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Catholic Studies at Aquinas College

  • Bishop Robert Barron at the Catholic Studies Lecture Series

    Catholic Studies Lecture Series

Catholic Studies Speaker Series

As the public health situation evolves, our planning and protocols will also evolve in accordance with public health guidelines. The Catholic Studies Speaker Series will continue to operate with the utmost care and concern for our campus community. For events during academic year 2020-2021 events, return to this page often or go to the Catholic Studies Facebook page to check for updates. As of this time, we are only planning virtual offerings.

Launched in 2009, the Catholic Studies Speaker Series offers 2-3 lectures per year by national and international Catholic figures and scholars. The series also brings students into contact, both in the classroom and in informal settings, with great living Catholic thinkers like Bishop Robert Barron, Joseph Pearce, Eleonore Stump and Duncan Stroik. The series helps fulfill the mission of the Catholic Studies program, "to share the riches of the Church's own culture" with students and the community

Previous Catholic Studies Events

Fr. Paul Murray


 Fr. Robert Barron, "Thomas Merton's Metaphysics of Peace"

Bishop Robert Barron
Fr. (now Bishop) Robert Barron
Juan Olivarez, Fr. Robert barron, Dr. John Pinheiro
From Left to Right, President Juan Olivarez, Fr. Robert Barron, Dr. John Pinheiro


crowd sitting down
A capacity crowd listens to Fr. Robert Barron speak on Thomas Merton
Fr. Robert Barron
Fr. Robert Barron 

Dawn Eden, "My Tangled Road to Rome"


Sr. Mary Prudence Allen, RSM, Ph. D., "Can the Complementarity of Woman and Man be Proved? 


Dr. Ralph Martin, “The New Evangelization: Why Bother?”
Presented by Eerdmans Bookstore


Special Lecture on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

"John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, and the Future of Catholic Higher Education"
by George Weigel


George Weigel speaking on the mission of Catholic higher education.

Among the attendees were the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

A capacity crowd listening to George Weigel.

Dr. John Pinheiro, Mr. George Weigel, President Juan Olivarez