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2019 Events

A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future

St. Mary’s University’s MacTaggart Lecture Series and the newly established Center for Catholic Studies have teamed up to present the year’s first lecture and a symposium on the theme, A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, join us for a lecture by former New York Times journalist and religious scholar Peter Steinfels, who will address the topic, Sex Abuse and the Future Church. The next day, the Center for Catholic Studies will host The Crossroads Symposium which will continue the conversation with two panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities ahead as the Catholic Church works to reengage with the community.

MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series
Featuring Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., scholar and former New York Times journalist
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019
7 to 8:30 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A

Parking is available in Lot D and Lot T.

About Peter Steinfels
Peter Steinfels is an American journalist and educator best known for his writing on religious topics. He was a twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for this work as senior religion correspondent and columnist for the New York Times.

Post-Second Vatican Council, he joined the staff of Commonweal, an independent lay Catholic opinion journal, for which he continues to write.

Steinfels and his spouse Margaret founded and co-directed the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture for eight years. He is the author of The Neoconservatives and A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.

The St. Mary’s Center for Catholic Studies: The Crossroads Symposium
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
6 to 9 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room A

Parking is available in Lot D and Lot T.

The Crossroads Symposium Panelists

Panel One: Clergy Sexual Abuse

Thomas Mengler, J.D., President, St. Mary’s University

Catherine Stone (J.D. ’82), Chair, Lay Commission on Sexual Abuse for the Archdiocese of San Antonio; Partner, Langley & Banack, Inc; former Chief Justice of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas

Deacon Bernard Nojadera, Director, U.S. Bishops Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, President, Oblate School of Theology

Patti Walker Koo, PA, Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) – San Antonio


Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., CEO and President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Panel Discussion Two: Challenge and Opportunity

Alicia Cordoba Tait, D.M.A., Beirne Director and Professor, Center for Catholic Studies, St. Mary’s University

Allison Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology and Languages, St. Mary’s University

Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., author; former journalist, New York Times; and University Professor Emeritus, Fordham University

James Heft, S.M., Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and Professor and Founder of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California – Los Angeles

Neomi DeAnda, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Dayton; Tejana scholar; activist; and Catholic Lay Marianist

Rebuild My Church
Featuring Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Ph.D., Bishop of San Diego and moral theologian
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Heeding the Call
Featuring Carolyn Woo, former President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

2020 Events

2020 Lilly Fellows Program National Conference

St. Mary’s University will proudly host the 2020 Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts National Conference.

Tranquillitas Ordinis: Liberal Arts Education and the Common Good
Oct. 7-11, 2020
St. Mary’s University

Registration opens Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

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