Pope Francis’ Visit to the U.S. is Focus of Father Jim Bacik Lecture

Posted Sep 20th, 2015 by Helene Sheets  Category: Other


On Monday, October 19, the Sylvania Franciscan Village (SFV) presents “Pope Francis: Reflections on His Visit to the United States” at 5:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. Part of the monthly Father Jim Bacik lecture series, attendees will gain an enlightening perspective about the Pope’s recent visit.

Father Bacik is a widely-regarded theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor who served as campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at The University of Toledo for more than 30 years. Ordained in 1962 as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo, he served at St. Mary’s Sandusky, St. Thomas More Bowling Green and Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo.

As pastor of Corpus Christi, he led several important initiatives including establishing a Chair of Catholic Studies at The University of Toledo; building a new church and parish facility; organizing the nationally acclaimed Christian Leadership Program; and promoting an extensive Christian Service Program for students and permanent community members. His books include Apologetics and the Eclipse of Mystery; Contemporary Theologians; Catholic Spirituality: Its History and Challenge; and A Light Unto My Path: Crafting Effective Homilies (co-authored by Dr. Kevin Anderson). He has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Japan, Latin America, and Russia.

In November 2014, Lourdes University established the Father James J. Bacik Archives as well as an endowed chair in theology in his name. Father Bacik holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford in England and previously taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, and taught summer programs at both Notre Dame University and Fordham University.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and may be purchased at or by calling 419-824-3515.

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