Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Timothy B. Neary Presents for 17th Annual Signum Fidei Lecture

Timothy B. Neary earned both his MA and Ph.D. (with distinction) in History from Loyola University. Now, he will be presenting "Education Practical and Sacred: Bishop Bernard J. Sheil's Vision for Lewis University" as part of the 17th Annual Signum Fidei Lecture. The lecture will be held on Monday, February 24th, 2020 from 3–4:15 PM at the Sancta Alberta Chapel, Romeoville Campus, Lewis University. 

The Signum Fidei Lecture is organized to celebrate Lewis University's Catholic and Lasallian heritage, "bringing to campus men and women of vision and faith to illuminate issues affecting the Church and its people, to reflect on spirituality in the Catholic tradition, and to provide a forum for topics based on Church teaching".

The program's description is as follows: 

Bishop Bernard J. Sheil and Lewis University are inextricably linked. Founded during the Great Depression, Lewis began under Sheil’s direction as an all-boys, technical high school located on a farm near Lockport, Illinois. Best known as the founder of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Bishop Sheil saw the need for a curriculum coupling Catholic values with the latest in modern aeronautics training.

Professor Neary’s talk will examine Bishop Sheil’s role in the creation of Lewis, discuss how the context of Depression-era America shaped Sheil’s vision for post-secondary technical training that was tied to Catholic social teaching, and reflect on the value in today’s world of higher education that is both practical and sacred.

The event is open and free to the public. 


11 February 2020