Loyola University Maryland

Catholic Studies Program



Current Events

Spring 2024

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science, University of California Irvine, author of Wrestling with God: Ethical Precarity in Christianity and International Relations 

  • Public Lecture: “Wrestling with Violence: Christianity and International Relations” 
    Thursday, Feb. 1st, 6:00–7:00 pm, 4th Floor Programming Room
  • Lunch Colloquium: “Political Realism and Religion: Analyzing the Extant, Critiquing Through the Prophetic,”
    Thursday, Feb. 1st, 12:00–1:00 pm, TBD (BYOL)

J. Matthew Ashley, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, author of Renewing Theology: Ignatian Spirituality and Karl Rahner, Ignacio Ellacuria, and Pope Frances 

  • Public Lecture: “Hope at the End of the Anthropocene: Reflections from a Martyred University President,”
    Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 6:00–7:00 pm, 4th Floor Programming Room
  • Lunch Colloquium: “The Jesuit University as an Instrument of Consolation:  A Conversation with Ignacio Ellacuría & Pope Francis,”
    Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 12:00–1:00 pm, TBD (BYOL)

Elizabeth Gandolfo, Earley Chair of Catholic Studies and Latin American Studies, Wake Forest University, author of Ecomartyrdom in the Americas: Living and Dying for Our Common Home

  • Public Lecture:  “The Struggle for Our Common Home: Ecomartyrdom in the Americas,”
    Friday, Apr. 12th, 5:00–6:00 pm, 4th Floor Programming Room
  • Lunch Colloquium: “Narrating and Responding to the Witness: Honoring Ecomartyrs with Our Lives,”
    Friday, Apr. 12th, 12:00–1:00 pm, TBD (BYOL) 



Past Events

Dinner & Discussion of The Works of Mercy
Friday, Sept. 15th, 22nd and 29th

At the home of Dan and Erika Castillo (walking distance from campus). Come as early as 4:30 for informal conversation over soup making; Dinner starts at 6:00.

We will be providing a hearty soup as the main course. You are welcome to bring what you’d like, whether bread, side dish, dessert, or drinks. If you can’t bring something, come as you are. If you can’t come all three nights, then come for one! For the Castillo’s address, RSVP to CMathews@loyola.edu (note the one “t”).


Catholic Studies Mass and Dinner
Saturday, October 14th, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Oxbow Farm, 17933 Foreston Rd, Parkton, MD 21120
Our hosts: John and Julie Dougherty

This is an event for all members of the Loyola community and their families. The mass and dinner will take place in the barn, a sheltered but airy space, at 4:30 promptly, with dinner to follow. The main dinner will be catered but we welcome any side dishes, desserts or drinks you wish to bring.


Poetry Reading by Joseph Bottum, Ph.D.
Friday, November 3, 2:00-2:50 p.m. Knott Hall, B01

Joseph Bottum is poetry editor of the New York Sun, director of the Classics Institute at Dakota State University, and author of three books of formal poetry: The Fall and Other Poems (2001), The Second Spring (2011), and Spending the Winter (2022). A native of South Dakota, he is also an author of children’s verse, sharing the 2019 Christopher Award for the year’s best children’s book, The World Is Awake. The former literary editor of the Weekly Standard and editor of First Things, he has published poetry in such journals as Books & Culture, The Formalist, Grace Notes, Post Road, Crisis, Vineyards, and the New York Sun, while his poetry criticism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, New Criterion, American Educator, and many other publications.


