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.   

The 21st Annual Kennedy Lecture
January 30, 2021
“Who Are My Brothers and Sisters? Being the Good Samaritan in Today’s World.”
Joan Rosenhauer, Executive Director Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

A recording of the lecture is at this link.   It is also on our  St Peter YouTube channel

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Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, Joan leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission – to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people in over 50 countries around the world. Prior to joining JRS, she was an Executive Vice President at Catholic Relief Services and served as Associate Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy management from the University of Maryland. 


Presentation slides from Joan Rosenhauer's Kennedy Lecture

Joan gives the Ignatian spiritual gift of Global Community in this video. Today in your prayer, return to the parable of the Good Samaritan. Who do you identify with in the story?

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Kennedy Lecture Informational Video

Kennedy Lecture Committee
Peter Judge, Chair
Cynthia Aziz
Christine Pearson
Cyndi Rios
Suzie Shermer
Joan Guthrie
Fr. James Shea SJ

Past Lecturers

2020    Father Thomas Massaro, S.J. "Caring for Our Common Home: Pope Francis' Call for an Integral Ecology" View the Video of Fr. Thomas Massaro's lecture at this link. Click here for Fr. Tom Massaro's lecture outline.
2019    Hadia Mubarak, Ph.D. "Growing Up Muslim in America: At the Crossroads of Faith".  See the video at this link: Hadia Mubarak, Ph.D. Lecture 2019
2018     Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.,Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. “The Times Demand it, the Gospel Demands it: Confronting the Sins of Racism”.  See the video at this link: Bishop George Murry Lecture 2018
2017     Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ  “Save the World or Savor It? Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan and Stranger.” See the video at this link: Greg Boyle St Peter Kennedy Lecture 2017  Download Video as MP4
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”
2015     Edwina Gateley  “Discipleship: Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World”
2014     Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC  “Dying to Live: Migration,Human Trafficking and Theology”
2013     Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.   “The Dark Nights of Malcolm X: Catholic Spirituality and the Challenge of Social Justice”
2012     Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ  “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Search for God”
2011     Fr. William O’Neill, SJ “Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and Its Theological Origins”
2010     Margaret O’Brien Steinfels  “Reinventing Catholic”
2009     Edward Kessler  “Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations”
2007     Shawn Copeland  “Who is My Neighbor?”
2006     Thomas J. Reese, SJ  “Survival Guide for Thinking Catholics”
2005     Luke Timothy Johnson  “Faith and Possessions”
2004     Susan A. Ross  “Women’s Work as Unopened Gift”
2003     James F. Keenan, SJ  “Living With an Adult Conscience”
2002     Stanley Hauerwas “Why the American Way of Death is not the Christian Way”
2001     Megan McKenna “Parables: Visiting the Kingdom”
2000     Sidney Callahan “Tomorrow’s Church: New Roles for Men and Women”