Paddy Gilger, S.J.

Paddy Gilger, S.J.


November 9, 2023


7:00-8:30 PM CDT. McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, LSC. 


This event was free and open to the public and all were welcome. 



The Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., Fellowship in Catholic Studies is an annual, endowed fellowship sponsored by the Hank Center. Scholars from across disciplines and from around the world whose work intersects with the rich intellectual, artistic, and historical tradition of Roman Catholicism are invited to teach, research, and deliver a major lecture. This year’s Teilhard Lecture, “The Subject of Public Religion,” was given by Teilhard Fellow, Fr. Paddy Gilger, S.J.  

Fr. Patrick Gilger, S.J. is a priest of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. A graduate of Creighton University, he has been a Jesuit since 2002. Trained in philosophy and theology in addition to sociology, he now primarily studies social theory, the sociology of religion, and secularity. His current research focuses on how communities of practice cultivate (religious) subjectivities that are difficult to see and hear in a secular age, and how these unique subjectivities cultivate particular "powers of publicity" that can be deployed within an always-already-power-inflected public sphere.  



Gilger, Patrick. 2022. “Habits of Belonging: The Church in a Secular Age”, in Roots: Catholic Youth Evangelization in a Postmodern World. John C. Cavadini and Donald Wallenfang, eds. Book chapter completed and submitted. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022.

Gilger, Patrick. 2018. “Performing Secularity: Toward the Construction of a Concept”, Religion and Secularism, Patrick Murray and Ronald A. Simkins eds., Journal of Religion & Society, Supplement 17: 54-69