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.
The American Catholic Church is richly unique in its legacy of and continual unfolding ethnic and racial diversity. The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture’s 2019-20 Catholic Heritage Lectures highlight the contribution of three particular contributors: Hispanic/Latin American Catholics, African American Catholics, and Asian American Catholics. While enriching the Church through continual presence over the last many centuries, these groups face particular challenges unique to their often tension-filled interaction with institutional and local parish cultures. As we hear from each speaker this year, we are invited to consider how we might mutually shape, form, and cultivate the Church of the 21st Century.
Asian-American Catholics: Challenges and Opportunities for Full Citizenship and Church Life
This year’s Catholic Heritage Lecture Series is focused on the theme “Cultural Contributions and Contemporary Challenges to American Catholic Life” and concludes this spring with a Zoom lecture and discussion featuring Dr. Peter Phan of Georgetown University.
Peter C. Phan, a native of Vietnam, emigrated as a refugee to the U.S.A. in 1975. He obtained three doctorates, the Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana, Rome, and the Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Divinity from the University of London. He has taught at many institutions, and is currently at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where he holds the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought. He is the first non-Anglo to be elected President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010 he was given the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor of the Catholic Theological Society of America, in recognition for outstanding and distinguished achievement in theology. His publications range far and wide in theology. Read his full bio here.
This year’s series has provided an amazing array of perspectives, stories and research. The first three lectures were recorded, and we invite you to watch these wonderful videos that contribute to the ongoing discussion of “Cultural Contributions and Contemporary Challenges in American Catholic Life.” View the series archive
Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion Ethics and Culture
College of the Holy Cross
Assoc. Director, Degree Program for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies
University of Dayton