Pastoral Associate’s Lecture Series

Pastoral Associate’s Lecture Series

Contemporary Catholicism engages a variety of questions present in many of our minds. What is the role of Catholicism to other Christian traditions? How have Christians engaged people in the past who belong to other faiths? How are we called to engage each other now? How are Christians called to engage with the ecological crisis? The refugee crisis? The food crisis? How have some of the Church’s teachings come to exist, and what role do they play in the lives of modern Christians? Education and discussion on these and other topics is an important way to engage the minds and hearts of the faithful. Please join us each 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00pm in the lower level of the church for a lecture and discussion on one of a variety of topics. Lectures are sometimes given by Dr. Elizabeth Smith, pastoral associate, and sometimes by a guest lecturer from other universities or churches. Lectures run from September through May. Wine and cheese are served at these events! For more information, please email Dr. Elizabeth Smith at

The 2018-2019 schedule of topics includes:

September 16: Holistic Spirituality
Lecture by guest speaker Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP

October 21: How can our Faith be a Resource to
Help People Escape Domestic Violence?
Special 2 ½ hour interactive workshop by
Alyson Katzman, associate director, Safe Havens

November 18: Devotional Practices:
Adoration and Other Ways to Encounter God
Talk by Dr. Elizabeth Smith & Barbara Green

December 9: Christmas: Jesus and/or Santa
Lecture by Fr. Austin Fleming, pastor

January 20: Spiritual, Emotional, & Social Care at the
End of Life: Palliative Care as Pro-Life
Lecture by guest speaker Diane McCarthy,
Initiative for Advance Care Planning, RCAB

February 17: Vulnerability & Cruciformity:
Catholic Theology & the Work of Brené Brown
Reflection & Meditation by Dr. Elizabeth Smith

March 17: St. Patrick: The Man, the Myth, the Theology
Abbreviated lecture & St. Patrick’s day party – Come for the fun facts, stay for the green food!

May 19: The Lord’s Prayer Experience 
A musical and Hebraic study of this central Christian text


Elizabeth Smith PhD

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