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Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series

This is an ongoing lecture workshop and conference series within the Buffalo/Niagara Region. It is designed to foster conversations about important issues involving the relationship between Christianity and culture. It promotes cooperation and understanding across religious, gender and ethnic lines.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Canisius College Institute for the Global Study of Religion and the Ecumenical Community of Western New York. 

Upcoming Events

Alexander Mikkulich, Ph.D.

Racial Liberation: An Ignatian Way

Tuesday, October 11, 2017
Grupp Fireside Lounge at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius College

Alex Mikkulich is a Roman Catholic theologian and social ethicist. He devotes his scholarship and activism to racial equity in the Roman Catholic Church and society. He is a spiritual director in the tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and currently serves as Assistant Director of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans. His “Breathing Space” essay (published in America magazine) won the 2016 Best Essay in a national weekly from the Catholic Press Association.

Alex draws upon Jesuit values and the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius of Loyola to suggest a way of racial liberation for pre-dominantly white Jesuit colleges and universities. His essay “Breathing Spaces”: Jesuits Must Do More to Undo Racism,” provides background to this presentation.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Father Gregory J. Boyle

Executive Director, Homeboy Industries

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius College

Jesuit Father Gregory J. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects and the territories of numerous gangs. By 1988, he and the parish and the community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy trains and employs former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to over 10,000 people who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. He is the subject of Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary, G-Dog. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He was named 2016 Humanitarian of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, the national culinary-arts organization.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

Thursday, March 30
Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius College

Ilia Delio is a Franciscan sister of Washington, D.C. and an American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology.

Sister Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and is the author of seventeen books including Care for Creation (co-authored with Keith Warner and Pamela Woods) which won two Catholic Press Book Award in 2009, first place for social concerns and second place in Spirituality. Her recent books include The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (Orbis, 2013), which received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a third place Catholic Press Association Award for Faith and Science.

Please join us and help welcome Sister Ilia. This presentation is free and open to the public.