Gathering Points: Tracking the Spirit in Challenging Times

The Gathering Points lecture series are co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and Gesu Parish. These lectures take place twice a year and comprised of such topics as of such topics as faith, spirituality, contemporary church issues and social justice. They are designed for the parish communty, the university community and women and men from around Milwaukee to grow in an adult faith by listening to notable speakers and engaging in reflection and dilogue. They encourage listeners to, "track the Spirit in challenging times."

"Does the theology of the laity have a future?"
Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz

Gaillardetz is the Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and was elected vice-president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Date: February 28, 2012
AMU Ballrooms C and D 7 p.m.


Gathering Points Lecture Series Archive (Archived by date)

"Who's In and Who's Out The Challenges of Religious Pluralism in 21st Century America"
Dr. John L. Esposito

Dr. John L. Esposito is a University Professor as well as Professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University

Kinship across Borders: Christian Ethics and Immigration
Dr. Kristin Heyer
Date: April 12, 2011

Kristin Heyer serves as Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.  Kristin is the author of Prophetic and Public: the Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism (Georgetown University Press, 2006), which won the College Theology Society’s “Best Book Award” and co-editor of Catholics and Politics: Dynamic Tensions between Religion and Politics, (Georgetown University Press, 2008). Christian commitments to human rights and social solidarity pose challenges to the causes and consequences of undocumented immigration in our present context. This spring's Gathering Points lecture will take up ways in which Christian ethics illuminates the human impact of immigration policies, practices and rhetoric.

"What in God's Eye [S]he Is": Prospects for Women in Tomorrow's Church"
Sr. Anne E. Patrick, SNJM
Date: April 6, 2011
AMU Ballrooms 7:00pm

Sister Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, Ph.D., is a Laird Professor of Religion and the Liberal Arts (Emerita) at Carleton College of Northfield, Minn. Sister Patrick is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and a founding vice president of the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology. She has been a director of the Society of Christian Ethics, an editor for the Religious Book Club, and a columnist for Liturgy. Her writings on religious, ethical and literary topics have appeared in many books and periodicals, and she is the author of Liberating Conscience: Feminist Explorations in Catholic Moral Theology and Women, Conscience, and the Creative Process.

Ecojustice and Creation Care
Rev. John A. Coleman, S.J.
Date: October 12, 2010

Rev. John A. Coleman, S.J., associate pastor of Saint Ignatius Church,
was the Charles Casassa Professor of Social Values at Loyola Marymount
University from 1997-2009. His most recent books include John Coleman
and William Ryan, eds., Globalization and Catholic Social Thought
(Orbis Press, 2005) and Christian Political Ethics (Princeton University
Press, 2007). For the past several years, Coleman has been
lecturing and writing about environmental topics.

Numen Flumenque, Mulieres Ecclesiaque: God and River, Women and the Church
Sr. Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF
Date: April 13, 2010
, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Sister Margaret Guider, OSF, is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and the congregation’s vice president and councilor for mission. She lectures widely and, in recent years, has been noted for her work on intercultural communication, racism and racial privilege, the Franciscan missionary charism, and consecrated life in the context of a world church.

Justice for Women in Catholic Social Teaching
Dr. Lisa Cahill
J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
Date: November 5, 2009

Dr. Cahill is the J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College where she has taught theology since 1976. She is past president of the Catholic Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. Her areas of special interest are method intheological ethics, especially in the Roman Catholic natural law tradition; use of Scripture in ethics;ethics of sex and gender; medical ethics; and history of Christian ethics.

Reforming the Vatican: What the Church Can Learn from Other Institutions
Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J.
Senior Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

Date: March 19, 2009

Father Reese is widely recognized expert on the U.S. Catholic Church and former editor of America magazine. He authored a trilogy of books examining church organization and politics on the local, national and international levels: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church; A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.

Religion, Race and Politics
Rev. Bryan Massingale
Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University

Date: October 21, 2008

Associate Professor of Theology, Marquette University Father Bryan Massingale received his Doctorate of Sacred Theology in Systematics/Ethics in 1991. He specializes in Roman Catholic moral theology with a focus on Catholic social thought, liberation theologies, African-American religious action, racial reconciliation, environmental justice and terrorism and the challenge of peacemaking.

Honoring the Richness of Diversity: Cultures and Theology
Bishop Joseph Perry
Date: February 22, 2005

Audio lecture*:

Dialogue of the Faithful: Fundamentalism and the Contemporary Catholic Church
Dr. R. Scott Appleby
Date: November 9, 2004

Audio lecture*:

Developing a Reconciling Spirit: The Challange for Church Leaders, Lay, and Ordained
Sister Katarina Schuth
Date: September 29, 2004

Audio lecture*:

Debunking Five Great Vatican Myths: Clearing a space for dialogue with Rome
John Allen
Date: April 14, 2004

Audio lecture*:

A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America
Peter Steinfels
Date: February 4, 2004

Audio lecture*:

Campus Calendar

From time to time, mission-related events and programs are held to emphasize the importance of Marquette's mission in the lives of students, faculty and staff. Use the links below to view upcoming happenings within our campus community.

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Contact the Office of Mission and Ministry

Office of Mission and Ministry
Zilber Hall, 423
1250 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 288-1881
Fax: (414) 288-3161