Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies Speakers

FCCS Speakers

To support the mission of the college, the Franciscan Center for Catholic Studies sponsors or co-sponsors speakers; conferences; colloquia; and theatrical, musical, and fine arts events.


Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence"
Dr. Terrence J. Rynne, Founder, Marquette Center for Peacemaking
March 12, 2017


Being at Home in an Unfinished Universe: Lessons from St. Francis
Sr. Ilia Delio, O.S.F., Ph.D., Villanova University
October 5, 2017
“Just Water: Hydrology, Theology and Laudato Sí”
Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., Fordham University
March 20, 2017
“Prophetic Citizenship”
Stephen J. Pope, Ph.D., Boston College
February 27, 2017


“Religious Liberty: Fundamental Right or a Nuisance”
Vincent M. Bonventre, Justice Robert H. Jackson Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School 
September 21, 2016
Co-sponsored with the Pre-Law Program


"Is God's Charity Broad Enough for Bears"
Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Fordham University
April 23, 2015

"Caring for Planet Home: The Vision of Laudato Sí”
Daniel P. Scheid, Ph.D., Duquesne University
Peter Ellard, Ph.D., Merrimack College
Ryan P. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Siena College
November 4, 2015


"Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Sprituality and Mental Illness"
Sr. Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D.
March 27, 2014
"Pope Francis: The People's Pope?  A Look Back at his First Year"
Father Kevin Mullen, '75, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Tom Dickens, Ph.D.
February 12, 2014


"Social Justice, Lay Leadership and Interfaith Dialogue: An Academic Symposium in Honor of Bishop Howard J. Hubbard, D.D."
Archbishop Harry J. Flynn
Father Kenneth R. Himes '71, O.F.M., Ph.D.
Diana L. Hayes, Ph.D., J.D., S.T.D.
Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Hohl
October 29, 2013


"Conscience Under Pressure: Being Faithful Citizens in an Imperfect World"
Dr. Peter Steinfels, Fordham University
October 25, 2012


"The Good That Business Does"
Dr. Robert G. Kennedy, University of St. Thomas
November 10, 2010:
"The Life and Legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman"
Sr. Charlene Smith
April 15, 2010


"From Just War and Pacifism to Peacebuilding"
Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm, Sarazen 243


"Hope Against Hope: The Ethics of Social Reconciliation"
William R. O'Neill, S.J., Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Thursday, March 27, 2008


"Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?"
Dr. John Haught, Georgetown University
Thursday April 12, 2007
"Catholics and Civil Rights"
Dr. Paul Murray and James Owens
March 29, 2007


"Reflecting on America as a Single Entity: US Latinos and the Future of American Catholicism"
Dr. Roberto S. Goizueta, Boston College
Thursday April 6, 2006
"Rethinking Poverty: Assets, Poverty, and Catholic Social Thought"
Dr. James P. Bailey, Duquesne University
April 20, 2006


"Ballots, Believers, and Bishops: New Questions about Catholicism and Public Life"
Peter Steinfels, Fordham University
Thursday April 28, 2005