Canisius Presents Lecture By Expert On Catholic Church

BUFFALO, NY ― Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, will speak at Canisius College on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center. Father Reese’s lecture, entitled “Catholic Identity in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public. The event is presented by the Institute for Global Study of Religion (IGSOR) at Canisius College.

At Georgetown, Father Reese is also director of the Woodstock International Visiting Fellows Program. Father Reese is a widely-recognized expert on the U.S. Catholic Church and his scholarship focuses on religion and public policy.  He served as editor of America, the national Catholic weekly magazine, for nearly seven years. In this role, Father Reese encouraged discussion and debate on issues facing the Catholic Church and the world.

Father Reese is also the author of a trilogy of books that examine church organization and politics on the local, national and international levels: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church, A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.

Father Reese’s lecture is co-sponsored by John J. Hurley, president of Canisius College. For more information, contact Timothy Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies and IGSOR director, at (716) 888-2824, or send an e-mail to

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier university in Western New York.