Archbishop’s Lecture Series


The Archbishop’s Lecture Series offers all people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the opportunity to reflect with distinguished Catholic intellectuals, authors and scholars on compelling topics concerning Catholic faith and its relationship to the modern world.  Sponsored by:  Office of the Archbishop and the Office for the New Evangelization

2015 Lectures

Due to the upcoming World Meeting of Families, the Archbishop’s Lecture Series will be postponed until 2016.  However, please find below information about other upcoming lectures being held at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 2015.

Religious Freedom Lecture Series

Presented by The John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
All lectures take place at 7pm in Vianney Hall Auditorium.  Lectures are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
“Continuing the Search for Religious Freedom: Present Trials, Future Challenges”
Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Read the Lecture

Tuesday, March 24 , 2015
“Continuing the Search for Religious Freedom: The American Perspective”
Mr. William P. Mumma, President, The Becket Fund for Religious Freedom

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  
“Continuing the Search for Religious Freedom: The Global Perspective”
Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
“Continuing the Search for Religious Freedom: The Contribution of Dignitatis Humanae”
~ Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

View the Lecture Series Flyer

Marriage and Family Lecture

Presented by the Office for the New Evangelization and the Office for Life and Family. Lecture is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7pm
Reviving Marriage: The Commitment Factor
Speaker: Dr. Hilary Towers, Catholic author and developmental psychologist
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Vianney Hall Auditorium
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Dr. Hilary Towers is a developmental psychologist and mother of five children. Her scholarly background is in behavioral genetic research on individual adjustment behaviors and in the area of marriage and parenting relationships. She currently writes on the subjects of marriage and spousal abandonment, especially as those issues are treated within the Catholic Church.

Dr. Towers conducted her doctoral research at George Washington University’s Center for Family Research in Washington DC. In addition to publishing in academic journals and books, she has published articles in a wide array of online journals, including: First Things, Public Discourse, CatholicVote, the National Catholic Register, Ethika Politika, and National Review Online. She and her family live in Manassas, Va. Learn more about Dr. Towers’ proposal for reviving marriage.  

Archbishop’s Lecture Series Archives

2013 Lecture Series Flyer

2014 Lecture Series Flyer

Read Sr. Sara Butler’s April 8, 2014 Lecture: Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church

Read Archbishop Chaput’s October 20, 2014 Erasmus Lecture:  Strangers in a Strange Land

Read Mary Eberstadt’s November 17, 2014 Lecture: What Really Causes Secularization?

Sponsored by:  Office of the Archbishop and the Office for the New Evangelization

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