Dominican University established the St. Catherine of Siena Center to bring faith and scholarship to the critical issues of church and society for the benefit of the university community, professional ministers and the wider community of faith. It is dedicated to examining and furthering the role of the Christian in today's world.
As we continue to celebrate the Jubilee Year of the Dominican Order, we examine the relationships that mark our existence in family, country, faith, and world. Our speakers will explore political, ecological, ecclesial, and familial relationships that shape our vision and lead us to the deepest truths of our lives. Join us as we learn from our experience as relational and interdependent members of a community of faith to create a more just and humane world.
Pope Francis has repeatedly apologized to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas for the church's involvement in their colonization, which in some places is still ongoing, and acknowledged the church's historic responsibility to build a new, right relationship with them.
Join us for a presentation from Kenneth L. Woodward, who edited Newsweek's Religion section from 1964 until his retirement in 2002. He remained a writer-at-large at Newsweek until 2009. His recent book, Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama will frame his remarks for this lecture. This new book is part American history and part memoir about his years watching religion become intertwined with politics and increasingly contentious. Certainly the recent presidential election showed how people's religious beliefs affect their voting and their stand on public issues. Ken's book makes a strong case for Americans understanding the role faith plays in civic life. We will have books available for signing and purchase. He is also the author of Making Saints: How the Catholic Church Determines Who Becomes a Saint and Who Doesn't and The Book of Miracles: The Meaning of the Miracle Stories in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.
Pope Francis’ pontificate has redefined the coordinates of modern Catholicism by identifying the Church as an inclusive and merciful “field hospital.” This lecture will analyze the spiritual and theological roots and the potentiality of Francis’ ecclesiology.