Regis University kicks off the fall version of its popular Catholicism in the Modern World Catholic Speaker Series with a presentation by Vatican reporter John Allen at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the University’s St. John Francis Regis Chapel.
Allen’s presentation is titled “Religious Freedom: Catholic Discernment, Directives or Dictates?”
In 2000, Allen established the Rome office of the National Catholic Reporter. From that position, he broke stories on Rome’s response to the American sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican’s opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the death of John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI. More recently, Allen has covered the news of the former papal butler accused of leaking Vatican documents, the CDF’s allegations against American women religious and the Vatican’s move toward financial transparency.
The second speaker series event on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. features Enrique Morones, a human rights leaders and advocate for migrants and immigrants. Morones’ talk is titled “Border Angels, Border Realities and Immigration Today.”
Morones is president & founder of Border Angels an all-volunteer group he established in 1986 which places water in the desert and blankets and food in the winter on the border areas to help save migrant lives. He is First Director and founder of Mexico’s Border Commission and advisory group to former Mexican President Vicente Fox ad part of Mexico’s Institute of Mexican Abroad.
The final presenter in the speaker series is Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J., who will speak on “Archbishop Romero’s Legacy Alive at Regis: Faith Doing Justice” at 7 p.m. Nov. 8.
A native of Wyoming and a Jesuit of the Missouri Province, Father Burke received his doctorate in Systematic Theology from Weston Jesuit with a dissertation exploring the philosophical foundations for theology developed by the Salvadoran theologian and martyr, Ignacio Ellacuría. The Ground Beneath the Cross: The Theology of Ignacio Ellacuría, was published by Georgetown University Press in 2000. He later co-edited a collection of essays entitled Love that Produces Hope: The Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría.
This weekend will also include a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Romero House at Regis University. For more information, visit www.regis.edu – search Romero House.
All three speaker series events are free and open to the public.