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The Desire for God in a Secular Age: Therese of Lisieux and Etty Hillesum  

Saint Therese of Lisieux

 St. Therese of Lisieux

On October 28, 2019, The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute of the Center for Catholic Studies will host "The Desire for God in a Secular Age: Therese of Lisieux and Etty Hillesum." Beginning at 4 p.m., the lecture will take place in the Faculty Lounge in the University Center.

This lecture will explore the lives of Holocaust victim, Etty Hillesum and the French saint, Therese of Lisieux, both of whom serve as models of longing and holiness and can speak to our lives in a secular age. This lecture also addresses commonly contemplated questions, such as— Do we long for the transcendent? Do we have a fundamental desire for God?

Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum

Attendees will hear from guest lecturer Randall Rosenberg as well as a response from John Laracy. Randall Rosenberg is an associate professor of systematic theology at Saint Louis University. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at SLU and is the author of The Givenness of Desire: Concrete Subjectivity and the Natural Desire to See God (University of Toronto Press). John Laracy is a professor of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University. John Laracy’s interests center on Trinitarian theology, Christology, and metaphysics of the 20th century Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.

About the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute
The Bernard J. Lonergan Institute at Seton Hall University is dedicated to the study of Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method--GEM--and its application to contemporary culture. Such a method is based not only in the data of sense but also the data of consciousness. It seeks to understand not only the method of empirical sciences but also the methods of human studies and theology. 

Bernard Lonergan, S.J., (1904-84) was a twentieth century Catholic philosopher and theologian whom Newsweek cited as among "the finest philosophical thinkers of the twentieth century." In November 2006, the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University launched the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute dedicated to the study of his ideas and their application in contemporary culture. The Institute contains: all of Lonergan's published works; copies of his most significant unpublished writings; doctoral dissertations on Lonergan's work; the most significant secondary literature on Lonergan; and Lonergan's "memorabilia."

In addition to ongoing research and scholarship, the Institute focuses on faculty development and sponsors graduate study, faculty and student reading groups, ongoing programs and the publication of the acclaimed journal, The Lonergan Review. For more information please visit,

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For more information, please contact:

  • Ashley Banks
  • (973) 275-2407