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Department of Catholic Studies - Fr. Paul Murray Lecture
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Paul Murray FlyerThe Department of Catholic Studies is proud to present the first 2014 Fall lecture, part of the Modern Catholicism Lecture Series. Join us on Monday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bishop Dougherty Student Center, Main Lounge. The lecture's title is: "Anxious Hearts and Wounded Lives. The Place of the New Sacred." Lecturer: Fr. Paul Murray O.P.

The lecture is free open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

About the Lecture

In the light of the Gospel and the Catholic spiritual tradition, the talk will explore the new relationship established by Christ between the sacred and the profane. Is it really possible that what was once considered profane - our broken world - is now the place of the sacred, and what was once hopelessly lost, and beyond the pale, is now the center?

About the Lecturer

Father Paul Murray, O.P., an Irish Dominican, lives and works in Rome where he is President of the Spirituality Institute at the Angelicum University. Author of a number of books in the fields of spirituality and literary criticism, he has also published four books of poetry, one of which was awarded Poetry Ireland Choice. Asked to give talks and retreats in a number of different countries over the years, he was invited, in November 2010, to deliver a lecture on Christian contemplation at the House of Lords in London. Works published by Father Murray include the following: A Journey with Jonah: The Spirituality of Bewilderment (2002), and In the Grip of Light: The Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation (2012); Aquinas at Prayer: The Bible, Mysticism and Poetry (2013).

About the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University

Established in 2012 — the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II — the Department of Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, America’s oldest diocesan university, fosters Seton Hall’s Catholic identity and mission by exploring the relationship of Catholicism with all areas of culture and learning. Since its focus is the Church’s encounter and dialogue with society, or the Church in the world, Vatican II designated a special place for Catholic Studies as a discipline in academic life. As a result, Catholic Studies is a dialogue between Catholicism and culture that occurs in a special way at Catholic universities. While respecting other disciplines, Catholic Studies explores theology and philosophy in relation to culture, humankind and the world. This methodological approach opens up a place for all other disciplines; these enrich Catholic Studies and are enriched in return. Catholic Studies builds upon and develops the themes and questions addressed in the University Core Curriculum and is complementary to other disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts degree — a major that enhances every other major.

Seton Hall is the first university in the eastern United States to create a Department of Catholic Studies. In December 2013, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University on the occasion of the establishment of the Department of Catholic Studies. This makes Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Ines Angeli Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


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