Kennedy Lecture

The 22nd Annual Kennedy Lecture
Saturday, January 29, 2022
"Our Journeying Together: Who are we listening to? Who are we accompanying?"
A recording of the lecture LINK HERE and available at a later date on the St Peter YouTube channel link.

Father Tom Gaunt, S.J., Executive Director CARA-Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
Fr. Gaunt brings an inside look at the Catholic Church in the U.S. and in the Charlotte diocese as the former Director of the Office of Planning and Research for the Diocese of Charlotte in 1987. During that time, he coordinated the Diocesan Synod and also served as Parochial Vicar of St. Peter 1990-1991. Fr. Gaunt's expertise includes urban planning, demographic changes in the Catholic Church, community development and volunteerism.


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
Suzie Shermer
Joan Guthrie
Fr. Tim Stephens, SJ

Past Lecturers
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”