Past Publication Luncheons

Publication Luncheon: A Conversation with Fr. Bill McNichols

Publication Luncheon (McNichols Fall 2015)

Thursday, 10 September 2015
11:30AM - 12:45PM
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is by invitation only! Please contact the Hank Center for more information:

For this Publication Luncheon, Fr. William (Bill) McNichols will discuss the art, spirituality, and process of iconography in a conversation with interested faculty and staff at Loyola University Chicago.

Fr. McNichols - the iconographer who has 'written' the icon The New Pentecost of Viriditas, which will hang in the Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) on the Lake Shore Campus - was a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) from 1968 to 2002. He studied philosophy, theology, and art at St. Louis University, Boston College, Boston University and Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Father Bill furthered his art studies at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California in 1977. In 1983 he received a Master of Fine Arts in landscape painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

He was ordained in 1979 as a Roman Catholic priest by Archbishop James Casey in Denver, CO. From 1983 - 1990 he worked with the wonderful AIDS Hospice team of St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, New York. During this time he also illustrated 25 books, mostly children's books for Paulist Press.

In 1990, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to study the technique, history and spirituality of icon painting (technically "icon writing") with Russian-American master, Robert Lentz. In 1996 he was honored to be invited to Boston College by friend and mentor, Fr. Jim O'Brien, SJ to create 5 icons for the Jesuit Community there. In 1998 he returned to New York to create icons as a part of the West Side Jesuit Community. Since 1999 he has assisted with sacramental ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe in Taos and Northern New Mexico. He continues to assist in Albuquerque after returning there in the fall of 2013.

For more information on Fr. McNichols, his iconography, and his studio, please visit his website:

Publication Luncheon with George Drance, S.J. (2014 Teilhard de Chardin Fellow of Catholic Studies)

Publication Luncheon with George Drance, S.J. (2014 Teilhard de Chardin Fellow of Catholic Studies)

Publication Luncheon with George Drance, S.J.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 ~ 11:30AM - 12:45PM
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

This event is by invitation only!

Please join us for an informal conversation with Teilhard de Chardin Fellow in Catholic Studies Fr. George Drance, S.J.

Fr. Drance will speak about his recent performance of *mark - a one-man play he adapted from the Gospel of Mark - at Loyola University Chicago's Newhart Theater.

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From the Hank Center archive:

*mark, performed by George Drance, directed by Luann Jennings, with original music composed by internationally acclaimed, award winning composer Elizabeth Swados just completed a successful run Off-Broadway at La MaMa ETC in New York City.

Written during Nero's brutal persecution of the followers of "the Way", the Gospel of Mark was recited in its entirety, giving courage to this community of quiet rebels whose radical compassion threatened the Empire's status quo. The production imagines the Gospel performed by a street artist, and asks what it would be like if our experience in 2014 were the same experience of those in Rome under the madness of Nero?

Actor George Drance, SJ, has performed and directed in over twenty countries on five continents. The work of his New York company, Magis Theatre, has been praised by the New York Times for its artistic skill and daring.

Director Luann Jennings founded the new Arts Ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. She has taught theatre at St. John's University and currently works with students of Baylor University.

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed issue oriented theatre for over 30 years. Some of her works include the Broadway and international smash hit "Runaways," Obie Award winning "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy," "Alice at the Palace," with Meryl Streep, and "Missionaries," about the four Maryknoll women killed in El Salvador. Her many awards include: five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In his apostolic exhortation entitled "The Joy of the Gospel" His Holiness Pope Francis writes: "Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today's world."

Publication Luncheon with Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell

Publication Luncheon with Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell

Tuesday, 17 February 2015
11:30AM - 12:45PM
Cuneo Hall, Room 417
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

This event is by invitation only! Please contact CCIH ( if you have any questions.

The Meaning and Impact of a Service Immersion: A Pilgrimage of Nursing Students Serving the Sick in Lourdes, France - Research Presentation

Students from the School of Nursing have been serving those who come to participate in the religious rituals offered through the Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France since 2009. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the impact of the Lourdes Service Immersion on nursing students’ daily spiritual practices, as well as, identify the nature of the personal change experienced by each student through participation in the Lourdes Service Immersion. In addition, this study is designed to investigate if the student’s vision of delivering nursing care has changed because of this service immersion experience. This research will be presented by Dr. P. Ann Solari-Twadell, faculty member in the Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University of Chicago.  The co-investigators of this research project are: Dr. William Schmidt, Institute of Pastoral Studies; Dr. Dawn Overstreet, EVOKE (at the time of the research study); and Fr Justin Daffron PhD, Development.

From Rational to Clinical Psychology:
Three Jesuit Universities

Monday, November 28, 2011
An informal discussion with Fr. C. Kevin Gillespie, S. J., Associate Provost, Loyola University Chicago on chapter 4 of his 2001 book Psychology and American Catholicism: From Confession to Therapy? Crown Center
116, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago. By invitation and faculty request.

More than Measurable Human Products:
Catholic Educators’ Responses to the Educational Measurement Movement
in the First Half of the 20th Century

Monday, September 19, 2011

Informal discussion with Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, School of Education, Loyola University Chicago, of her 2009 Catholic Education article.  Crown Center 116, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago. By invitation and faculty request.

