Exploring Christian Life - Glasgow lectures

Professor Tina Beattie

Professor Tina Beattie

This year's Gonzaga Lectures at St Aloysius in Glasgow will be delivered by four eminent speakers during Lent.  They will kick off on Tuesday, 15 March, with Fr J Glenn Murray SJ,  Associate Pastor at St Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Washington.  He is a renowned international speaker on liturgy and will be addressing the new translation of the Roman Missal in a talk entitled 'Let us Talents and Tongues Employ'.

Professor Keith Ward, the second speaker in the series, was Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and is now a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College University of London.  His talk, on 22 March, will state 'Why there almost certainly is a God'.

The third Gonzaga Lecture will be given by Professor Tina Beattie, who is Professor of Catholic Studies and the Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre at Roehampton University.  Under the title, 'Mother Church and her Rebellious Daughters', Professor Beattie will consider Catholicism and Feminism 'in dialogue and conflict'.

The lecture series will conclude on Tuesday, 19 April, with a question: 'What is Christian Love?' It will be posed by Professor Werner Jeanrond from Glasgow University where he is Professor of Divinity.

The Gonzaga Lectures are named after St Aloysius Gonzaga, a Jesuit of the 16th century who is the patron saint of Catholic youth.  Established in 1995, they continue the centuries-old Jesuit patronage of intellectual enquiry and spiritual development.

The 2011 series of Gonzaga Lectures will take place in St Aloysius' Church, Glasgow, starting at 7.30pm.  The church has recently had new seating installed and its PA system has been upgraded.  Admission is free.