A Political Life of Jesus. Dr. David Lloyd Dusenbury
Monday, November 13th 6:30–7:30 p.m. Fernandez 215

David Lloyd Dusenbury is a philosopher and historian of ideas. His latest book is I Judge No One: A Political Life of Jesus. Dr. Dusenbury received his doctorate in philosophy from Katholische Universität in Leuven, Belgium. He has held positions as a senior fellow at the Danube Institute, visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and as a joint chair at the University of Antwerp. He has also held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Leuven and Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and visiting professorships at Loyola University Maryland and Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele. He has lectured widely in Europe on topics in philosophy, religion, law, and the history of ideas. In addition to his books, Dr. Dusenbury’s essays and criticism have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Corriere della Serra, Los Angeles Review of Books, American Affairs, and other cultural and political reviews


Who are My People? Revolutionary Belonging in the Book of Acts. Dr. Willie James Jennings
Monday, December 4th 6:00–7:00 p.m. McGuire Hall

Working at the intersection of Christian theology, critical race theory, colonialism, and geography, Dr. Jennings is one of the foremost theological voices in the United States today. His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race won the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the most prestigious prize in North America for work in theology and religion.
In his work, Dr. Jennings explores the destructive and alienating effects that Western colonialism and modern racism have had in shaping the world. He also examines lucidly the ways in which dominant forms of Western Christianity have been profoundly entangled in the racist-colonial enterprise. An ordained Baptist minister, Jennings seeks to reimagine the Christian life of faith against the legacies of colonialism and racism, his reflections on the book of Acts will give voice to this type of reimagining.



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Synods and Synodality in the Contemporary Catholic Church: A Study in Ecclesiology
October 4, 2022 at 4:30pm, Knott Hall 107

A student presentation by Sophie Spedden, Class of  '23

Mass in Italian
Sunday, February 13, 2022 at 2 p.m., Alumni Memorial Chapel

Celebrated by Rev. Giuliano Gargiulo, Our Lady of Pompei Church
(These events are co-sponsored by the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Center for the Humanities)

The Jesuit Matteo Ricci and the ‘Impossible Black Tulip’: The Momentous First Meeting of East and West 
Thursday, February 17,2022 at 7 p.m. Knott Hall B 03

A lecture by Rev. Joseph Rossi, S.J., Professor of Theology,

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Silence Kills the World: Catherine of Siena as a Missionary Disciple

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 4:30 PM in McGuire East

Catherine Hilkert, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, will be presenting on the writings of Saint Catherine of Siena for the Fall 2019 Common Text Lecture.  

Co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities and the Department of Theology

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Material Translations: Ivory in a Medieval World System

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7 PM in the 4th Floor Programming Room

Dr. Sarah Guerin, Assistant Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the meaning, production, and use of ivory in medieval times.

Co-sponsored by the Art History Program, the Department of History, and the Medieval Studies Minor

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John J. Conley, S.J. - Book Discussion and Dinner

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the HUG Lounge and Refectory

John Conley, S.J. is hosting a book discussion and dinner for his newest release "The Other Pascals." RSVP to Madeline Rose. Pick up your copy of the book in the Theology Department, room 042C. 

Nancy Murray performing her one-woman show on Catherine of Siena

Performance: Catherine of Siena

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 4:30 PM in McManus Theater 

Sister Nancy Murray, O.P. brings the story of Saint Catherine of Siena to life in her one-woman show!

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Department of Theology

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St. Oscar Romero: His Life and its Importance to us Today

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 4:30 PM in Knott Hall B01

Ernesto Valiente and Michael Lee will discuss the life and significance of the martyred El Salvadoran archbishop, Saint Oscar Romero.

Co-sponsored by Catholic Social Thought and the Center for the Humanities

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Bearing the Weight of Reality: Following the Example of Oscar Romero

Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM in Hopkins Court Lounge (HOP 222)

A day of reflection led by Ernesto Valiente and Michael Lee. Spots are limited! All who would like to attend the Day of Reflection are expected to be in attendance at the Oscar Romero lecture on Nov. 8. Register on the google form to secure your spot. 

Co-sponsored by Catholic Social Thought and Campus Ministry

Christmas Dinner and Liturgy of the Word

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the home of Dr. Claire and Colin McGinnis

All are welcome! RSVP to Madeline Rose for more information.