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

2014 Lectures

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Vianney Hall Auditorium
100 E. Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Cost per lecture:  $5.00
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Thursday, October 30, 2014 – 7:00pm
Professor Rémi Brague, Professor Emeritus of Medieval & Arabic Philosophy, Sorbonne
Topic:  Themes from On the God of the Christians

Special registration:  Please RSVP to – Lecture is FREE of charge.

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Topic:   Professor Brague will speak on themes from his recent book, “On the God of the Christians,” an examination of Christian, Jewish and Muslim beliefs, and particularly how God is understood and encountered across the three great faiths.

Biography: Rémi Brague is one of the most respected Catholic scholars in modern Europe.  He is professor emeritus of medieval and Arabic philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini chair of philosophy at the University of Munich.   He was visiting professor at the Pennsylvania State University, Boston University-U.S., Boston College-U.S., the Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and at the University San Raffaele (Milan). He is member of the Institut de France (Academy of moral and political sciences). His academic awards include the Ratzinger Prize (2012) and the Josef-Pieper Preis (2009).  Learn more about Professor Brague…



Monday, November 17, 2014 – 7:00pm 
Mary Eberstadt
How the West Really Lost God

Mrs. Eberstadt’s lecture will be based on her recent book How the West Really Lost God. “In this magisterial work, cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt turns this standard account on its head. Marshalling an impressive array of research, she shows that the reverse has also been true: the undermining of the family has further undermined Christianity itself.”  Watch a video of Mrs. Eberstadt introducing her book.

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BIO:  Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Fellow for the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2002.  She is the author of several influential books: Adam and Eve after the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution (2012); The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism (2010); and Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes (2005).  In her most recent book, How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization (Templeton 2013), Mrs. Eberstadt proposes that an accurate account of the secularization of the West must include an account of the breakdown of the family and how this breakdown has contributed to the loss of faith in the Western world.  To learn more, click HERE.


SchindlerThursday, December 11, 2014 – 7:00pm
Professor David L. Schindler
Theology of the Body, the Gender Distinction, and Religious Freedom 

BIO:  Professor Schindler is Dean Emeritus and Edouard Cardinal Gagnon Professor of Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C.   Since 1982 he has been editor-in-chief of the North American edition of Communio: International Catholic Review.  Professor Schindler has published over seventy-five articles (translated into nine languages) in the areas of metaphysics, philosophical issues in biology and biotechnology, and the relation of theology/philosophy and culture.  He is the author of Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Communio Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation (T&T Clark and Eerdmans, 1996); and also of Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God (Eerdmans, 2011). To learn more, click HERE.


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

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

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