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SLU 200: Vatican Astronomer to Speak at 'Jesuits and the Sciences' Symposium

Saint Louis University will host “Jesuits and the Sciences” from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 24, at the new Jesuit Archives and Research Center, 3920 West Pine Boulevard. The symposium is part of the celebrations of SLU’s bicentennial.

The keynote speaker for the symposium will be Vatican astronomer P. David Brown, S.J.

Brown, who earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Oxford in England, joined the Vatican Observatory in 2008 where he continues to work on various aspects of stellar evolutions and serves as caretaker of the telescopes at Castel Gandolfo. He was ordained in 2002.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will examine the contributions of Jesuits to the sciences and technology.

Symposium schedule

  • 9 a.m., Introduction and Welcome: David Miros, Ph.D., Director, Jesuit Archives and Research Center
  • Invocation: Steve Schoenig, S.J., Department of History, Saint Louis University
  • Kaitlyn Centini, student, Lindenwood University (history, religion and art history), “Matteo Ricci: Leader of the Jesuit Mission in China”
  • Kieran Halloran, S.J., Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Philosophy, Saint Louis University, “Laudato Si: A Jesuit Engagement with Technology” 
  • 10:30 a.m., P. David Brown, S.J., Vatican Observatory, “Jesuits in Science as Arising from the Spiritual Exercises and Greater Catholic Milieu: The Ongoing Mission of Jesuits in Astronomy”
  • 11 a.m., Roundtable discussion with P. David Brown, S.J., Kieran Halloran, S.J., Kaitlyn Centini, Ph.D. and Jeffrey P. Bishop, Ph.D., Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at SLU
  • Benediction: Jeff Dorr, S.J., Jesuit Archives and Research Center

Refreshments will be served to all attendees.

The symposium is hosted jointly by the Jesuits Archives and Research Center, the University’s Office for Mission and Identity, and SLU’s Department of History.

For more information, contact Silvana Siddhali, Ph.D., in the Department of History, or call 314-977-2997.