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.

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

Previous Speakers

Upcoming MacTaggart Speakers

  • Empty Churches: Where Have All the Young People Gone?

    Featuring The Rev. James Heft, S.M.

    Thursday, Feb. 9
    4 to 5:30 p.m.
    Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, Law Alumni Room

    Most young people will not be attending church on Sunday. What is the cause of the growing disconnect between the church and the youth? The St. Mary’s campus community is invited to join an engaging conversation with Heft as he asks the question, “Where have all the young people gone?”

  • Faith and Spiritual Life of Young Adult Catholics in a Rising Hispanic Church Book Review Panel

    Featuring The Rev. Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ, Ph.D., Tracey Lamont, Ph.D., Jose Matos Auffant and The Rev. Juan Molina Flores, Ph.D.

    Tuesday, Feb. 14
    3:30-5 p.m.
    University Center, Conference Room A

    What does spiritual life look like for young adult Catholics, especially as we continue to move through the pandemic? Join Rev. Thomas P. Gaunt, SJ, Ph.D. and a panel of experts to discuss the new edited volume Faith and Spiritual Life of Young Adult Catholics in a Rising Hispanic Church (Liturgical Press, November 2022). Fr. Gaunt will discuss with a panel of reviewers to share the results of extensive research about how young adult Catholics experience and express their spirituality, drawing on insights from leaders in young adult ministry and scholars in theology and sociology. In particular, the panelists will address how the book’s findings matter for the growing population of Hispanic young adult Catholics in the US.

    All members of the St. Mary’s University and San Antonio community are invited to come explore big questions about how young adults connect to spirituality, ministry and meaning. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Lecture featuring Carmen Nanko-Fernandez, Ph.D.

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