Catholic Heritage Lectures

This year, the Catholic Heritage Lectures explore the importance of spiritual practice in the advancement of the intellectual life, the building of resilience in the work of activism and advocacy, and the cultivation of joy when working on the margins.

Fall: Spiritual Practice and the Intellectual Life
Andrew Prevot, Boston College
Thursday, October 25 at 7pm in Le Roux Room (STCN 160)

Christian Prayer and the Intellectual Life

Modern philosophers have assumed that prayer is an irrational, irresponsible, and immature activity. The history of Christian thought tells a different story. For many of the greatest minds, prayer was absolutely essential to the intellectual life. Prayer assisted the work of reason and revealed its inescapable limits. Prayer helped its practitioners reckon with their ethical responsibilities, personal failures, and highest moral callings. Prayer was a powerful means of individual and communal maturation. Today prayer remains the source of much creative and critical thinking. It continues to give insights relevant to our deepest social crises. Although Christians do not know how to pray as they ought (Romans 8:26), Prevot argues that prayer contributes something vital to the intellectual and moral life which ought not be abandoned.

Andrew Prevot is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College. He is the author of Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality Amid the Crises of Modernity (Notre Dame, 2015) and co-editor of Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics (Orbis, 2017). He has published articles in journals such as Horizons, Pro Ecclesia, Spiritus, Heythrop, Tijdschrift voor Theologie, Transversalités, Political Theology, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Save the Date:

Winter: Spiritual Practice and Activism and Advocacy
Margie Pfeil, Notre Dame
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in Le Roux Room (STCN 160)

Spring: Spiritual Practices and Working on the Margins
Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm in Pigott Auditorium


2018-19 Catholic Heritage Lecture Keynotes

Andrew Prevot, PhD

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Boston College

Margi Pfeil, PhD

Notre Dame Theology Department and the Center for Social Concerns

Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Greg Boyle

Founder of Homeboy Industries, Author of 2017 bestseller:

Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship