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Book Launch: Emily Reimer-Barry

Thursday,May 14, 2015 at 4:00pm- Salomon Hall

Join us in celebrating Emily Reimer Barry's book; Catholic Theology of Marriage in the Era of HIV and AIDS: Marriage for Life which argues that women living with HIV have much to contribute to the church’s ongoing reflection on Christian discipleship and marriage. Drawing on qualitative research and recent scholarship in theological ethics, Emily Reimer-Barry develops a renewed theology of marriage that is life-affirming for couples. This work describes how church teachings can develop in response to the challenges faced by married couples today and explains how parish communities can better respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in our midst.

Emily Reimer-Barry, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where she teaches courses in Catholic Theology and Christian Ethics.

Cookies and Coffee will be available for your enjoyment. 

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Medieval-Renaissance Studies Annual Lecture: "Who Were the Cathars?" by R.I. Moore, PhD

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4:00pm- Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

The Medieval-Renaissance Studies Program presents its annual lecture with R.I. Moore, PhD, "Who Were the Cathars?". A reception in the lobby will follow the lecture.

The Cathars of the Languedoc (southern France) are famous today as victims of the Albigensian crusade and the early inquisition -- except that nobody in the middle ages called them Cathars, and scholars now question the very existence of any such sect or heresy.  But there is no doubt that the burnings and the massacres were real.  In this lecture R. I. Moore, Professor Emeritus of History at Newcastle University and author of The War on Heresy, will consider afresh who the victims were, and why they were so cruelly persecuted.

All are welcome to attend!

For more information, please contact either Dr. Thomas Barton, or (619) 260-4042, or Dr. Maura Giles-Watson, or (619) 260-4286.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Medieval-Renaissance Studies Program, and Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Sisters of Selma

sisters of selma movie

Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. - Executive Classroom, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

This film documents the role of Catholic Women Religious in the famed Selma March of 1965. The film claims that “never before in American history had vowed Catholic women made so public a political statement.” The film will be followed by an open discussion including commentary on the role of the Religious of the Sacred Heart.

This event is free and open to the public

Catholic News Round Up

Thursday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. - Hahn University Center, Room 107

Please join us for an open forum to discuss current Catholic news developments. Sister Tobie Tondi of Theology and Religious Studies and Timothy Clark of Chemistry and Biochemistry will serve as commentators to direct and inspire our conversation.

Come and discuss items such as the appointment of Robert McElroy as next Bishop of San Diego, Pope Francis’ call for a Holy Year of Mercy, the Vatican’s use of the just war doctrine to combat ISIS, the canonization of Junipero Serra, the upcoming Synod on the Family, and anything else of interest.

This event is free, open to students. Cookies and coffee will be available for your enjoyment.

Romero Week: Love Must Win Out


Tuesday, March 24- 7:00pm IPJ Theatre

Life & Legacy Panel: Kevin Clarke, senior editor of America  magazine, will speak on the Life and Legacy of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in honor of the 35th anniversary of Romero’s martyrdom. Clarke is the author of a recent biography of Archbishop Romero, Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out, published by Liturgical Press as part of their “People of God” series.

Clarke will be joined by panelists, Dr. Patricia Marquez, Dean of the School of Peace Studies, and Father Peter Gyves, SJ, Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in San Diego. This panel is particularly timely in light of the Vatican Commission’s recent designation of Archbishop Romero as a martyr for the faith, an important step on the way to sainthood.

Oscar Romero "Unblocked"- by Kevin Clarke

Wednesday, March 25- 12:30pm Founders Faculty Lounge

Brown Bag Lunch with Kevin Clarke: Faculty and staff are invited to meet Kevin Clarke in an open discussion on Archbishop Romero and his legacy, as well related, contemporary topics.

The Mass for Peace on Wednesday March 25th will be offered in remembrance of Archbishop Romero. 9pm, Founders Chapel

Thursday, March 26- 5:30pm Salomon Hall

Movie Screening: The documentary Monseñor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero will be shown, followed by a guided discussion. The film contains rare recordings and film footage including Romero’s moving last homily before he was murdered, calling for an end to killings by Salvadoran soldiers.

To pre-register for any of the Romero Week Events please click here . All evening events are free of charge and open to the public.

Event series sponsored by the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture, the Center for Christian Spirituality, and University Ministry

Click here for an article on Archbishop Romero by Kevin Clarke

Click here for a list of USD Library resources on Archbishop Romero

Transformation of a Missionary: Junipero Serra

Friday, March 13- 5:30pm. KIPJ Conference Room C

serra book cover

Join the CCTC & the History Department as we welcome Robert Senkewicz and Rose Marie Beebe of Santa Clara University who will speak on their new book, Junipero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary. They focus on Junipero Serra's religious identity and his relations with Native peoples. 

Thursday March 12th, Senkewicz and Beebe will be speaking about their book at the Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside at 7:00 pm.

Both events are free and open to the public. No RSVP required.The book will be available for purchase at both events. 

Please feel free to email with any questions.

Lessons and Carols

A Festival in Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

AngelFriday, December 5, 2014 at 7:30pm

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00pm

Founders Chapel

*This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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Fall 2014 Switgall Lecture: "How Does God Dwell in Our Love of Each Other"

Timothy Radcliffe, OP

Monday, September 29, 2014

Camino Hall, Shiley Theatre

7:00 pm

Cost: $10

Click here to register online

Center for Christian Spirituality, Religious of the Sacred Heart Lecture

Timothy Radcliffe, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Dominican order is an itinerant preacher and lecturer based at Blackfriars, Oxford.

He was former master of the worldwide Dominican order and professor at Oxford University and has also been active in the peace movement, ministry to people with AIDS, and advocacy for human rights. He spends most of his year giving retreats, lectures and conference keynote addresses in the UK and overseas. All over the world, he is well known for his approachable language, depth of thinking, and strong sense of humor. His writings and lectures stretch minds and warm hearts as he offers guidance and encouragement along the journey of orienting one’s life toward God. He is a gifted presenter and his words have inspired people in hundreds of countries.

Through the lens of the Catholic faith, Fr. Radcliffe explains how Christianity is an invitation to a particular freedom and happiness - the happiness that is God being God. All Christians claim that God is love. We know that our love of each other is human, but we can undervalue how it is also a sharing in the life of God. Along with Pope Francis, Fr. Radcliffe resists the culture of individualism and assures us that by stretching ourselves open to love others, we share in the life and love that is God. He will offer practical insight and wisdom into becoming more alive by discovering how to love well.

Click here for a biography.

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