Past Lectures

2017

"The foolishness of God is wiser than men." —1 Cor 1:25

Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto
The Child Saints of Fatima: On the Occasion of their Canonization
Sr. Ann Astell, Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Philip Neri
God’s Humorist
Leonard DeLorenzo, Director of Notre Dame Vision
McGrath Institute for Church Life

St. Rose of Lima
Mother of the Poor
Jessica Keating, Director of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives
McGrath Institute for Church Life

Ven. Solanus Casey and St. André Bessette  
Doorkeepers for God: On the Occasion of the Beatification of Ven. Solanus Casey
Fr. Kevin Grove, C.S.C., Assistant Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

Blessed Miguel Pro
The "Folly" of Martyrdom
Timothy Matovina, Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Robert Southwell, S.J.
A Eucharistic Poet
Timothy P. O’Malley, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy
McGrath Institute for Church Life

St. Nicholas
Miracle Worker and Gift Giver
Gabriel Radle replaced Lawrence S. Cunningham

2016

Saints for the Year of Mercy

St. Joseph
A Father Rich in Mercy
John C. Cavadini, Director, McGrath Institute for Church Life; Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Faustina
The Divine Mercy of Vilnius and Priestly Self-Offering
Sr. Ann Astell, Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Teresa of Calcutta
On the Occasion of her Canonization
Leonard DeLorenzo, Director, Notre Dame Vision; Department of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Maximilian Kolbe
Saint of Auschwitz
Jessica Keating, Director, Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives, Notre Dame

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam
Founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Apostle of Charity 
Lawrence S. Cunningham, O'Brien Chair of Theology, Emeritus, Notre Dame

St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Wife, Mother, Queen, Champion of Mercy
Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C., Assistant Director, Life Sciences Research & Outreach, Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, Notre Dame

2015

Saints Who Spoke Up and Spoke Out

Thomas More: Saint in a Time of Political and Cultural Crisis
Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

Catherine of Siena as Woman of the Word: "It is Silence that Kills the World"
Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Professor of Systematic Theology, Notre Dame

Thomas Merton: The Contemplative as Activist
Lawrence S. Cunningham, O'Brien Chair of Theology, Emeritus, Notre Dame

Blessed Oscar Romero: Bearing Witness to the Good News of Jesus
Margaret Pfeil, Associate Professional Specialist, Department of Theology & the Center for Social Concerns, Notre Dame

Augustine: Saint of Suspicion
John C. Cavadini, Director, Institute for Church Life; Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Reformer: Speaking up for Catholic Tradition
Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J., Huisking Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

2014

"Thank God for the saints whose feast days come around and remind us that we too are called to be saints." - Dorothy Day

"Mary" at Notre Dame
Lawrence S. Cunningham, O'Brien Chair of Theology Emeritus, Notre Dame

Theologian and More: Thomas Aquinas the Saint
Fr. Anthony Giambrone, O.P., Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Theology

A Family of Saints: Thérèse of Lisieux and her Parents, as encountered by Dorothy Day (Thérèse, 1960)
Katie Cavadini, Assistant Chair, Department of Theology, Director, M.A. Program.

Saints as Popes: The Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology, Notre Dame

The Holy Family: Images in Art
Dianne Phillips, Independent Scholar, South Bend

2013

Year of Faith

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943): Farmer, Conscientious Objector, and Martyr
Robert A. Krieg, Professor, Systematic Theology, University of Notre Dame

Four Women Martyrs of El Salvador: Ita Ford, Dorothy Kazel, Jean Donovan, Maura Clark
Margaret Pfeil, Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment, Department of Theology and Center for Social Concerns

Today's Christian Martyrs: Learning from the Sant'Egidio Icon of the New Martyrs
Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Sciences and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Fr. Stanley Rother, Servus Dei: "A Shepherd Cannot Abandon His People"
Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology; University of Notre Dame; classmate of Fr. Stanley Rother

The Communion of Saints: Where Love of God Becomes Love of Neighbor
Leonard DeLorenzo, Director, Notre Dame Vision

2012

Archbishop Oscar Romero, Servus Dei
Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture, University of Notre Dame

St. Hildegard of Bingen: 35th Doctor of the Church
Margot Fassler

On Angels
Lawrence S. Cunningham, O’Brien Chair of Theology Emeritus, University of Notre Dame

Joan of Arc at the University: God, Country, and Notre Dame
Sister Ann Astell, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

All Saints: The Communion of Saints in the Theology of Benedict XVII
Cyril O'Regan, Catherine Huisking Chair of Catholic Theology, University of Notre Dame

The Two Newest American Saints: Kateri Tekakwitha and Mother Marianne Cope
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, and Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

2011

St. Teresa of Avila: First Woman Doctor of the Church
Keith J. Egan, Ph.D., Aquinas Chair of Catholic Theology Emeritus, St. Mary's College.

Edith Stein and the Dark Night
Cyril O'Regan

St. Francis of Assisi: In His Own Words
Lawrence S. Cunningham

Blessed John Paul II and All the Saints
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, and Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

2010

Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Holiness of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Lawrence S. Cunningham

Miracles at the Door: Brother Andre and St. Joseph
John C. Cavadini

John Henry Newman: The Validity of Holiness in the Modern World
Cyril O'Regan