Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Videos and Photos of Past Events

"God, Darwin, and Design: America's Continuing Problem with Evolution"

Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D., Cell Biologist, professor at Brown University

Friday, October 30th,  2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Shiley Theatre, with simulcast into The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Ken Miller's Presenation

Ken Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and a practicing Roman Catholic. He has coauthored four high school and college biology textbooks and published numerous articles in leading scientific journals. In 2007, he received the Exploratorium’s Outstanding Educator Award and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Reminiscent of the Scopes Monkey Trial, he was called to the witness stand in 2005 in Dover, PA where one of his textbooks had become the center of controversy when the local school board reacted against teaching the theory of Evolution in favor of Intelligent Design. He is the best-selling author of Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul.


"God and the Mystery of the Universe: What Science Can Teach Us About God"

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., Curator of the Vatican's Meteorite Collection

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium

Dr. Consolmagno's Presentation

From the campus of MIT to classrooms in Kenya, from the Blue Ice of Antarctica to the observatory atop Castel Gandolfo, Prof. Consolmagno has found that as his understanding of the Universe and its workings deepens, so does his awe of its Creator.

Prof. Consolmagno obtained his B.S. and M.S. from MIT in Earth and Planetary Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He has taught at the Harvard College Observatory and MIT and since 1993 works at the Vatican Observatory as curator of the Vatican’s Meteorite Collection.

Prof. Consolmagno has authored/coauthored five books, numerous scholarly articles and has served on the governing boards of various astronomical societies. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in his honor: “4597 Consolmagno”.


Lessons and Carols: A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Founders Chapel

December 4, 5, and 7, 2008

Lessons and Carols 2008

"Lessons and Carols" is a Christmas service that dates back over one hundred years. Through poignant readings from the Old and New Testaments interspersed with beautiful music, the congregation is invited to reflect on the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history. The celebration begins with the Magnificat, the Blessed Virgin Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth's praise of her faith. The Magnificat sets the theme for the entire celebration: indeed, God has done great things for us through the child He sent to us through Mary; "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him"; He has remembered His covenant with Israel and the promise of a Messiah.

The celebration continues with the readings from the Old Testament, "The Promises", which explain the Fall of Man, the need for a Saviour, and foretell the coming of the Messiah. The New Testament readings, "The Promises Fulfilled", tell the story of the Nativity of Jesus, the promised Messiah. The carols and hymns between the readings include "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "Joy to the World", "Angels We Have Heard on High", and "What Child is This".