Current Events, Talks, and Videos

This section contains references to upcoming events and available sources that might be of interest. (Updated on July 20, 2020)

1. NEWS: Homily for ordination of Aux. Bishop Bejarano: ‘Our mission must not be one of recovery but of transformation’

by Aida Bustos, July 14, 2020, The Southern Cross, The Official News Site of the Diocese of San Diego

2. Center for Migration Studies of New York - 2020 Virtual Gala - September 22, 2020

Please join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) as we celebrate another successful year of promoting evidence-based public policies that protect the rights of migrants, newcomers, and refugees. This year’s gala will honor the outstanding contributions of immigrant essential workers and the inspirational achievements of leaders in the field of international migration.

CMS’s 2020 Annual Gala will take place virtually.  We hope you’ll join us for this live event on September 22nd from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (ET). The event is free to attend.

To register or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please fill
out the form at:

3. Sisters in Spirit: A monthly series for women from San Damian Retreat Center

We will look at these women scripturally, historically, and spiritually and find our similarities and differences. No bibles or books required, simply your presence and your thoughts and experiences. We will have time to take a break and time for discussion and sharing too.

July 29, Mary Magdalene - Facilitated by Jan Stegner, MTS, MMC

August 18, St. Clare

September 29, Thea Bowman

October 20, Women Mystics

Register now and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

4. Franciscan School of Theology: Summer Franciscan Zoom Lectures

Please click here for the flyer and to register for the upcoming lectures.

July 16 - DR. DARLEEN PRYDS Ongoing Conversion and the Role of Emotions in Franciscan Spirituality: Franciscan Joy.

In the popular imagination Franciscan spirituality is often reduced to cute and sentimental depictions of the animal-loving Francis. But looking closely at the spiritual path of ongoing conversion that Francis took, along with the paths forged by Clare and many lay affiliates, we find there was always a gravitas to the joy Franciscans experienced. This talk contrasts Franciscan joy and mere cheerfulness in the final installment to a work on the emotional range in the Franciscan tradition. The purpose of my work on emotional range in the Franciscan tradition is to explore the role various emotions have in the process of ongoing conversion and to rescue the Franciscan spiritual tradition from the pitfalls of mere quaintness and cuteness.

July 30 - DR. MAUREEN DAY Young Adult Catholics: Why Questions are Better Than Answers

A growing number of studies are examining Catholic young adults and they are all reporting the same results: young adults are leaving in droves. However, when these studies are examined more closely, they offer a more interesting story than the “leaving in droves” narrative provides. This talk will explore the ways people are studying young adults, lift up important takeaways from these studies, and distill a set of questions to craft a ministry for Catholic millennials and iGens.

August 13 - DR. JOSEPH CHINNICI, OFM What Makes Pope Francis so Franciscan and Why Now?

A timely new wind is blowing the in the Church and society in the person of Pope Francis and in the Franciscan family. What makes this Franciscan message so important for today? A consideration of three themes in the writings of Pope Francis and how they converge with the practices and insights dominant in the Franciscan tradition serves to illuminate our own “moment” and task in the contemporary world. Tune in and find out!

5. Georgetown University, Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life (NEW)

Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Elections: Religion, Racism, and the COVID-19 Crisis,

July 10, 2020, RSVP Required.

The 2020 presidential campaign is being reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis it created, and the national focus on racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd and other African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. These challenges are testing our faith and our politics, our religious communities, and our nation.

This online dialogue will focus on how the social and economic costs of the pandemic and the moral and human costs of racism may be affecting religious communities and voters in advance of the November elections. How are our leaders and communities responding? What are our obligations and opportunities in this time of crisis as citizens and as believers? How will recent United States Supreme Court decisions affect the views and choices of religious voters and the dynamics of the campaign?

In this volatile context, the attitudes of evangelical, Catholic, and other religious voters may be shifting dramatically, with old alignments losing ground to new realities. What do we know now? What are the implications of potential shifts for religious communities, U.S. politics, and the November 2020 elections?

