Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters

This lecture series takes place in the Fall semester and offers public lectures and forums on various Catholic topics important to contemporary academic life. ‌

  • Synodal Conversation with Cardinal Cupich

    January 23, 2024 at 4pm
    4th Floor Information Commons, LSC
    Cardinal Cupich visits Loyola to join the student community in the next stage of the Synodal Conversation. The theme of the synod is: “For a synodal church: Communion, participation, mission” and Cardinal Cupich will join his voice in reflecting on the instrumentum laboris that will help shape the agenda for the final convening in fall 2024. The foundational question of the working document remains: what are “the characteristic signs of a synodal church?” This gathering is cosponsored by CCIH, the Office of Mission Integration, and Campus Ministry.

  • The Synod and Women: Which Way to the Future?

    September 27 at 4pm
    Damen Student Center, Sister Jean MPR North
    We were pleased to host a talk from Phyllis Zagano, an internationally claimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the church. Dr. Zagano belonged to the 2016-2018 Papal Commission for the study of the Diaconate of Women and holds a research appointment at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.
    Free to attend for Loyola students, faculty, and staff. Registration Required.
    Co-sponsored by the Women and Leadership Archives, University Libraries, and Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.
  • Preventing Unjust War: A Catholic Argument for Selective Conscientious Objection

    Video now available
    Why does humankind continue to be plagued by war?
    With the example of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at hand, Loyola sociologist of religion Fr. Paddy Gilger, SJ, engaged author Roger Bergman in a lively discussion of what the Catholic intellectual heritage can contribute to this perennial problem.
    May 25, 2022
    12pm CST
    Zoom Forum
    Free and open to the public. Registration Required.

  • Building Bridges: A Synodal Encounter between Pope Francis and University Students

    See some of the media coverage around this historic event with Pope Francis.
  • A Prophet is not Known in Her Town: Conversations on Visionary Women

    September 24-25, 2020
    Zoom Webinar

    Sr. Carol Zinn, SSJ, Ph.D. offered the keynote address followed by a day of panel presentations for this special two-day symposium.
  • Pope Francis, the Synod, and the Call to Change

    London-based journalist and Pope Francis biographer, Austen Ivereigh, discussed his newly released Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church, a study of the Francis papacy.
  • Heretic? Pope Francis & His Critics

    As part of a week dedicated to marking the 6th anniversary of Pope Francis's election, CCIH hosted Fr. James Heft, from the University of Southern California for its Spring 2019 Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters Series lecture.
  • G. K. Chesterton: Prophetic Voice in the Public Square

    Fr. Ian Boyd, distinguished professor of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, was invited to offer his insights about the contemporary relevance and prophetic nature of Chesterton's prolific writings.
  • René Girard, Moral Injury, and Literary Knowledge

    Dr. Andrew McKenna, professor emeritus of French Language and literature, delivered a lecture on Rene Girard, linking humanistic and religious traditions to a critical understanding of institutional practices.
  • Publication Colloquium: Democracy, Culture, Catholicism & the Transnational Impact of Jesuit Higher Education

    In the fall of 2015, Fordham University Press published a collection of essays titled Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents. We hosted a discussion of this publication, and its impact on the transnational community of Jesuit institutes of higher education.
  • Spirituality in the Public Square

    Kerry Weber—Managing Editor of America Magazine and author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job—spoke at the Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters lecture series during the fall of 2014 on spirituality in the public square.
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