Ecumenical Lecture

2017 Lecture

Bishop Daniel G. Beaudoin addressed the 500th anniversary of Reverend Father Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses. Known also as the Disputation on the Power of Indulgences, the Theses was sent in October 1517 to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, leading to the Protestant Reformation.

2016 Lecture

Dr. Al-Hayani and Sr. Shannon discussed Muslim and Catholic understandings of the goodness of God’s creation, our special call as believers to treat the environment with respect and awe, and some practical ways for doing this together.

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Past Lectures

Each year, the Department of Theological Studies presents the annual Ecumenical Lecture Series. It was established in 1983 by then Presidents Sr. Ann Francis Klimkowski, OSF, Ph.D. and Sr. Marie Andree Chorzempa, OSF as a way to foster and encourage Christian unity. It holds the distinction of being one of the longest running ecumenical lecture series in the United States.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Rev. James Peiffer, Lynne Lukoch, Sally Oberski, Rev. Keith Hunsinger, Laurence Peterson and Rev. Lisa Peterson – Reflections of an Ecumenical Journey: Fostering Spiritual Ecumenism
  • Rev. Dr. Julian V. Hills – Christ the First Fruits: St. Paul’s Ecumenical Vision
  • Dr. Steve Harmon – How Baptists Receive the Gifts of Catholics and Other Christians
  • Dr. Sandra Keating – Overcoming Our Common Past of Quarrels and Hostilities: Reflections on Current Relations Between Catholics and Muslims
  • Dr. Richard Gaillardetz – Church Authority and Ecumenism: Obstacle or Opportunity
  • Rev. Dr. Marcus Carl Lohrmann – Full Communion Relationships: An Ecumenical Way Forward
  • Bishop Alexander Golitzin – The Question of Baptism in Ecumenical Relations
  • Brother Emile – Identity, Fullness and the Primacy of Love
  • Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani and Sr. Shannon Schrein, OSF, Ph.D. – Care For Creation: A Muslim and Catholic Accord