Kennedy Lecture

The Kennedy Lecture is an annual event that is the gift of Thomas and Richard Kennedy, in memory of their parents, Keith and Joan Kennedy. This series aims to challenge us and to stimulate thinking by engaging prominent persons in the field of religion and ethics.

This year Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ spoke on the topic “Save the World or Savor It? Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan and Stranger.” See the video at this link:





VIDEO: Fr. Greg talks with former gang members on”Tattoos on the Heart”

INK:  America magazine article

Considered a model of therapeutic community and job training, Homeboy launched the Global Homeboy Network in 2014, with more than 35 cities, 17 states, 6 countries, and 74 organizations represented at an inaugural gathering year.

Past Lecturers
2000     Sidney Callahan “Tomorrow’s Church: New Roles for Men and Women”
2001     Megan McKenna “Parables: Visiting the Kingdom”
2002     Stanley Hauerwas “Why the American Way of Death is not the
Christian Way”
2003     James F. Keenan, SJ – “Living With an Adult Conscience”
2004     Susan A. Ross – “Women’s Work as Unopened Gift”
2005     Luke Timothy Johnson – “Faith and Possessions”
2006     Thomas J. Reese, SJ – “Survival Guide for Thinking Catholics”
2007     Shawn Copeland – “Who is My Neighbor?”
2009     Edward Kessler – “Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations”
2010     Margaret O’Brien Steinfels – “Reinventing Catholic”
2011     Fr. William O’Neill, SJ – “Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and
Its Theological Origins”
2012     Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ – “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and
the Search for God”
2013     Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. –  “The Dark Nights of Malcolm X:
Catholic Spirituality and the Challenge of Social Justice”
2014     Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC – “Dying to Live: Migration,Human Trafficking and Theology”
2015     Edwina Gateley – “Discipleship: Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World”
2016    Gerard Mannion, DPhil., Amaturo Professor in Catholic Studies at Georgetown University
“Remembering the Future and Re-engaging the People of God: Pope Francis and Vatican II”.  Coverage of the lecture by Patricia Guilfoyle, editor of the Catholic News Herald, Pope Francis’ Philosophy Mirrors St-John XXIII


Kennedy Lecture Committee
Cynthia Aziz
Peter Judge
Jan Valder Offerman, Chair
Christine Pearson
Cyndi Rios
Suzie Shermer
Ann Weber

Fr. James Shea SJ