Philosophy for Ministry Lectures
The John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lecture Series
This Series features university lectures, delivered by leading philosophers, which
exemplify the central mission of the College of Philosophy and Letters: to provide
its students with the intellectual tools for reflecting on the social, cultural, and
theological contexts of Catholic ministry in today's world. Traditionally, the discipline
of philosophy has supplied the framework for such reflection, oriented above all
toward preparation for theological studies. Today, in response to the Church's call
for fruitful dialogue between faith and the contemporary world, philosophical reflection
must also illuminate the various social and cultural contexts in which Christian
ministry finds itself. This orientation toward the context of ministry thoroughly
imbued the research, writing, and teaching of Father John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.,
a Jesuit philosopher and member of the Saint Louis University Philosophy
Department from 1974 until his death in 2012. It is thus entirely appropriate that
the Lecture Series takes Fr. Kavanaugh as its inspiration and exemplar.
Inaugural Philosophy for Ministry Lecture:
"Testimony and Religious Belief"
Professor John Greco
Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy
Saint Louis University
The Inaugural Lecture will take place this coming fall, on Thursday, September
11, 2014, at 3 PM, in the Sinquefield Stateroom (Saint Louis University, DuBourg
Hall, room 409).