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SLU Bicentennial Lecture Series Opens Feb. 26

Feb. 5, 2018 - Saint Louis University celebrates its bicentennial in 2018. One of the featured activities is the Saint Louis University Bicentennial Lecture Series, The Jesuit Influence in American Spirituality, Education and Society. Author Mark Thibodeaux, SJ will present Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love on Monday, Feb. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier College Church. 

Mark Thibodeaux, SJ

Mark Thibodeaux, SJ
Father Thibodeaux is novice director for the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus. He has served on the board of directors for Company magazine, a national Jesuit magazine. A former high school teacher, counselor, retreat director and spiritual director, he has drawn from his wealth of experience and is author of four books on prayer, including Reimagining the ExamenArmchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, and God’s Voice Within, The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will. The native Louisianan holds degrees in psychology and theology from Loyola University New Orleans and Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.

Fr. Matt Malone, SJ
Fr. Matt Malone, SJ
The series will continue on Monday, April 16 with Lessons from Pope Francis on American Politics and Civic Life, presented by Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, editor-in chief of America Magazine and president of America Media. A 2006 Catholic Press Association award winner, Malone has also served as founding deputy director of MassINC, an independent political think tank, and co-publisher of CommonWealth, an award-winning review of politics, ideas and civic life.

Michael Rozier, SJ

Michael Rozier, SJ
On Monday, Sept. 24, Michael Rozier, SJ, will present Reimagining Health Care: Ignatian Insights for Achieving the Greater Good. Rozier, a 2003 SLU graduate, is a researcher and practitioner in health policy and public health ethics. Rozier has served as an ethics fellow with the World Health Organization in Geneva, focusing on the response to pandemic influenza. He served as founding director of SLU’s College for Public Service and Social Justice’s undergraduate degree in public health. His research has looked at the future of Catholic health care in the United States. 

Fr. Michael Garanzini
Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ
The series will close on Monday, Nov. 5, with exploration of the question, Jesuit Education: Do We Need a New Paradigm? by Fr. Michael Garanzini, SJ. Fr. Garanzini currently serves as Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus in Rome, championing Jesuit higher education issues around the world; and is a visiting professor of research in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. Fr. Garanzini, who graduated from SLU in 1971, returned to campus as associate professor of counseling and family therapy, then assistant academic vice president, and academic vice president. Most recently, he stepped down after 14 years as president, then chancellor of Loyola University Chicago. He also has served at Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) and Regis University (Denver). 

The lectures are held on Mondays, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in College Church, which is located on the southwest corner of Grand and Lindell Boulevards in St. Louis. The series is sponsored by the Saint Louis University Bicentennial Committee and the Office of Mission and Identity. 

Download a lecture brochure. For more information, visit the Facebook page at SLUJesuitMission, contact jesuitmission@slu.edu, or call 977-7065. 





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