The role of religion, racism, and the COVID-19 crisis will be addressed by a panel of respected journalists and political leaders who bring differing religious, racial, generational, and political perspectives and backgrounds.

Register for July 10 here.

On May 12, 2020, the Initiative hosted an online Public Dialogue on Global Dimensions of the Coronavirus Crisis: Responsibility and Solidarity, Policies and Priorities. Hundreds of you joined in this important, timely conversation. 

Catholic News Service and Crux also covered the virtual gathering.

This Public Dialogue examined the global dimensions of the coronavirus crisis that are so often neglected in our focus on the pandemic’s impact on the United States and featured the following leaders:

  • Cardinal Peter Turkson has been asked by Pope Francis to lead the Catholic Church's response to the global COVID-19 crisis. He is the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
  • David Beckmann is the president of Bread for the World, a Lutheran minister and author of Exodus from Hunger (2010).
  • Haydee Diaz is the program director in Uganda for CRS, where she leads CRS’s response to the coronavirus, especially among refugees.

This online session was an Initiative Public Dialogue, Salt and Light Gathering, and Latino Leader Gathering and was co-sponsored by Catholic Relief Services.

This is the fifth Initiative online conversation on the moral and human dimensions of the COVID-19 crisis. You can view the others here

6. Loyola University, The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage 

Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the Institute for Environmental Sustainability, the Department of Theology, and Commonweal hosted an online event:
The vision outlined by Pope Francis in Laudato Si' transcends the often narrow and individualist boundaries of contemporary Christian spirituality (not to mention consumerist/materialist economic systems), in order to include fruitful relationship with all created things. "Our hearts are authentically open to universal communion," Pope Francis declares, excluding "nothing and no one" because "everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures." For Pope Francis it is holistic integration--of faith, reason, experience, academic disciplines, and ways of knowing--that best characterizes his expansive concern. Pope Francis's vision of our shared home is thus religiously incarnational, scientifically astute, and morally communitarian. Keeping with the best traditions of the Catholic sacramental imagination, Pope Francis's all-encompassing embrace begins in a particular biosphere but also stretches out to include the entire community of the cosmos. Join us for a compelling conversation marking the 5th anniversary of the publication of this landmark encyclical. 
Missed the May 21, 2020, webinar? Click here for more information.

7. Catholic Movies and Shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (NEW)

 America magazine has prepared a useful guide of Catholic movies and shows available on television to help you endure the sheltering-in-place.

8. Religious of the Sacred Heart and USD

The University of San Diego is rooted in the spirituality of the of the Religious of the Sacred Heart and USD co-founder, Mother Rosalie Hill. The Sisters continue to provide good counsel for this troubled time. To access thoughtful meditations in the RSCJ tradition go to and click on the link: Revealing God’s Love in the Midst of Uncertainty. We remain thankful for Mother Rosalie and the gifts of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

9. 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si and 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

The Diocese of San Diego Office of Life, Peace and Justice and Creation Care Ministry hosted a zoom event on the Care of Our Common Home on May 16. Dr. Maureen Day of the Franciscan School of Theology was the featured speaker.

10. Campaign Nonviolence Conference: 75th Anniversary of the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 6-9

Pace e Bene will shift their annual nonviolence campaign online. The Conference will feature some amazing speakers including Dr. Ira Helfand, MD, a member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, Rev. Richard Rohr, one of the world’s best-known theologians and religious leaders and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation; Dr. Erica Chenoweth of Harvard University, one of the world’s leading social scientists and scholars on nonviolence; Kazu Haga, founder of the East Point Peace Academy and author of Healing Resistance, along with numerous other speakers discussing peace and nonviolence.

