Catholic Heritage Lectures

This year, the Catholic Heritage Lectures explore the importance of spiritual practice in the advancement of the intellectual life, the building of resilience in the work of activism and advocacy, and the cultivation of joy when working on the margins.

(image description: Background is the door to Chapel of St. Ignatius. Foreground: Left is photo of Margie Pfeil with smiling, to the right "Winter Catholic Heritage Lecture Spiritual Practice and Activism and Advocacy". Bottom: Thursday, March 7 Margaret Pfeil, Notre Dame) 

Winter: Spiritual Practice and Activism and Advocacy 

Margie Pfeil, Notre Dame
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in Le Roux Room (STCN 160)

Tending the Flame: Spiritual Practice, Advocacy, and Activism

This lecture will explore the possibilities available through spiritual practice for sustaining the work and vocation of advocacy and activism. Attending to personal and communal narrative through the lens of contemplative awareness, what might be a fruitful process of discernment in developing life-giving spiritual practices? Resources from various spiritual traditions offer insight into the generative relationship between contemplation and action, and witnesses such as Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thich Nhat Hanh help to illuminate paths of spiritually grounded action for social justice.

Dr. Margaret R. Pfeil holds a joint appointment in the Department of Theology and the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame and is a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Her research interests include Catholic social thought, racial justice, ecological ethics, and peace studies. She is a founder and resident of the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker Community in South Bend, Indiana.

Save the Date:

Spring: Spiritual Practices and Working on the Margins
Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm in Pigott Auditorium

An RSVP is required for this lecture!

2018-19 Catholic Heritage Lecture Keynotes

Andrew Prevot, PhD

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Boston College

Margi Pfeil, PhD

Notre Dame Theology Department and the Center for Social Concerns

Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Greg Boyle

Founder of Homeboy Industries, Author of 2017 bestseller:

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship