The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series

St. Mary’s University welcomes you to a free, annual lectures series featuring men and women who have shaped the Catholic Intellectual Tradition – a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s.


Glenn MacTaggart (J.D. ’79, M.A. ’89), longtime attorney and counsel with Prichard Hawkins Young LLP, and his wife, Karla MacTaggart, gave a major gift to St. Mary’s to create the MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series Endowment. The gift allows for the recruitment of speakers from various faith traditions to speak to the University and San Antonio communities about such topics as Catholicism in a changing world, religion in a pluralistic society, and faith in areas such as art and science.

The lecture series is a cornerstone of the Center for Catholic Studies which is a result of the University’s Defining Moment Comprehensive  Campaign.


The Future of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Series 

St. Mary’s University welcomes you to a free, annual lectures series featuring reflections on the past, present, and future of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition – a tradition at the heart of the educational enterprises at St. Mary’s. 

Sponsored by The MacTaggart Catholic Intellectual Traditions Lecture Series and the Lin Great Speakers Series 

Upcoming Speakers

  • The Future of Catholic Intellectual Tradition from a Marianist Perspective

    Featuring Timothy R. Gabrielli, Ph.D. 

    Associate Professor, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Intellectual Traditions and Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Dayton

    Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024
    7 p.m.
    Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Alumni Room

    About the Speaker

    Timothy R. Gabrielli is the first Gudorf Chair in Catholic Intellectual Traditions. Gabrielli received his doctorate in theology in 2014 and his master’s degree in theological studies in 2011 — both with honors and both from the University of Dayton. He also holds a bachelor’s in English literature and theology from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. His research investigates the modern history of Catholic sacramental theology and practice, propelled by a fundamental conviction that the resources of the tradition can speak to our contemporary questions. 

    His first book, “Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God’s Grace Became All About Us” offers a history of the theology and practice of Confirmation in the 20th century United States. His second, “One in Christ: Virgil Michel, Louis-Marie Chauvet, and Mystical Body Theology” revisits mystical body of Christ theology. 

  • The Future of Catholic Intellectual Tradition from a Hispanic Perspective

    Featuring Victor Carmona, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Core Curriculum Director at University of San Diego

    Thursday, March, 7, 2024
    7 p.m.
    University Center, Conference Room A 

    About the Speaker

    During undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, a professor introduced Victor Carmona to Catholic social teaching to help him think through the fundamental questions of power and justice that immigrants’ lives raise. That encounter moved him to work with immigrants and border communities with the Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops (CEM-Movilidad Humana), the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and nonprofits. Six years later, those experiences called him to grapple with their implications in light of the Catholic tradition through graduate studies in moral theology and Christian ethics at the University of Notre Dame. 

  • The Future of Catholic Intellectual Tradition from a Laudato Si’ Perspective 

    Featuring Nancy M. Rourke, Ph.D. 

    Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Canisius University 

    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
    7 p.m.
    University Center, Conference Room A 

    About the Speaker

    Nancy M. Rourke, Ph.D. teaches courses in religious studies, Catholic ethics and ecotheology at Canisius University of Buffalo, New York, where she has led sustainability and Catholic Studies programs. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in social ethics, religions and bioethics in Rochester-area institutions. She earned her Ph.D. in Theology at St. Patrick’s College, the Pontifical University of Maynooth, Ireland and master’s degrees in Theology at Boston University. Rourke’s scholarship is in Catholic ecological virtue ethics, ecotheology and medical ethics at the end of life. She has served on the editorial boards for the Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education magazine and the Journal for Critical Animal Studies and is a member of the Board of the College Theology Society. 

    Her new book, Ecological Moral Character: A Catholic Model, was published in January 2024 as part of the “Moral Traditions” series of books from Georgetown University Press. 

Rev. Paul Haffner, Ph.D.
The Contribution of Eastern Christendom to the Development of a Theology of the Environment
Wednesday, March 30, 2022


Robert Wicks, Psy.D.
Riding the Dragon: Preventing Secondary Stress and Strengthening Your Inner Life in Challenging Times
Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

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