Kennedy Lecture

The 23rd Annual Kennedy Lecture
Saturday, January 28, 2023

A Conversation with Kate Hennessy – Granddaughter of Dorothy Day   
An Intimate Portrait of Dorothy Day
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (a live webinar via Zoom)

You can watch the video recording using the link below! (passcode: DqWU+9fT)

Kennedy Lecture Video Link


Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a prominent reformer and social organizer who founded a radical Christian movement committed to working for justice, eradicating poverty and helping the needy. She lived a vision of Christ that both challenged and embraced Church doctrine with an unpretentious Christian faith.
Now named a Servant of God, Dorothy is on the long path to sainthood.

Kate Hennessy is a writer and artist, and the youngest grandchild of Dorothy Day. She is the author of DOROTHY DAY: THE WORLD WILL BE SAVED BY BEAUTY (Scribner, 2017) and lives in West Cork, Ireland, with her husband, Garry Jones. 

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.   

Kennedy Lecture Committee
Peter Judge, Chair

Cynthia Aziz
Christine Pearson
Cyndi Rios
Fr. Tim Stephens, SJ

Past Lecturers
2022    Father Tom Gaunt, 
 S.J., Executive Director CARA-Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.  "Our Journeying Together: Who are we listening to? Who are we accompanying?" Click here to see the lecture 
2021   Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA View at this link and  Presentation slides from Joan Rosenhauer's Kennedy Lecture.
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”