|J.A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Submitted photo|
The Division of Student Development and the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs announce that J.A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M., professor of medieval Christianity in the Department of Theology, will deliver the spring 2014 Last Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Saint Louis Room of the Busch Student Center.
Hellmann grew up in Terre Haute, Ind., and joined the Franciscan friars while yet a college student. He then graduated from the University of Dayton and went to Rome for theological studies, and while there he would skip classes to slip into sessions of the Second Vatican Council. It was that event in Rome that inspired him to move Munich, Germany, to pursue doctoral studies in theology at the Ludwigs-Maximilian University.
Upon completion of his studies in Munich, he began his academic service at Saint Louis University, and this year he will complete 40 years at SLU. During these years he has served as chair of the Department of Theological Studies and, for his Franciscan brothers, he also served as minister provincial. Hellmann has lectured on Francis of Assisi and Franciscan theology and spirituality around the world. He has said that Africa is his favorite continent.
About the Last Lecture Series
Each semester, a faculty member is selected from student nominations for the honor of speaking for the Last Lecture series. The Last Lecture series provides an informal format for selected faculty to share reflections from their life's journey and to speak to students as if it was their last lecture ever. There are not any pre-determined boundaries for the program; the faculty member will speak from the premise, "If you knew this was your last lecture you would ever give, what would you share with students?"