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November 30, 2012


Doctor Timothy Gray, President of the Augustine Institute, to Open Series on December 13th; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. to Present Final Lecture on October 1st of Next Year

The Office for Family, Life, and the Laity of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will host a special lecture series throughout the current Year of Faith called for by Pope Benedict XVI.

These programs feature nationally acclaimed speakers who will present on some of the most compelling topics related to the role of Catholic faith and identity in the modern world. The series presents an opportunity for all to come to a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Catholic faith, its authentic content, and its orientation toward the transformation of the world around us.

A complete listing of scheduled programs is below. All lectures will take place at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Hall Auditorium; 100 East Wynnewood Road; Wynnewood, PA 19096 (Montgomery County).

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Speaker: Dr. Timothy Gray, President of the Augustine Institute
Topic: Advent, A Season of Hope
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Helen Alvaré, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University
Topic: Women's Freedom and Religious Freedom, Collaboration or Clash?
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Brad Gregory, the Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Notre Dame
Topic: Themes from The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Speaker: Mr. Ross Douthat, Columnist, The New York Times
Topic: Themes from Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Speaker: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
Topic: Fire Upon the Earth, A Call to Conversion and the New Evangelization
Time: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

The Year of Faith currently being celebrated throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Universal Church commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council which took place on October 11, 1962. It will conclude on the Feast of Christ the King on November 24, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI has described the Year of Faith as a time to reflect upon and renew our encounter with Jesus Christ.


Editor's Note: For additional information on this lecture series or the Year of Faith in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia please contact Mr. Steven Bozza, Director of the Office for Family, Life and the Laity or visit

Jhoselyn Martinez
Communications Specialist

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