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.

2016 Lecture

Lest Loves Compete: St. Augustine’s Theology of Charity
7 p.m., Sept. 21, 2016
Sinquefield Stateroom, Saint Louis University

David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Director of the Edmund Campion Centre for Catholic Studies

Past Lectures 

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