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Jesuits Examine Ignatian Values Today in Bicentennial Speaker Series


Best-selling author and founder of “Homeboy Industries” Greg Boyle, S.J., will lead off a series of today’s preeminent Jesuit writers, scholars and practitioners in honor of Saint Louis University’s bicentennial.

The speaker series, “SLU Bicentennial Lecture Series: The Jesuit Influence in American Spirituality, Education and Society,” will examine the contemporary impacts of the Jesuit tradition and Ignatian values.

The lectures in the series include:

  • Boyle’s talk, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion," is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Saint Louis University and the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. Boyle will speak at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Center for Global Citizenship. The event is also the annual Lally Lecture of the Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The other talks in the series will be held at St. Francis Xavier College Church unless otherwise specified. The following lectures that have been set include:

  • “Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love” presented by Mark Thibodeaux, S.J. Thibodeaux is the author of four books on prayer including Armchair Mystic and God’s Voice Within. He is the novice master of the Society of Jesus’s Central and Southern Province. Thibodeaux’s talk is currently set for 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.
  • “Lessons from Pope Francis on American Politics and Life,” presented by Matt Malone, S.J. Malone is the editor-in-chief of America magazine and has been honored by the Catholic Press Association. His talk is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Monday, April 16, 2018.
  • “Reimagining Health Care: Ignatian Insights for Achieving the Greater Good,” presented by Michael Rozier, S.J. (A&S ‘03). Rozier is a global health researcher and public health ethicist. He has served as an ethics fellow for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Rozier’s lecture is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 23, 2018.
  • “Jesuit Education: Do We Need a New Paradigm?” presented by Michael Garanzini, S.J. (A&S ’71). Garanzini is currently the secretary for higher education for the Society of Jesus and serves at its headquarters in Rome. He is a visiting professor of research at Fordham University in the Graduate School of Education. Garanzini’s lecture closes out the series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018.

The talks are free to attend.

For more information, visit the Office of Mission and Identity and SLU’s bicentennial.

Saint Louis University is a world-class Catholic, Jesuit institution educating nearly 13,000 students on two dynamic, urban campuses - in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1818, the University will soon celebrate its bicentennial.
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