If you would like to attend the online events be on the lookout for further information here:

11.  Solidarity on Tap is an event that usually occurs at a bar and features an important contemporary speaker. In light of COVID-19, the Ignatian Solidarity Netwrok invites you to virtual Solidarity on Tap on Wednesdays at 9PM ET/6PM PT. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice - from a screen near you!

To register go to the Solidarity on Tap website:

12. A recent virtual roundtable held at Georgetown University

“Life and Dignity, Justice and Solidarity: Moral Principles for Responding to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis: A Video Conference”

Sponsored by Georgetown University Center for Catholic Social Thought

13. Now posted:

A Select List of Books on Black Catholics in the United States and Recent Catholic Books of Note

Check our new page for notifications of recent Catholic books of note including USD’s Turner Nevitt of Philosophy’s book on Thomas Aquinas's Quodlibetal Questions and Maureen Day’s Catholic Activism Today and other important new works. We will hold book launches for Dr. Nevitt and Dr. Day in the Fall.

14. Videos available online

a. Women Religious Service During the Influenza Epidemic of 1918

A brief video on the dedicated service of Women Religious during the 1918 influenza pandemic:

b. A new documentary on Dorothy Day produced by Martin Dobblemeier is now available online at PBS:

“Dorothy Day: A Revolution of the Heart”

c. On March 24, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Archbishop Romero’s martyrdom. Now St. Oscar Romero, this moving documentary recounts his last days and contains some amazing recordings of Romero preaching. It is available online through Copley Library:   

Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero 

d. Medieval historian Winston Black reflects on the Catholic Church’s response to the Black Plague in a special podcast for Jesuitical:

e. Sister Corita Kent Teaching Techniques: the famous Catholic pop artist, Sister Corita Kent was also an extraordinary teacher. The Corita Art Center ( is presenting a series on her teaching techniques developed with her friend Jan Steward:

“We've launched a new video series inspired by Corita and Jan Steward's seminal text Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit. Watch the first video here. Stay tuned for videos by guest artists responding to these teachings.”  (If the link does not work, use this one):

[In 1986, the CCTC hosted a major exhibit of Corita’s works with the University Galleries entitled “Love is Here to Stay (and That’s Enough), which surely provides wisdom during this pandemic. The catalogue is still available through University Galleries.]

f. Patrick Preziosi of Commonweal has recalled this somewhat dated, but relevant film, available on Amazon.

Inquiring Nuns(1968)

It’s a vivid chronicle of universal concerns as expressed by the subjects to whom this pair of Chicago nuns puts a simple question: “Are you happy?” Sisters Marie Arne and Mary Campion, who served at St. Denis Parish in Chicago's Southwest Side at the time of filming, interview numerous ordinary Chicagoans in the fateful year of 1968. The answers they receive—no matter the occasional explicit reference to LBJ or Vietnam—sound just as relevant and applicable today, as Americans try to maintain their sanity, creative temperaments, and basic peace-of-mind in the face of what feels like inevitable collapse. The subjects are remarkably open to the sisters, and many respond without hesitation or confusion about what they’re participating in, eager to get their voices heard by a figure with some degree of authority. It’s an inherently political documentary, not only for the weighty matters that inevitably come up, but also—and especially—for the simple, everyday desires that are voiced: to feel calm, to have the time to play the saxophone, to make dinner for your family. How valuable the ordinary and quotidian become when they’re not within easy reach. (Patrick Preziosi, Commonweal, April 3, 2020) Available on Amazon.

g. Audio book by Dr. Darleen Pryrds available for audio download from Learn 25.

During this time of death and loss, Dr. Pryd’s reflections on dying and death provide ample material for reflection. (There is a charge for this book.) 

Darleen Pryds, “The Spirituality of Dying and Death”

Franciscan spirituality offers hope and comfort to those approaching death, and to those of us who love them.

While conversations about dying and death have become more popular in recent years, a decidedly Catholic perspective is often missing. Now, this course offers a unique approach to these conversations grounded in the Franciscan tradition.