Fr. Llywelyn Presents on the Virgin Mary in Battle

Written by Laura Paskin
May 7, 2015

Reverend Dorian Llywelyn, S.J., holder of the Rev. William F. LeRoux Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences, deliver the LeRoux lecture on May 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium. He will present "Constantinople and Washington, DC: The Virgin Mary In Battle." From the third century, Christians have looked to the mother of Jesus seeking protection, and invoked her not only as a maternal figure of peace, but also as a warrior and defender in religious, cultural, and military conflicts. Underneath our contemporary evocations of Mary lie surprising ancient roots.

Fr. Llywelyn holds degrees in English and Theology from universities in the United Kingdom, Spain, and the United States. He has lived and taught in eight different countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He earned his PhD at the University of Wales and has taught both there and at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he is Director of the Catholic Studies program and associate professor of theology.

Fr. Llywelyn's academic expertise is Christian spirituality, with a focus on the relationship between culture and religious experience. His book, Sacred Place, Chosen People: Land and National Identity in Welsh Spirituality (University of Chicago Press), investigates religious and cultural identities in his native Wales. His second book, Toward a Catholic Theology of Nationality (Lexington Press), examines nationalism and national identity through the lens of systematic theology. He has published articles on Eastern Christian iconography, Mariology, hymnology, theology and culture, ecumenism, and popular religiosity. He is currently writing a book on devotion to the Virgin Mary and war.

The College of Arts and Sciences, Seattle University's largest college, provides funding for the William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair in Arts and Sciences. The endowed chair is awarded to a Jesuit academic in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. The appointment is for one academic quarter.

William F. LeRoux, S.J. came to Seattle University in 1958 as a professor in theology. He served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1977 - 82) and as an assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement from 1982 until his death in 2004. He was a much beloved ambassador to alumni and friends.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 6 master's degrees.