Be challenged this Lent – join a series of lectures at St Mary's Cathedral

Fr Richard Umbers will present the final Scholarship in the Cathedral lecture

12 March 2014

Lent is a time for reflection and preparation ahead of Easter Sunday. This year, The University of Notre Dame Australia is hosting a festival of faith-filled ideas at St Mary's Cathedral designed to facilitate reflection on the evangelising role of the Church's intellectual and artistic traditions.

Scholarship in the Cathedral is a series of Lenten reflections on recent Popes and the evangelisation of culture, organised by the Centre for Faith Ethics and Society. Scholarship in the Cathedral will run every Friday during Lent from 6.30pm until 7.15pm in the Crypt of St Mary's Cathedral.

All lectures are open to the public and topics will vary week-to-week:

  • Friday 14 March: Resisting the Pedagogy of Dwarves: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, C.S.Lews & the Conversion of Imagination by Scott Stephens
  • Friday 21 March: Catholic Education and the Bureaucratic Usurpation of Grace by Tracey Rowland
  • Friday 28 March: The Glass Bead Game & Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI by Anthony Krohn
  • Friday 4 April: The Cathedral of Being: The Re-enchantment of the world through the writings for Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI & Francis by Robert Tilley
  • Friday 11 April: Formation in Catholic Universities by Fr. Richard Umbers

Following this series of lectures, on Monday 14 April at 7.00pm there will be a performance of Bach's Johannes-Passion in the Crypt.

"Scholarship in the Cathedral is an opportunity for the wider academic community to come together in the heart of the City and reflect on the apostolic dimension of their intellectual work in preparation for Easter," Fr Richard Umbers from the Centre for Faith, Ethics and Society says.

For more information about Scholarship in the Cathedral please contact Fr Umbers on 0437 415 348 or

Hannah Guilfoyle: Tel (02) 8204 4141;