The Crossroads Symposium: A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future

Thursday, September 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CT)
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Special Event
Susie Elias
Center for Catholic Studies

St. Mary's University's newly established Center for Catholic Studies and the MacTaggart Lecture Series have teamed up to present the year's first lecture and symposium on the theme, A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future.

The Crossroads Symposium: A Church in Crisis Moves to the Future will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, and is a continuation of the MacTaggart Lecture Series featuring Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., scholar and former New York Times journalist.

The symposium will encompass panel discussions and will feature Steinfels and other thought leaders. Guest speakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead as the Catholic Church works to re-engage with the community.

Learn more about the panelists at Parking is available in Lot D and H.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming MacTaggart lectures:

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 

Rebuild My Church featuring Bishop Robert W. McElroy, Ph.D., Bishop of San Diego and moral theologian

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Heeding the Call featuring Carolyn Woo, former President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

Peter Steinfels
Peter Steinfels, Ph.D., University Professor Emeritus at Fordham University in New York, holds a doctorate in European History from Columbia University. Following the Second Vatican Council, he was an editor at Commonweal, an independent lay Catholic journal of opinion that was a strong advocate for the renewal of the church envisioned by the Council.

In 1971, Steinfels began work in the field of Bioethics at the Hastings Center of the Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences, a research center on ethical issues arising from developments in medicine, science and technology. With his wife, Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, he founded and edited the Hastings Center Report, an early journal in the field of Bioethics.

From 1988 until 1997, Peter Steinfels was senior religion correspondent for The New York Times, where he also wrote a biweekly column on religion. Twice he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his work at the newspaper. In 2004, he and Margaret founded the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, which they co-directed until 2012.

Steinfels is the author of The Neoconservatives (1979, reissued 2013) and A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America (2003). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, University of Dayton, and St. John’s University and the recipient of seven honorary doctorates from American Catholic universities.

For their outstanding service to the Church and community, Peter and Margaret Steinfels received the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame.

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