Lectures are not held during the summer but will resume in September. Typically held the third Friday of the month, lectures feature engaging speakers on a wide range of topics. Join us for refreshments at 9:15 a.m. followed by presentations from outstanding speakers from 10–11 a.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University. Free for members and first-time visitors.


Holy Toledo: Faith Diversity                                                                  September 11
Meeting ID: 989 2168 9738

In 2014, an initiative of the MultiFaith Council led to Toledo’s official designation as a Compassionate Community as the mayor, city council and Lucas County commissioners passed resolutions affirming the Charter for Compassion. Learn more about the MultiFaith Council and how diverse faith groups found in NW Ohio are drawn together for fellowship, education, and engaged community service. The group has built six Habitat for Humanity houses, encourages faith-based community gardening, and supports many service organizations in our area. They also host very active multifaith men’s and women’s groups, monthly universal worship services with participants from 8-9 faiths, as well as help Toledo compete in the international Compassion Games, in which cities compete to be the most compassionate.

Speaker Judy Trautman formally founded the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio in 2003 together with her late husband Woody. Woody’s mantra was “mingle and chat’ as a path towards greater understanding and respect.


The Life and Times of Francis Scott Key                                                  October 16

“And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…” The words to our National Anthem were written by Francis Scott Key, a poet and attorney. Francis Scott Key will be brought to life by historical re-enactor Frank Butwin, dressed in period clothing and prepared to tell about Key’s life and times, the War of 1812, and the famed bombardment of Fort McHenry. Included in this presentation will be the actual Star Spangled Banner flag that was brought to our area by General Harrison and flew proudly over Fort Meigs in 1813.

Frank Butwin loves history, portraying a number of historical characters and volunteering with several area historical associations. Frank has also volunteered his time with Boy Scouts of America for 35 years. In addition to his volunteer work, Frank pursued a career in chemical and polymer composite research and development.


Military Life in Desert Storm                                                                   November 20

If it was your job, how would you set up a 400 bed hospital from scratch? How would you handle that job if the hospital was in a war zone, as well as in a foreign country? Carolyn E. Nagy was a member of the team that tackled the complex task of designing a hospital and living accommodations for an Army unit as well as overseeing the hospital set up and staffing. As Assistant Chief Nurse during Operation Desert Storm, Ms. Nagy was responsible for the daily operation of this 400 bed hospital and clinic. She also experienced some of the cultural difficulties encountered by soldiers working in Saudi Arabia. Ms. Nagy will also share her experience as a female soldier during a time of conflict and relate it to past and present military issues.

Carolyn E. Nagy was commissioned in the Army Reserve in 1980. After being promoted to Major, she was responsible for unit readiness for deployment during Operation Desert Shield. As a registered nurse, Ms. Nagy practiced primarily at St. Vincent Medical Center then developed and lead the Practical Nurse Program at Stautzenberger College. Ms. Nagy has become actively involved in women veteran issues and is the Coordinator of the Women Veterans Initiative Toledo, Ohio. During leisure time she enjoys reading, travel, photography, sailing, and racket sports.


The Mathematics of Happiness                                                              December 18

As humans, our hopes, our hungers, and our happiness are the three major pre-occupations in life. Our ultimate life experiences therefore depend on these three things. Human happiness is the outcome of the right intensity of hunger and an adequate level of human hope. Participants will have the unusual opportunity to determine their level of hope, the intensity of their hunger, and their degree of happiness in order to determine where they are on the human happiness map. At the end of the session, participants should become aware of a daily routine that leads to sustainable happiness.

Dr. Alphonsus Obayuwana has been involved in the study of human hope and happiness since he was just a third year medical student. Post-medical school, in spite of a very busy OB/GYN practice, his interest in this subject matter continued for over 30 during which time he also held teaching faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Maryland College of Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School , and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Today, he is the Founder and CEO of the Triple-H Project LLC, an entity solely dedicated to the promotion of hopeful and happier human communities. He is the author of the Five Sources of Human Hope, How to Live a Life of Hope, and the Mathematics of Happiness.

For questions –or to suggest a speaker– please call 419-824-3707 or email