The John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lectures

This series of lectures delivered by leading scholars exemplifies the central mission of the Saint Louis University College of Philosophy and Letters: to provide our students with the intellectual tools for reflecting on the social, cultural and theological contexts of Catholic ministry in today's world.

The discipline of philosophy has traditionally supplied the framework for such reflection, oriented 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 Department of Philosophy from 1974 until his death in 2012. It is thus entirely appropriate that the Lecture Series takes Fr. Kavanaugh as its inspiration and exemplar.

2018 Bicentennial Lecture

September 20, 2018 
Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall 

In September 2018, the College of Philosophy and Letters and the Department of English will cosponsor a joint John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.- Walter J. Ong, S.J. Bicentennial Event.

The event will include presentations on the Ong Digital Archive, Walter Ong’s work as a professor at Saint Louis University, and a keynote lecture by Steve Schloesser, S.J., professor of history at Loyola University-Chicago.

Past Lectures 

2017: Guilt and Forgiveness
Eleonore Stump, Ph.D. 
Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy

2016: Lest Loves Compete: St. Augustine’s Theology of Charity
David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Director of the Edmund Campion Centre for Catholic Studies

2015: Liturgy and the Work of Ethics
Jeffrey Bishop, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy,
Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Tenet Chair of Health Care Ethics

2014: Testimony and Religious Belief
John Greco, Ph.D.
Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy
Saint Louis University