Guest Lecture Series

Sharing the Wisdom Lecture Series

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“The Vibrant Parish: The Pastoral Plan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church"

Bishop Ken Nowakowski (Bishop of New Westminster for Ukrainian Catholics in British Columba and Yukon, Canada)
November 1st, 2013

Bishop Nowakowski is the head of the Implementation Team for Vision 2020: the Pastoral Strategic Plan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Bishop Nowakowski lived and worked in Ukraine from 1991 to 2001, was the chief of staff of the office of the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, founder and president of Caritas Ukraine, and the Press Officer of the Catholic Churches in Ukraine for the historic visit of Pope John Paul ll in 2001. He served as rector of Holy Spirit Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, Canada from autumn 2001 until his appointment as Bishop of New Westminster in the spring of 2007.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Composer for the Catholic liturgy

Lorenzo Candelaria (Professor of Music History and Literature, The University of Texas at El Paso)
December 6th, 2013

Dr. Candelaria is a historian of Western European art music in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. His research focuses on Catholic music in sixteenth-century Spain and its subsequent impact on devotional cultures in Latin America and the southwestern United States. An accomplished violinist and an active lecturer, Dr. Candaleria is also a prolific author. His recent books include American Music: A Panorama (with Daniel Kingman) and The Rosary Cantoral: Ritual and Social Design in a Chantbook from Early Renaissance Toledo. He is currently writing a book entitled Music in Mexican Catholicism.

"'A Light to the Nation': Archbishop John Carroll's Blueprint for Catholic Life in America"

Dr. Kevin D. Roberts (President, Wyoming Catholic College)
February 4th, 2014

Catholics in America today do not know enough history of their faith in their country. In this talk, Dr. Roberts offers some solutions to that problem, offering a preview of his upcoming biography of the first Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, John Carroll. As Roberts contends, Archbishop Carroll not only navigated the tumultuous revolutionary era but also contributed to its founding—despite most Americans distrusting the Church and their few fellow citizens who were members. By understanding Carroll's life, we gain a more thorough understanding of the Founding, and, in particular, the role of religion in it. Moreover, by examining the strategies that Carroll employed, we can also gain a clearer understanding of the ways in which Catholic life is both at odds with, and a calming influence on, the American Republic.

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"Lincoln's Address on the Kansas-Nebraska Act"

Dr. Richard D. Ferrier (Tutor, Thomas Aquinas College)
March 21st, 2014

Dr. Ferrier has 25 years of experience in Great Books discussions at St. John's College, Annapolis, and Thomas Aquinas College, California.He is President of the Declaration Foundation, serves on the the Board of the California Association of Scholars, and the higher education correspondent for the California Political Review. Dr. Ferrier is co-author ofDeclaration Statesmanship: A Course in American Government, and has put his philosophy into action as vice-chairman of the campaign that gained passage for the California Civil Rights Initiative.

All presentations are open to the public.