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Workshops and Lectures



Lectures 2017-2018

Lectures are held in the Bartlett Pastoral Center at 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

From Atheist to Catholic: The Apologetics of Imagination

   On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Dr. Holly Ordway, professor of English at Houston Baptist University and a convert to the faith, will discuss her journey from atheism to Catholicism.

Dr. Ordway once thought she was “not God’s type” -- an atheist professor hostile to Christianity -- but she discovered that following the truth led her on an unexpected journey. In this talk, she shares her journey of faith from atheism, to becoming a Protestant, to encountering the fullness of the truth in the Catholic Church. In particular, she discusses how the imagination, working through stories and poetry, played a crucial role in her conversion to Christianity as well as her later reconciliation with the Church. Her story shows what it’s like to move from outside the Faith to inside, and provides encouragement and insights for those who are involved in apologetics, evangelization, preaching, and teaching.

She is the author of Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press, 2014).


Do You Believe in Miracles?


  On Thursday, April 12, 2018, John C. Cavadini, Ph.D., professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will explore the Catholic understanding of miracles, addressing the questions: Do miracles still occur? How can we understand the meaning of a miracle? What is the biblical and theological basis for miracles? How do miracles serve in the process of the canonization of saints? 

In addition to teaching theology, Dr. Cavadini is director of the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame. His research and teaching primarily focus on the history and theology of the early Church, the theology of miracles, and the Fathers of the Church. In November 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission and since 2006 he has served as a consultant to the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. His published works include Miracles in Jewish and Christian Antiquity, Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, and Mary on the Eve of the Second Vatican Council.


This lecture is part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series in honor of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987. It is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum, the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, and the Notre Dame Club of Greater Cincinnati.


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