Saint John Paul II Lecture Series

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March 21, 2017FrPaulScalia_round

The Word of the Lord Came to Me…

Reverend Paul Scalia

A consideration of the increasing importance of prophetic Catholic witness in the culture today; how our society both needs and desires to encounter such witness.

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations…”  Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” (Jer 1:4-5, 9)

Father Scalia is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington.  Ordained in 1996 he has served in parishes and in the diocesan curia.  He founded the Arlington Diocese chapter of Courage and serves also as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Courage, International.



February 7, 2017francis-beckwith

From Catholic to Evangelical and Back Again: Reflections of a Catholic Revert 10 Years Late

Francis Beckwith 

In 2007, philosopher and Baylor professor Francis Beckwith resigned his post as President of the Evangelical Theological Society a week after returning to the Catholic Church of his youth. In this lecture, Professor Beckwith tells the story of his reversion and what he has learned over the past decade about being a follower of Christ in a culture increasingly hostile to the Church.



November 2, 2016Pia round

Called to Be Saints: Living Out a Discipleship as Unique as Yourself

Pia de Solenni

What does the Church teach us about whit means to live as disciples? Dr. de Solenni will share her insights about what this looks like for a married woman and a scholar.

August 31, 2016Anderson round

Living as an Authentic Disciple in the Public Square

Ryan T. Anderson

Dr. Ryan Anderson discusses why being involved in the public square matters, how he approaches that task through faith and reason, the challenges that come along with it, and what Catholics in America need to do now



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The Father of Mercies: Understanding the Relationship Between Mercy and Justice

On May 9, 2016, Dr. Scott Hahn, Author and Father Michael Scanlan TOR Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, presented the final lectureDr.-Scott-Hahn-1

In this Year of Mercy, there are many who think there is an opposition or tension between mercy and justice, but this is a misunderstanding. Dr. Hahn will show that mercy goes beyond justice, but not against it. Throughout salvation history, but most fully at the cross, God gradually reveals his mercy. We take it for granted, but the fact is that God’s fatherhood is the single most revolutionary concept of the faith and the everlasting source of mercy.

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Mercy: An Invitation to encounter Jesus Christ

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Superior General, Sisters of Life presented her lecture on merciful love at the Archbishop’s Lecture Series on February 23rd.

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V.

Many struggle to believe that God is for them, and therefore remain far from God and His Church.  Merciful love simultaneously reveals to the one loved their worth and dignity, and the Heart of Jesus Christ.  The works of mercy are the most effective apologetic for the sacredness of life and human love; topics essential to the success of the Church’s new evangelization.  The effective evangelist is one aware that s/he has been rescued by Mercy and “knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and forgiven.” (Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015)

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