Father Jim Bacik offers Lecture Series on Morality
The Sylvania Franciscan Village is pleased to offer a four-part Father Jim Bacik Lecture Series on Morality. Each lecture is offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The lecture topics are as follows: Tuesday, May 17: Richard McCormick on Abortion McCormick, born and raised in Toledo, became one of the foremost moral theologians in the country. This lecture examines his work on abortion, including his rules for discussing this volatile topic. Tuesday, June 28: Bernard Haring on the Dangers of Legalism Haring was a pioneer in the renewal of Catholic moral theology in the 20th century. This lecture explores his conviction that the moral life is not about keeping rules but responding wholeheartedly to Christ’s call. Tuesday, July 19: Charles Curran on Birth Control Curran became well known for his dissent from official Church teaching on contraception. This lecture examines his fundamental arguments which still could be an important part of an ongoing discussion on this topic. Tuesday, August 9: Karl Rahner on Existential Ethics Rahner, the great German Jesuit Theologian, contributed important ideas to the development of Catholic moral theology. This lecture examines his fundamental notion that morality involves responding to God’s personal call to us as unique individuals. The cost for the series is $35; $10 individual pre-registered or $15 walk-in per lecture. RSVP at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org or call 419-824-3515. 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, Father Bacik 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 includeApologetics 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). Father Bacik 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. Previously, he taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and taught summer programs at both Notre Dame and Fordham Universities. 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 www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org for more information. To learn more about this and future events, contact Sr. Janet Doyle, OP, SFV Coordinator, at 419-824-3533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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