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The John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lectures

This series of lectures delivered by leading scholars exemplifies the central mission of the Saint Louis University College of Philosophy and Letters: to provide our students with the intellectual tools for reflecting on the social, cultural and theological contexts of Catholic ministry in today's world.

The discipline of philosophy has traditionally supplied the framework for such reflection, oriented toward preparation for theological studies.

Today, in response to the Church's call for fruitful dialogue between faith and the contemporary world, philosophical reflection must also illuminate the various social and cultural contexts in which Christian ministry finds itself.

This orientation toward the context of ministry thoroughly imbued the research, writing and teaching of Father John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., a Jesuit philosopher and member of the Saint Louis University Department of Philosophy from 1974 until his death in 2012. It is thus entirely appropriate that the Lecture Series takes Fr. Kavanaugh as its inspiration and exemplar.

2019 John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Philosophy for Ministry Lecture

To be delivered by Theodore Vitali, C.P., on “The Pursuit of Intimacy”
4 p.m.
September 19, 2019 

Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall, Room 409

Father Vitali will speak on radical loneliness as part of the human condition, and how we seek to overcome this deep loneliness all our lives. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Past Lectures 

2018: A Joint John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.- Walter J. Ong, S.J. Bicentennial Event The Pressure of the Word: Presence and Distance in Walter J. Ong’s Secondary Orality
Steve Schloesser, S.J.
Professor History, Loyola University-Chicago

2017: Guilt and Forgiveness
Eleonore Stump, Ph.D. 
Robert J. Henle, S.J., Professor of Philosophy

2016: Lest Loves Compete: St. Augustine’s Theology of Charity
David Meconi, S.J., D.Phil.
Associate Professor of Theological Studies
Director of the Edmund Campion Centre for Catholic Studies

2015: Liturgy and the Work of Ethics
Jeffrey Bishop, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy,
Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
Tenet Chair of Health Care Ethics

2014: Testimony and Religious Belief
John Greco, Ph.D.
Leonard and Elizabeth Eslick Chair in Philosophy
Saint Louis University