Current Events, Talks, and Videos

This section contains references to upcoming events and available sources that might be of interest. (Updated on June 3, 2020)

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

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. If you were not able to join, you can view a video recording of the dialogue below.

Click here to view the video.

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

2. 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.
These topics are very important to our shared work at Loyola University Chicago. For those who wish to prepare for this important anniversary with a more intentional focus, please consider viewing the video proceedings from our 2015 conference "Caring for Our Common Home: Conversations on Ecology & Justice".

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 is hosting a zoom event on the Care of Our Common Home on May 16 at 10 am. Dr. Maureen Day of the Franciscan School of Theology will be the featured speaker, but the day will include other discussions and explorations. To register please email

6. 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:

7.  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!

Wednesday, June 10

9PM ET (8CT/7MT/6PT)

Marie Dennis
Senior Advisor to the Secretary General
Pax Christi International

To register go to the Solidarity on Tap website:

8. 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

9. Now posted: 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.

10. 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.