Distinguished scholar to deliver free public lectures at Notre Dame

Fr Thomas Scirghi SJ will deliver two free public lectures on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus as part of the Sisters of St John of God Public Lecture Series.

22 June 2015

The University of Notre Dame Australia and the Sisters of St John of God will welcome visiting scholar, Fr Thomas Scirghi SJ, to the Fremantle Campus to deliver two free public lectures in July 2015.

Fr Scirghi, Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York City, USA, visited Notre Dame in 2013 and delivered a fascinating lecture entitled: ‘The Year of Faith in an Atheist Culture’. This year he will return to Notre Dame to speak as part of the Sisters of St John of God Public Lecture Series.

On Thursday 2 July, Fr Scirghi will speak at a lecture titled: ‘Naming the unknown God: divinity, dictators and Disney’. This public lecture will discuss how Christian preaching can engage the ‘nones’ – individuals who don’t associate with a religion, yet claim to experience some sort of spirituality in their lives – and secularists in conversation.

This will be followed by another public lecture on Tuesday 21 July titled: ‘The liturgy that does justice’. In this lecture, Fr Scirghi will examine the role of liturgy – the service of God in thanksgiving for creation and redemption – in seeking justice.

“We are delighted to welcome Fr Thomas Scirghi back to Notre Dame. He is a renowned academic and an engaging presenter,” Professor Celia Hammond, Notre Dame Vice Chancellor, said.

“We look forward to exploring these very important themes with him.”

Fr Scirghi is the author of numerous articles and books, including his latest publication Everything is Sacred: An Introduction to the Sacrament of Baptism. As the Sisters of St John of God Visiting Scholar, he will also deliver an intensive unit of study in the School of Education, Fremantle, titled ‘Mystery of Christ 4: Church and Sacrament’.

Event Details

Sisters of St John of God Public Lecture Series

Date: Thursday 2 July; Tuesday 21 July
Time: 6pm (both lectures)
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia
Tannock Hall of Education (Building ND4)
Corner of Croke and Cliff Streets, Fremantle (both lectures)

To register your attendance, please visit www.nd.edu.au/events/sjog or call +61 8 9433 0575 for further information.

MEDIA CONTACT
Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au