 2

How Did the Nuns End Up on the Bus?
A viewing of the film Band of Sisters followed by a discussion with Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP and Sr. Rosemarie Greco, DW, of the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
Saturday, March 2

Is Service Serving Faith?
Elyse Raby and Jocelyn Collen, Fairfield University
Saturday, April 6

 

Fall 2013

The 13th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Women as Celebrants and Interpreters of Catholic Liturgy: From Sacrosanctum Concilium to Cyberspace
Teresa Berger
Kelley Theater, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Wednesday, October 2
 
The 2013 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
From Space to Place: the Landscapes of Jesuit Higher Education
Rev. Thomas Lucas, S.J.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, October 23
 
The 20th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society
Buying the Field: Women Religious in a Renewing Church
Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Tuesday, November 19
 

 Living Theology Workshops

Pope Francis–How Is He Doing?
Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University
Saturday, September 14
 
The Pelvis and the Pulpit: Is the Church Wrong About Sex? Panel discussion
Wednesday, October 16
 
The Stories We Tell: Catholic and Protestant Views of Christian History
John Slotemaker, Fairfield University
Saturday, November 16

 

 

Spring 2014

2014 Bellarmine Lecture
St. Robert Bellarmine: A Man for Our Time
Rev. Michael Fahey, S.J., Fairfield University 
Kelley Center Presentation Room
Tuesday, January 28
 
The 8th Annual Commonweal Lecture 
Hammer Is the Prayer: Radical Doubt, Realistic Faith
Christian Wiman, Yale Divinity School 
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Wednesday, March 5
 
The 8th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture
Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University 
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Thursday, April 10
 

 Living Theology Workshops

Catholic Marriage in Today's World
Panel discussion
Saturday, February 8
 
Is Faith Important?
A Student-Faculty Conversation"
Wednesday, March 12
 
Catholicism and the Movies
Rev. Mark P. Scalese, S.J., Fairfield University
Saturday, April 26

 

Fall 2014

Just Water: Theology, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis
Christiana Peppard, Fordham University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 
The 14th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Cuéntame: Counting (and Recounting) the Latino Presence in US Catholicism
Natalia Imperatori Lee, Manhattan College
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
 
The 2014 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Imagination and Passion in Christian Spirituality: Lessons for Writers from the Ignatian Exercises
Mary Karr, poet and memoirist, Syracuse University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
 
The 21st Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society
On Calling a Diocesan Synod: Hopes and Dreams
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport
Quick Center Kelley Theater
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
 

 Living Theology Workshops: Interfaith Questions

What is Religious Freedom?
An Interfaith Panel discussion, Fairfield University
September 20, 2014
 
Is There Life After Death?
An Interfaith Panel discussion
October 22, 2014
 
Giving Up Religion: Why Do People Do It?
An Interfaith Panel Discussion
Saturday, November 15

 

Spring 2015

2015 Bellarmine Lecture
On All Sides of a Controversy: The Jesuits-Suppression and Revival
Rev. John W Padberg, S.J., Institute of Jesuit Sources, University of St. Louis
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fairfield University Center for Catholic Studies-Voice of the Faithful Conference
A Place of Mercy Freely Given: Pope Francis’s Vision of the Church
Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Saturday, March 14, 2015
 
The 9th Annual Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture
From Enemy to Brother: The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews
John Connelly, University of California Berkley
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
 
The 9th Annual Commonweal Lecture
The Catholic Writer and the Madness of Art
Alice McDermott, novelist
Dolan School of Business Dining Room 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
 

 Living Theology Workshops

Become Who You Are: Women, Baptism and the Post-Vatican II Church
Rita Ferrone, editor, The Yale ISM Review
Saturday, February 7
 
How Catholic is Fairfield University?
Panel Discussion
March 4, 2015
 
Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity: Catholic Social Justice Post Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and…
Rev. Bryan Massingale, Marquette University
April 22, 2015

 

Fall 2015

Lectures - Fall 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The 15th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
Spiritual Friendship: The Example of Elisabeth Leseur and Soeur Marie Goby
Dr. Janet Ruffing, R.S.M., Yale Divinity School

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The 2015 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
Mozart: Catholic Enlightenment in a Musical Key
Rev. Dr. Steffen Lösel, Emory Candler School of Theology

Wednesday, November 04, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Elective Affinities and Conversion: The Virgin Mary and Mazu cults in Late Imperial China
Dr. Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia, The Pennsylvania State University

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The 22st Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society
Who Is My Neighbor? Race, Culture, and Human Life
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
FutureChurch Trivison Award and Lecture
Dr. Paul Lakeland, Fairfield University

 

Spring 2016

The 2016 Bellarmine Lecture
Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.
“O Victorious General, Invincible in War”: The Virgin Mary, the Church, and the State.”
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 10th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement
Rabbi Michael J. Cook, Ph.D.
“Gospel Dynamics: When the Jewish Jesus Isn’t Enough”
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 10th Annual Commonwealth Lecture
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, R.W., Emory Candler School of Theology
Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

“When the Nurse Becomes a Patient”
Cortney Davis
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Fall 2016

The 10th Annual Commonweal Lecture
The Politics of the Christian Creed
Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Candler School of Theology at Emory University
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

The 16th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church
The Courage to Love: Christian Witness in a Weighted World
Dr. Jeannine Fletcher
Fordham University
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

The 23rd Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society
The Place of Religion in the Presidential Election
Dr. Mark Silk
Trinity College
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

The 2016 Catholicism & the Arts Lecture
Catherine of Siena: A Woman of Our Times
Nancy Murray, OP
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Spring 2017

The 2017 Bellarmine Lecture
"Fairfield University 1942-2017: Seventy-Five Years and Counting!"
Rev. Tom Regan, S.J., Loyola University, Chicago
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Jewish-Christian Engagement Event
Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank
Performed by Soprano, Arianna Zukerman the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Quick Center Kelly Theatre

 

11th Annual Commonweal Lecture
Confessions of a Catholic Interloper: From Sister Thomasina to Martin Scorsese
Rand Cooper, Fiction writer, critic and essayist
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Fall 2017

The 17th Annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture
on Women in the Church

Violence Against Women: A Crucified People
Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry
Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Jewish-Christian Engagement Lecture
Was Luther’s Jesus a Jew?
Dr. Kirsi Stjerna, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

The 24th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture
in Theology, Religion & Society

Writing the History of the Impossible: Catholic Miracles in the Age of the Reformations
Carlos Eire, Yale University
Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, and the Discovery of Fake News
Dayton Haskin, Boston College
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

 

Spring 2018

The 2018 Bellarmine Lecture
“Flannery O’Connor: Acts of Redemption”
Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Barone Campus Center Dogwood Room

The 2018 Catholicism and the Arts Lecture
“Sociable Solitude in the Internet Age”
Amy Hungerford, Yale University
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

12th Annual Commonweal Lecture
“The Commonweal Tradition”
Paul Baumann, editor of Commonweal
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room

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