Dahlgren Chapel Sacred Lecture Series

  • Sharing the Journey with Immigrants: A Reflection on Human Goodness
    March 12, 2019

    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. 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.

  • The New Spirituality of St. Ignatius
    October 4, 2018

    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. Fr. O’Malley’s 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.

  • The Centrality of the Good Person in Jesuit Education
    April 18, 2018

    The tradition of educating for goodness, for discovering one’s personal moments of summons to be a good person, lies within, not outside, higher education. Rev. Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D., returned to Georgetown for the spring Dahlgren Chapel Sacred Lecture, his third and what proved to be his final lecture at Georgetown. Fr. Gray drew on over sixty years experience as a teacher, administrator and board member at Georgetown, Fordham University, John Carroll University, Loyola University-New Orleans, University of Detroit-Mercy, Weston School of Theology, and the Jesuit School of Theology-Berkeley. At the time of his death in May 2018, Fr. Gray was on the staff of Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

  • From the Desert to the Center of Life: Spirituality's Public Consequence
    January 31, 2018

    Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, a very public figure on Capitol Hill and in the media, speaks openly and intimately about her own spiritual journey and how the people she meets in her work - from powerful politicians to regular folks with problems - inspire her work and ministry. As a member of the religious order Sisters of Social Service, Sister Simone lives out her vocation as Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, working to create a society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the abundance of God's creation. Sr. Simone has led five cross-country "Nuns on the Bus" trips focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, and bridging divides in politics and society.

  • Pope Francis: Fresh Perspectives on Synodality
    September 12, 2017

    Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, reflects on recent synods (authoritative meetings of Bishops to advise the Pope on Church teaching or governance) convoked by Pope Francis concerning the Family (2014 and 2015), and about the upcoming Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment (2018.) Cardinal Wuerl draws on his 30+ years as a Bishop during which time he participated in eleven synods. He commends Pope Francis' style of dialogue and collaboration that has brought new vitality to this essential process of Church administration. Cardinal Wuerl was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and participated in the March 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis.

  • 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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    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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