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Shannon Lecture Series

Shannon Lecture Series

“Faith tells us that only a new heart . . . can create a new world: a heart of ‘flesh’ that loves, suffers, and rejoices with others.” - Pope Francis

Our Distinguished Speakers

Simone Campbell, S.S.S.
September 19–20, 2013

Bryan N. Massingale
November 14–15, 2013

Jeanette Rodriguez
March 20–21, 2014

Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J.
April 10–11, 2014

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies presents...

Acting on Faith, Doing Justice

In his characteristically incisive and candid way, Pope Francis observes: “In this world of globalization, we have fallen into a globalization of indifference. We are accustomed to the suffering of others, it doesn’t concern us, it’s none of our business.” Our lecturers, in their lives and in their work, show us how faith challenges this indifference and calls us to responsibility for each other and for our world. Acting on faith means doing justice.

Each of our lecturers witnesses to a faith that expresses itself in action—action on behalf of justice in our communities and nations, in the Church and in the world. Whether in town meetings or congressional offices, in classrooms or lecture halls, in the media or in print, they speak out against injustice. Drawing on the resources of their faith—Gospel values, principles of human dignity and the common good, contemporary theological insights honed in distinctive cultures—they address the many and global causes of human suffering: poverty and hunger, homelessness and forced migration, lack of health care, discrimination and violation of human rights, violence and war. They invite us to embrace an expansive vision of faith that recognizes and celebrates the gifts of diversity, challenges and transforms unjust structures, and builds bridges of understanding among all people of good will.

Please join us in welcoming to the Shannon Chair podium our distinguished speakers: Simone Campbell, S.S.S., Bryan N. Massingale, Jeanette Rodriguez, and Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J.

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