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Garaventa Center: Past Events
For over 40 years, Jeff Dietrich has lived in community at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker House in solidarity with the poor. He is an activist, an author and a cook, whose efforts have helped provide 3 million meals to the homeless on L.A.’s Skid Row. Thought-provoking essays, predicated on radical readings of Bible text, were published as Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on LA’s Skid Row (2011).
Wednesday, April 18
A panel discussion of the current political climate and the issues pertinent to Catholics will be followed by an open discussion with the audience. Panel members include:
Fr. Gary Chamberland, C.S.C., cannon law expert and director of campus ministry
Theology professors Rebecca Gaudino and Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C., share their particular interest in the theology of literature with a presentation of two works by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, Deep River and Silence. Shusaku Endo had the unusual perspective of being both Japanese and Catholic living in Japan following World War II. Endo’s Catholic faith was often a central feature in his work, which introduced characters struggling with complex moral issues in stories that dealt with doubt, abandonment, human freedom, and the power of Christian redemption.
October 4, 2011
Sister of Selma
Sr. Antona Ebo
Sr. Antona Ebo, an African American Franciscan nun, responded to Rev. Martin Luther King’s call across the nation in 1965 to join him in marching across Alabama and over the Selma Bridge following the police brutality of “Bloody Sunday.” “I am here because I am a Negro, a nun, a Catholic, and because I want to bear witness.” With these simple words, Sr. Antona Ebo, FSM, faced armed opposition to the civil rights march. Although terrified and unfamiliar with making political statements through protests, she felt compelled to join the peaceful march for voting rights for African Americans following the killing of peace marchers only three weeks earlier. Sr. Antona will answer questions following the PBS documentary film "Sisters of Selma."
October 17, 2011
Red Mass Event
Dinner and Lecture with Mark Chopko.
The Red Mass is celebrated as a tradition of prayer for those entrusted with the Law in our nation. Mark Chopko, a partner at Stradley Ronon in Washington, D.C., focuses on constitutional law, and sensitivity to the boundary between religion and government. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University where he teaches a seminar on church-state law. Mr. Chopko lectures widely in the United States and Europe on liability trends, church-state relations, legal ethics for church lawyers, assisted suicide and a variety of other topics.
October 21, 2011
A Spiritual Spa
Sr. Joyce Rupp
Mini-Retreat and Wine & Appetizer Social/Book Signing
Joyce Rupp, best-selling author and devotional retreat leader, will offer a mini-retreat to Relax, Refocus and Restore participants. A Servite sister, Rupp has authored twenty one books, including her latest, Fragments of Your Ancient Name (2011), a unique collection of daily meditations that draw from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and other sources, offering wisdom and insight while contemplating the many names of God. She gives conferences and retreats both nationally and internationally, and is the co-director of The Institute of Compassionate Presence.
October 27, 2011
Uncommon Love and the Common Good: Christians as Citizens of the World
Christine Vladimiroff is a former President/CEO of Chicago-based Second Harvest, the nation’s largest food bank network. She oversaw a charitable organization that included over 650,000 volunteers helping 26 million poor Americans from going hungry. Her presentation will look at unlocking Christian Social Teaching in a globalizing era from a scriptural basis to papal documents to the Common Good as a political norm.
September 22, 2011
The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace
George Coyne, S.J.
Fr. George V. Coyne, SJ is an astronomer with his Ph.D from Georgetown. Coyne served as Director of the Vatican Observatory from 1978-2006 and is currently on the University of Arizona Astronomy faculty. He has received numerous honorary degrees around the world and various awards including an asteroid named for him. The annual Zahm Lecture serves as the keynote address for the University of Portland’s academic year and was established in 1999 to honor Rev. John Zahm, an eminent Holy Cross priest and scientist. In his presentation, Fr. Coyne will present in broad strokes what he believes is some of the best of our modern scientific understanding of the universe, and then ask the question: Did God do it?
September 29, 2011
St. Francis: A man of the thirteenth century and for the twenty-first century
William Cook is a Distinguished Professor of History at State University of New York, Geneseo, NY (SUNY Geneseo). He primarily teaches courses in ancient and medieval history and, since 1983, has directed 11 Seminars for School Teachers for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Cook has published several books on St. Francis including an acclaimed catalogue of artwork featuring the saint titled Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility.
July 15, 2011
UCCE Annual Conference hosted by Pace Program
Keynote Address: Karen Eifler, Ph.D
University Consortium for Catholic Education (UCCE) is a partnership of university programs joined by the common mission of recruiting and training faith-filled, energetic teachers to strengthen, sustain and serve in Catholic schools.
Karen Eifler, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Portland, teaches courses in Curriculum Development and Implementation. Awarded the prestigious Carnegie Foundation Teaching Award for Oregon Professor of the Year in 2006, Eifler continues to teach and mentor student teachers and is the author of numerous articles and books including the recently published A Month of Mondays: Spiritual Lessons from the Catholic Classroom.