Saint John Paul II Lecture Series

The Saint John Paul II Lecture Series is a quarterly event which features intellectually stimulating talks free of charge.

This event is going to be at the Refectory at St. John Vianney Theological Seminiary, 1300 S. Steele St. Denver, Colorado 80210. Cocktails and appetizers are at 7:00-7:30 pm, and the lecture is from 7:30pm – 8:30pm.



The parish from the organizational point of view is the basic evangelizing unit in the Church. The main actors for evangelization in the parish are the pastor, the other priests in residence at the parish, the religious brothers and sisters within the parish and the lay faithful who form 99.9% of the universal Church. Each of these actors should be on fire to spread the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. The role of each category is irreplaceable.


Francis Cardinal Arinze was born November 1, 1932 in Eziowelle in the Archdiocese of Onitsha, Nigeria. He was ordained a priest at Urban College in Rome on November 23, 1958, then ordained Coadjutor Bishop of Onitsha on August 29, 1965. He attended the final Session of the Second Vatican Council and was made Archbishop of Onitsha in June 1967. Later, he was elected President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria until St. Pope John Paul II called him to Rome in 1984, where he served as President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 1984 to 2002 and Perfect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from 2002 to 2008. He is currently retired and resides in Vatican City. He has written quite a number of books, his latest of which is titled The Evangelizing Parish.