Pastoral Associate’s Lecture Series

Pastoral Associate’s Lecture Series

Contemporary Catholic Christians find themselves facing many questions. What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? How does Catholicism fit in to the larger Christian landscape? How about the landscape of the world’s religions? How are Christians called to engage with the ecological crisis? The refugee crisis? The food crisis? How are Catholic Christians called to counter the cultural norms of our day and how are we called to use them? How have some of the Church’s teachings come to exist, and what role do they play in the lives of modern Christians? Exploration of these and other topics happens the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00pm in the lower level of the church. Lectures are sometimes given by Dr. Elizabeth Smith, pastoral associate, and sometimes by a guest lecturer. Wine and cheese are always served at these events! For more information, please email Dr. Elizabeth Smith at

Please join us for our remaining lecture in the 2018-19 year:

May 19: The Lord's Prayer Experience

A Transformance 
Come for this musical & Hebraic study of a central Christian text

Announcing our schedule for our 2019-2020 year!

September 15: Understanding Refugees
Grace Gaskill, Program Coordinator, Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

October 20: Spiritual, Emotional, & Social Care at the End of Life:
Palliative Care as Pro-Life
Diane McCarthy, Initiative for Advance Care Planning,
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

November 17: The Border Wall—A Catholic Response
Marjean Perjot, Director, Refugee & Immigration Services,
Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

December 15: Challenging Exhaustion as a Status Symbol
An Advent Challenge to the Christmas Hustle
Reflection & meditation by Dr. Elizabeth Smith

January 19: Religion and Race
A Presentation and Discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Smith

February 16: Lecture by special guest Dr. Ernest Collamati, professor of religious studies, Regis College

March 15: Beware the Ides of March:
Reflections on the 
Relationship Between the Sacred and the Secular
A lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Smith

April 19: Help Me to Heaven: Why I’m a Unity Hopeful
Reflection on a World of “Enemies” by Dr. Smith

May 17: Living Laudato Si' When it comes to Plastic
Movie Screening of A Plastic Ocean and
Discussion Led by Holy Family's Living Laudato Si' Team

retreat word on concrette wall
Elizabeth Smith PhD


The February 17 presentation entitled “Vulnerability & Cruciformity: Catholic Theology in Dialogue with the work of Dr. Brene Brown” was such a hit that we’re offering a more extended version in the form of a one-day retreat!  Please give yourself the treat of watching Brown’s TED talk HERE. If you enjoyed the talk, or if you enjoy the video, please consider joining us on Saturday, September 21 in the lower level (the same location as the lectures) 10am-6pm for our one-day Vulnerability & Cruciformity Retreat led by Dr. Elizabeth Smith. Practice skills such as empathy and vulnerability, learn important concepts such as the difference between guilt and shame, and allow your spirit to enjoy some of the fundamentals of Christian truth and joy translated through the lens of modern psychology. The cost is free, and no registration is required, but please email Elizabeth at if you know you’ll be coming so we can plan for food. We hope you join us!

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