Dominican University Presents Lecture on the Church: 5 Years Later

Catholic Online [United States]
December 21, 2006

Dominican University's Siena Center will present Fr. William Leahy, president of Boston College, in a lecture titled, "The Church in the United States Five Years Later: Reasons for Hope." The lecture will be held on Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the university's Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division Street, River Forest.

In January 2002, the Boston Globe published a series of articles that quickly made Boston "ground zero" in the sexual abuse crisis. Boston College, under the leadership of Fr. William Leahy, responded in September 2002 with its widely acclaimed "Church in the 21st Century" initiative.

The initiative seeks to bring the Catholic Church from crisis to renewal by engaging the critical issues facing the Catholic community today. The initiative has recommended that the Church share the faith with the next generation, foster relationships among the members of the Catholic community and uphold the Catholic intellectual tradition regarding sexuality and contemporary culture.

In his lecture, Fr. Leahy will present a picture of the current state of the Church in New England, discuss the Church in the 21st Century initiative and identify its lessons for the Church in the United States.

Fr. Leahy holds a doctoral degree in US history from Stanford University and is a respected and experienced leader in Catholic higher education. He is the author of Adapting to America: Catholics, Jesuits and Higher Education in the Twentieth Century.

Admission to this lecture is $10. For more information on Dominican University's Siena Center, please call (708) 714-9105 or visit the website at Siena Center.

Dominican University established the Siena Center to engage the critical issues of church and society in the light of faith and scholarship. The center was named for St. Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century laywoman who worked untiringly for the reform of the church and justice in the world. Her passionate devotion to the central issues of church and society inspires the work of the center in its schedule of lectures, symposia, workshops, retreats, research and seminars.

Contact: Dominican University IL, US
Jessica Mackinnon - director of public relations, 708-524-6289
Keywords: Dominican
Category: Catholic Schools & Religious Education


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