The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures, launched in 2010, engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and the intersection of Catholicism and culture.
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)
Margie Pfeil, Notre Dame
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in Le Roux Room (STCN 160)
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.
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!
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Notre Dame Theology Department and the Center for Social Concerns
Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Founder of Homeboy Industries, Author of 2017 bestseller:
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship