Lumen Christi Institute Chicago: Lectures on Catholicism & Culture

The Lumen Christi Institute advocates, supports and nurtures intellectual work done in intimate relation to the Light of Christ, the Catholic Christian tradition, and the teaching authority of the Church.

The Lumen Christi Institute exists to strengthen and nourish contemporary intellectual culture by deepening knowledge of the Catholic tradition, and to build up the Catholic presence in higher education by fostering the cultural formation of the university.

Lumen Christi Institute of Chicago: Lectures on Catholicism & Culture:

The link takes us to a webpage with videos of lectures

Here are a couple, just to give a flavor:

April 27: “The Dignity of Being a Substance” by Gilles Emery, OP

Wednesday, April 27, 4:30pm
Gilles Emery, OP (University of Fribourg)
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 East 58th Street
co-sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought and the Program in Medieval Studies

Thomas Aquinas characterized the person as “what is most perfect” and “most worthy” in all of nature. What grounds the dignity of the human being as a person? While in our day a metaphysical approach to the question is undervalued, this lecture attempts to show the value of such an approach in terms of “substance” and “nature.”

Gilles Emery, OP, was born and grew up in the Swiss Alps. He is professor of dogmatic theology at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. His publications include La Trinité créatrice; Trinity in Aquinas; Trinity, Church, and the Human Person: Thomistic Essays; The Trinitarian Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas; and The Trinity: An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Triune God, forthcoming June 2011.


April 13: Jean-Luc Marion at the Alliance Française

“Cardinal Lustiger and the New Springtime of the Church in Paris”
Wednesday, April 13, 6:00pm
Alliance Française de Chicago
54 West Chicago Avenue

A close friend of Jean-Luc Marion, Cardinal Lustiger was nicknamed “le bulldozer” for his efforts to rebuild the Church as Archbishop of Paris. He established new parishes, founded the “École Cathédrale,” created Radio Notre-Dame, founded a center for cultural dialogue in a 13th-century monastery building on the Left Bank, and published best-selling books, among them Dare to Believe. Lustiger’s work was rooted in the “French School” of spirituality of Cardinal Pierre de Bérulle and Jean-Jacques Olier (founder of the Sulpicians). Lustiger was committed to deepening the French Church’s reconciliation with democracy and to strengthening relations with the Jewish people, to whom he belonged by birth.

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