Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture
Save the Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Kenrick-Glennon Seminary will host the eighteenth annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture on Thursday, October 3, 2013. The lecture will take place at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.
2013 Lecture: Father Dennis D. McManus
Father McManus is the theologian for Cardinal Dolan in the Archdiocese of New York and is a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile, AL. Fr. McManus received his bachelor’s degree in Classical Languages and Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of California. He completed a Master’s degree in historical ethics at Georgetown University and a doctorate in historical theology (patrology) at Drew University.
Together with Rabbi Leon Klenicki of the Anti-Defamation League of New York, Fr. McManus is co-editor of a forthcoming series from the Stimulus Foundation entitled, The Word Set Free: Preaching the Lectionary Free of Anti-Judaism. He is also a founding member of the board of the Institute for International Criminal Investigation, which examines forensic evidence of genocides world-wide. He served as Associate Director of the Secretariat for the Liturgy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops from l997 to 2005. From 2005-2006, Fr. McManus was Director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., where he also held the Smilow Chair in Catholic-Jewish Relations. In 2006-7, he was Associate Professor at Conception Abbey Seminary in Missouri. He serves as Managing Editor of Paulist Press’ Ancient Christian Writers series, a patristics publication of nearly sixty volumes.
(click the speakers' names to link to a recording of the lecture)
2012: Fr. James Swetnam, S.J. - Catholicism as Shared Adventure
2011: Fr. Roch Kereszty, O.Cist. - Priests for the New Evangelization: Reflections on the Priestly Ideal of John Paul II and Benedict XVI
2010: Father Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ - Pope Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible
2009: Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM, Cap. - The Council of Chalcedon and Some Contemporary Christology Issues
2008: Dr. Thomas Hilgers - NFP and NaPro Technology
2007: Msgr. Brian Ferme, D.Phil., JCD - Infallibility Revisited: Beyond Ex Cathedra Pronouncements
2006: Mr. George Weigel - Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Future: A Global View
2005: Father Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ - The Ossuary of James and Its Implications
2004: No Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture presented
2003: His Eminence Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ - Philosophy and Priestly Formation
2002: Msgr. Robert Sokolowski - Phenomenology and the Eucharist
2001: The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
2000: His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI, PhD - A New Apologetics for a New Evangelization
1999: Dr. David L. Schindler, Ph.D. - The Catholic Academy and the Order of Intelligence: The Dying of the Light
1998: Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. - Authority in the Church: Lessons from Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue
1997: Msgr. Kevin Irwin - Liturgical Method: Issues for the Third Millennium
1996: Father John Pawlikoski, O.S.M. Ph.D. - A Faith Without Shadows: Liberating Christian Faith from Anti-Semitism
1995: Msgr. John P. Meier - The Eucharist at the Last Supper: Did It Happen
History of the Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture
The Class of 1944 established the Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture after deciding that they wanted to “contribute to the development of future priests and bishops.” Together, they created the Peter Richard Kenrick Chair of Pastoral Theology Endowment to perpetually fund the lecture series and provide lasting support to their beloved seminary. The generosity of these alumni-priests will continue to enhance pastoral formation at the Seminary for years to come.
Named after the first Archbishop of St. Louis, Peter Richard Kenrick, this lecture series fosters the spiritual and academic growth of priests, deacons, and others who serve the Church.
About Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick (1843-1895)
In 1843, Peter Richard Kenrick became the second bishop of the Diocese of Saint Louis. Five years later he became its first Archbishop. During his more than 50 years as diocesan ordinary, Kenrick guided the Catholic Church in the Midwest through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. He presided over a vast Archdiocese which included much of the northwest quadrant of what is now the continental United States.
Archbishop Kenrick was also an academic and intellectual who made important contributions to the theological dialogue of his time. He was an active participant in several significant topics considered by the Fathers of the First Vatican Council. Furthermore, he was respected by his peers in the hierarchy of the Church as a skilled debater who brought knowledge and understanding to every conversation and inquiry.
Throughout his years of service as Archbishop of Saint Louis, Peter Richard Kenrick maintained an unwavering commitment to priestly education and formation for the seminarians of his diocese. Today this Seminary proudly bears his name and honors him with the annual Kenrick Lecture.