John Cardinal Glennon Lecture

2014 Glennon Lecture

The Second Annual Glennon Lecture was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Auditorium. This lecture, sponsored by Cardinal Glennon College, was open to the public.


Presenter: Dr. Janet E. Smith

Dr. Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and of the Right to Privacy, and the editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has coauthored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics, with Chris Kaczor. She is serving a third term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family and she serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, III. 
Dr. Smith's Lecture: The Universality of Natural Law and the Irreducibility of Personalism
John Paul II embraced the fundamentals of Aristotelian/Thomism but also believed that the focus of modern philosophy on the importance of the subject, of the interior life, and of consciousness brought something innovative and essential to philosophy. This talk will explain how John Paul II melded elements of Aristotelian/Thomism and personalism.
Kreeft 2013 Lecture

Previous Lectures

2013: Dr. Peter Kreeft - Blaise Pascal and the New Evangelization

History of the Glennon Lecture

In 2013, the philosophy faculty of Cardinal Glennon College established the annual John Cardinal Glennon Lecture as a compliment to the Kenrick School of Theology's annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture. The Glennon Lecture provides the seminarians and the wider public an opportunity to be formed by some of the most eminent philosophers in the United States.

About John Cardinal Glennon (1862-1946)

John Joseph Glennon was born in Kinnegad County, Meath, Ireland, on June 14, 1862. He was ordained to the priesthood in Ireland in 1884 and was immediately assigned to ministry in Missouri. He became the Archbishop of St. Louis in 1903. Cardinal Glennon was seen as the “great builder,” overseeing such major architectural projects such as the Cathedral of St. Louis (later to be named a basilica), Kenrick Seminary (now the Cardinal Rigali Center) and Cardinal Glennon College, the current home of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.