Current Lectures

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Dr. Donna Markham, O.P., Ph.D., A.B.P.P. (President & CEO, Catholic Charities USA) will delivery the Spring 2019 Dahlgren Chapel Sacred Lecture. Her lecture is titled Sharing the Journey with Immigrants: A Reflection on Human Goodness.

Donna Markham OP, PhD, ABPP is a board certified clinical psychologist and Adrian Dominican sister who currently serves as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). Catholic Charities provides $4.6B in services to over 10 million vulnerable people annually. In her position, she oversees the implementation of strategic priorities focused on reducing poverty and enhancing human dignity for individuals and families who live on the margins of society. A transformational leader and creative thinker, Sister Donna is committed to finding solutions to complex social problems. Exercising social responsibility in service to the common good is the goal of her lifework as a psychologist and a woman of faith. An author, educator, clinician and executive, she consults nationally and internationally on issues related to the social determinants of health, organizational transformation and group processes geared toward social and emotional healing.

The lecture will be held in Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart on Georgetown’s Main Campus from 4:00PM-5:30PM.

All are welcome to attend.

On October 4, 2018, Rev. John O’Malley, S.J. (University Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University) will deliver the Fall 2018 Dahlgren Chapel Sacred Lecture. His lecture is titled The New Spirituality of St. Ignatius.


While, today, we have learned to appreciate the movements and textures of Ignatian spirituality, we may not fully appreciate how radical this form of spirituality was in Ignatius’ own day, or how different it was from the more traditional Catholic spiritualities of the time. In his Sacred Lecture, Fr. O’Malley will reflect on the genesis and development of Ignatian spirituality: how it came to be, how it almost disappeared, and how—in the past half-century in particular—it has been recovered. In the end, his lecture will highlight the significance of Ignatian spirituality, and its importance in our lives today.


The lecture will begin at 4:00PM in Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart on Georgetown’s Main Campus.