Developing and Sustaining Leaders for Catholic Schools:
A Summary of the Conference Proceedings of the
Second Catholic Higher Education Collaborative Conference

Monday, February 7, 2011
Dr. Michael J. Boyle, Assistant Director at the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, discusses his article published in a journal Catholic Education in September of 2010. By invitation and faculty request. Crown Center 116, LSC

The Black Hand:
Terror by Letter in Chicago

January 26, 2011

Dr. Robert M. Lombardo, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago, discusses chapter 6 form his 2010 Book The Black Hand: Terror by Letter in Chicago. By invitation and faculty request. Crown Center 116, LSC

George Bernanos and Francis Poulenc:
Catholic Convergences in Dialogues of the Carmelites

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
by Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Departments of Theology and English. Faculty only. Crown Center 116, LSC

The Linebacker and the Nun
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Dr. Timothy Gilfoyle, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago

Natural Law and Ecological Responsibility:
Drawing on Thomistic Tradition

April 13th, 2010
William C. French, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago, discusses his 2008 University of St. Thomas Law Journal article.

Judaism and Catholic Prayer:
A New Horizon for Liturgy

January 26, 2010
Dr. Christine Athans, BVM, Professor Emerita, The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, (St. Paul, MN). Discussing her Winter 2008 New Theology article.

Gregory of Nyssa on the Reciprocity of the Virtues 
November 17, 2009 
Dr. Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago. Discussing his October 2007 Journal of Theological Studies article.

September 23, 2009
Dr. Theresa Gross-Diaz., Associate Professor, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago.  Discussing a chapter from her book, The Psalms of Gilbert of Poitiers.

March 16, 2009
Don Wycliff, Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, School of Communication, presents his U.S. Catholic article  A Few Steps Closer to the Promised Land.

February 3, 2009
Ann Harrington, B.V.M., Professor, Department of History, Director of Asian Studies, Loyola University Chicago presents her Catholic Historical Review article, The First Women Religious in Japan: Mother Saint Mathilde Raclot and the French Connection.

Uncanny Christianity:
Rene Girard's Mimetic Theory

November 4, 2008

Dr. Andrew McKenna, Department of Modern Languages, Loyola University Chicago

The Elusive God:
Reorienting Religious Epistemology

September 9, 2008
Dr. Paul Moser, Dept. of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Hearing Past the Pain:
Why White Catholic Theologians Need Black Theology

April 9th, 2008
Jon Nilson, Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago

Catholic Identity and Anti-Semitism
in a Eulogy for Isabel ‘The Catholic’

January 28, 2008
Dr. John McManamon, S. J. Department of History, Loyola University Chicago

Appropriating Hopkins 
November 14, 2007

Dr. Frank Fennell, Department of English, Loyola University Chicago

The Necessity of Conscience and
the Unspoken Ends of Medicine

September 18, 2007

Dr.  John J. Hardt, Institute, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago

Text and Context:
The Passion of the Christ’ and Other Jesus Films

April 2, 2007
Dr. Peter Gilmour, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Spirituality and Religiousness:
Differentiating the Diagnoses Through a Review of the Nursing Literature

February 28, 2007
Dr. Ann Solari-Twadell and Dr. Lisa Burrkhardt School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago

The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola

November 1, 2006
Dr. Gene Phillips, S. J. Department of English, Loyola University Chicago

Spaces Shaped for Spiritual Reflection:
Convent Architecture in Early Modern Rome

September 28, 2006
Dr. Marilyn Dunn Department of Fine Arts, Loyola University Chicago

Publication Luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington

Publication Luncheon with Dr. Ann Harrington

Thursday, 6 February 2014
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Cuneo Hall, Room 425
Lake Shore Campus, LUC

By invitation only!

My academic teaching field and, consequently, research has been Japan and East Asia. In 2001 the administration of my religious congregation, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commonly known as BVMs, invited me to research our founder, Mary Frances Clarke. Agreeing to this took me into new territory. I had done research on the French nuns who, in the nineteenth century, were the first Roman Catholic sisters to go to Japan. That project convinced me of the importance of studying the history of women religious in order to expand women's history and history in general, and I think influenced the BVMs to invite me to look more deeply into our own congregation's history.

My current research is titled Expanding Horizons: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1919-1943. No one has yet written anything specifically covering that period of our congregation's history. Therefore, it is somewhat of an overview of the era when Isabella Kane, followed by Gervase Tuffy, each served as the mother general of the BVM congregation. The work focuses on a variety of issues such as modernism, Americanism, patriotism, and the aftermath of World War I. And it includes outreach to the American Indian youth at the Phoenix American Indian School at the invitation of the Jesuits. I chose Chapter Seven titled "New Frontiers" for discussion. Here, major issues of racism and of culture surface as BVMs moved into Memphis, Tennessee where they taught African American students. Also I explore BVM response to the invitation to work in China.

~ Dr. Ann M. Harrington
LUC Department of History

Spirituality in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale