Karl Rahner Lecture – "Being Catholic without ‘Father’"

Posted May 11th, 2017 by Helene Sheets  Category: Other


The Sylvania Franciscan Village is pleased to announce the 2017 Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik on Thursday, June 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Guest Lecturer Father Donald Cozzens will address “The Last Priests in America: Being Catholic without ‘Father.’” A reception follows.

This lecture will attempt to read the “signs of the time” that continue to shape Catholic life and practice in the twenty-first century. Father Cozzens will approach his lecture in the spirit of scripture scholar Walter Brueggemann’s insight that “What we are about is serious conversation leading to blessed communion.”

A retired Writer in Residence at John Carroll University, Father Donald Cozzens is a pastor professor and author who has lectured throughout the U.S. and in Ireland, England, Australia, Columbia and India. He is well known as a national and international commentator on religious and cultural issues gripping the Catholic Church. Father Cozzens’ award-winning and best-selling book The Changing Face of the Priesthood has been translated into eight languages.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Sophia Lloyd, Sylvania Franciscan Village Director, at,
419-824-3533 or visit

Father Karl Rahner
A German Jesuit priest, Father Karl Rahner is widely considered to have been one of the foremost Roman Catholic theologians of the 20th century. His books emphasized the continuity of modern and ancient interpretations of Roman Catholic doctrine. Father Rahner is best known for his work in Christology and for his integration of an existential philosophy of personalism with Thomistic realism by which human self-consciousness and self-transcendence are placed within a sphere in which the ultimate determinant is God.

Father Jim Bacik
Father Jim 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.

Sylvania Franciscan Village
Formally established in 2009, the Sylvania Franciscan Village is comprised of all the ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis, including Lourdes University. The SFV was formed to harness energies for the greater good and benefit of those who share the Franciscan mission. Visit for more information. To learn more about this and future events, contact Sophia Lloyd, Sylvania Franciscan Village Director, at

Lourdes University
Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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