Religious Life Lecture Series 2004-2005

Church of Christ - Light for the Nations: Ecclesia Christi & Lumen Gentium

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Jane E. Humphreys

 The Venerable Jane E. Humphreys          

 "FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN"

Understanding ourselves is often made easier when we ask another to tell us what they see. Archdeacon Jane Humphreys will reflect on Ecumenism, Priesthood and Ministry as she has experienced them throughout her Christian journey.

The Venerable Jane E. Humphreys was ordained a priest of the Anglican Church in 1992.  She attended seminary at Huron College. Jane has a deep commitment to justice, evangelism and worship.  She is a thoughtful commentator on the current life of the church and looks to interpret her life in the context of Christ’s love.

October 20, 2004

 Sister Ellen Leonard

 Sister Ellen Leonard, CSJ

 "FEMINIST VOICES IN THEOLOGY"

New feminist voices are emerging in theology not only in North America but throughout the world.  This presentation will reflect on the work of critique and reconstruction that is occurring as feminist theologians from diverse cultural contexts undertake the task of theology.

Sister Ellen Leonard, CSJ,is a Sister of St. Joseph of Toronto.  She is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at the Faculty of Theology University of St. Michael’s College and the Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto.  Sister Ellen is particularly interested in exploring the position of women within the Catholic tradition.

November 10, 2004

Eugene Fisher

Eugene Fisher, PhD

 "CATHOLIC-JEWISH RELATIONS: NEVER A DULL MOMENT"

During the past 30 years, Fisher has been charting the marked improvement in the relationship between Christianity and Judaism within the Catholic community. Here he discusses the changing attitudes of both the official church and its members, addresses the question "Are the Gospels anti-Semitic?", pointing the way toward increased dialogue and celebration of the common heritage.

Dr. Fisher is Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB), responsible for Catholic-Jewish relations, a position he has held since 1977. Dr. Fisher is the first layperson to hold the NCCB post.

Sponsored by The Centre for Jewish-Catholic Learning

November 17, 2004

Reverend Frank Morrisey

Reverend Frank Morrisey, OMI

"THE RIGHTS and DUTIES OF THE FAITHFUL ACCORDING TO THE CODE OF CANON LAW"

In 1983, Pope John Paul II promulgated the Code of Canon law which, for the first time, contains a fundamental charter of rights of all the baptized.  The rights cover such areas as: personal privacy, reputation, personal spirituality, right of expression, right to receive the sacraments, right of due process, right to study the sacred sciences, right of association, and so forth.  Of course, rights are accompanied by obligations, and these too must be ascertained carefully. 

Reverend Frank Morrisey, OMI was ordained to the priesthood, for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, in 1961. His studies at the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University earned him eleven degrees in Philosophy, Theology, Religious Education, and Canon Law. His ministry has been spent mostly in Ottawa, but he has also been involved in activities for the Holy See and has been asked to lecture in some forty countries around the world.  He is presently Titular Professor of Canon Law, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. 

Annual Christ the King Lecture / Co-sponsored by the London District Catholic School Board

January 12, 2005

Dante Lenardon

Dante Lenardon, Ph D, Professor Emeritus

"THE SPIRITUAL QUEST OF MICHELANGELO"

In encountering the overpowering genius of Michelangelo one can fail to fully understand a spirituality which emanates from his art and poetry and which seeks to find fulfillment with the crucified Christ.

Dr. Lenardon has taught in the Modern Languages Department of King’s University College since 1958 and has been constant in approaching his disciples from a learned religious and spiritual perspective.  He has several honours for teaching excellence.

February 2, 2005

Reverend Ronald Rolheiser

Reverend Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, PhD

"THE INCLUSIVE EMBRACE OF CATHOLICITY: THE CHURCH’S REAL LIGHT TO THE NATIONS – AND NEIGHBOURS."

In a world of division, bitterness, historical hurt, intoxicating ideologies, and growing intolerance, what kind of Church do we need to build in order to be a light to the nations – and the neighbours?

Reverend Ronald Rolheiser, OMI is the General Councillor for Canada, for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. For most of the 26 years of his priesthood, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta and remains an adjunct faculty member at University of Seattle.  He has written many books and is a regular columnist in a number of papers and has articles published various popular magazines.

February 16, 2005

Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro

Bishop Ronald P. Fabbro, CSB

"THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY AND THE CHURCH’S EVANGELIZING MISSION"

For several years now the bishops in collaboration with the presidents of Catholic colleges and universities in Canada have been studying the Roman document Ex Corde Ecclesiae.  The presentation will refer to the participles and norms of the document and investigate how they inspire the evangelizing mission of Catholic institutions of higher learning in Canada today.

Ronald Peter Fabbro, CSB was ordained Bishop  of the Diocese of London on August 15, 2002.  He obtained both a Baccalaureate and a Master of Mathematics as well as a Master of Divinity Degree.  Entering the Basilian novitiate he was ordained in 1970. Later completing a Doctorate in Theology Bishop Fabbro has been a member of the Theology Committee of the Canadian Religious Conference (National) and served on the Administrative Council of the CRC (Ontario).

Second Annual Sisters of St. Joseph Endowed Lecture

March 2, 2005

London Pro Musica

London Pro Musica

"WHEN THE SPIRIT SINGS: THE MARRIAGE OF WORD AND SONG IN SACRED MUSIC"

Composers will say that the words inspire the choice of notes; writers will say that the notes add depth and breadth to the text.  For thousands of years sacred texts have inspired composers to write some of our civilization's greatest musical masterpieces.  This concert will explore the evocative union of words and music in a variety of compositions from different traditions, with a particular emphasis on works by Canadian composers.

London Pro Musica is dedicated to its cultural service role through performances in and for local and regional communities. LPM performs an extensive range of classical music as well as a repertoire of popular music including jazz, folk and musical theatre selections.