Dahlgren Chapel Sacred Lecture Series

  • A Life Wound by Mercy
    November 16, 2016

    Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D, reflects on a particularly fundamental Ignatian theme of finding God in all things, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Early in his pontificate Pope Francis likened the church to a field hospital where the world’s wounded would be welcomed and the healthy are missioned to healing service of their sisters and brothers. This image of a field hospital fits our fractured reality. At the conclusion of this Jubilee Year we remain a wounded people. The challenge remains for all of us, the wounded and the healthy. Fr. Gray is known nationally and internationally for his scholarship and teaching on Ignatian spirituality. He is currently serving as Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Georgetown University. Click the title above to see the full video online.

  • Where There is Sorrow, There is Holy Ground
    February 17, 2016

    Novelist Alice McDermott considers the question she is most frequently asked, "Why are your stories so sad?" Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels and is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Her works have been nominated for, and awarded, numerous literary prizes. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Commonweal and elsewhere.

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  • A Spirituality of Accompaniment: What We Can Learn from Jesuit Refugee Service
    December 8, 2015

    Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., Ph.D., University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College and holder of the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center, poses the following questions: How should the world respond to the refugee crisis of today? What can Christian values contribute? How can the spirituality of Ignatius Loyola that inspires the Jesuit Refugee Service be of help, both in responding to the crisis and in all of life? Fr. Hollenbach examines the interrelated roles of accompaniment, service and advocacy in responding to the humanitarian crises of our time.

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  • Spirituality For The Afternoon of Christianity
    October 19, 2015

    Christianity’s long history up to the beginning of modernity represented its morning – a time for building institutions and doctrinal structures. Then, in the West, a “noonday crisis” occurred. The clash with modernity, secularization, the “death of God,” are all names used to describe this on-going phase. The crisis will continue until we understand this de-stabilizing moment as an opportunity, a path to maturity, and a turning-point away from external structures to the very core of Christianity. Rev. Tomáš Halík, Czech philosopher and public intellectual, was awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize in recognition of his work as a leading international advocate for and convener of dialogue among different faiths and nonbelievers.

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  • THE CHALLENGES AND GRACES OF FRIENDSHIP: AN IGNATIAN PERSPECTIVE
    March 19, 2015

    The tradition of friendship was a pivotal theme in St. Ignatius Loyola’s approach to God, and in his pastoral and apostolic works. As the founder of the Jesuit Order, St. Ignatius’ emphasis on friendship has been fundamental to the life and work of Jesuits throughout the ages. What does this emphasis on friendship mean for women and men involved in Jesuit Education today? Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D., is the Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry, a writer, speaker and workshop leader on Ignatian topics. Fr. Gray is a regular contributor to The Hoya’s As This Jesuit Sees It…

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  • FROM IGNATIUS TO ARRUPE TO FRANCIS: A JESUIT LEADERSHIP CONTINUUM
    January 27, 2015

    In conjunction with the publication of his latest book, The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) Rev. John O'Malley, S.J., University Professor in the Theology department, offers perspectives on the personal and public lives of these historic Jesuit leaders.

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  • THE SOCIETY OF JESUS RESTORED: HOW NEW? HOW OLD?
    September 18, 2014

    After several decades when the Jesuits were suppressed by papal decree, the restoration of the Society of Jesus as a religious order marks an important moment in the history of the Jesuits and of Georgetown. Reflecting on this historical moment, we learn lessons about the vitality of the Jesuits'; mission, then and now, and the important work of Jesuit universities like Georgetown, which for centuries have strived to serve the greater glory of God and the common good. Rev. John W. Padberg, S.J., an internationally recognized scholar and author, was director and editor of the Institute of Jesuit Sources from 1986 until 2014.

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