Karl Rahner lecture focuses on “Ordinary Grace”
The Sylvania Franciscan Village is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in honor of Father Jim Bacik on Thursday, May 31, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Guest Lecturer Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., will address “Ordinary Grace: Human Life As Sacramental.” A reception follows. Karl Rahner is noted for speaking of “ordinary mysticism” as well as his insight on the experience of grace that can be discovered in every aspect of human life. However, detecting the mystery of God’s Spirit at work in the world requires having “eyes to see” and “ears to hear.” Pondering why we often miss that mystery at work in our daily lives, Emily, the main character in Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town, queries “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?” The stage manager replies: “No. Saints and poets, maybe. They do some.” This 2018 Karl Rahner lecture draws on that insight by using the work of poets and saints to explore what it means to speak of ordinary human life as sacramental. Tickets are $10 per person in advance and $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-824-3515 or visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org. Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P. A member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame where she teaches in the areas of theological anthropology, fundamental theology, Christology, and feminist theology and spirituality. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Sr. Hilkert is the recipient of three honorary degrees as well as numerous awards for her contributions to the integration of academic and pastoral theology with particular attention to the voices of women. She has lectured and preached in Catholic and ecumenical context in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and South Africa. 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 the Sisters of St. Francis and all of their ministries. 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 Sophia Lloyd at email@example.com, 419-824-3533 or visit www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org. Lourdes University Rooted in the Catholic and 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 www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.
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