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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

The Von Hügel Lecture 2019


Fr Thomas Rosica

In recent years Catholicity has become a tribal designation of a particular group of Christians over against others, divisive and constraining rather than expansive and inviting. The lecture will explore a number of challenges and constrictions in ‘catholicity’ (the abuse crises, Christian Unity, Interreligious Dialogue, formation of priests, lay collaboration and gender representation in the Church) as well as some of the more expansive ways of thinking and being Catholic.

Fr Thomas Rosica, member of the Congregation of Priests of St. Basil and native of the USA, is a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and founding Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, Canada’s first national Catholic Television Network. He is a renowned author, speaker, commentator and lecturer in Sacred Scripture at Canadian Universities. He has served as the Vatican’s English language media attaché at the last five Synods of Bishops as well as assistant to the Director of the Holy See Press Office during the Papal Transition of 2013.

The lecture is free and open to all, no booking required.

Read more about the annual Von Hügel lectures and speakers HERE.

Friday, 8 February, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
St Edmund's College, Garden Room (Library Building)



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