Gaillardetz to speak on ‘Church Authority and Ecumenism’

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Sunday, 18 March 2012 04:00
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SYLVANIA—Lourdes University’s 2012 Ecumenical Lecture, “Church Authority and Ecumenism: Obstacle or Opportunity,” begins at 3 p.m. March 25 in the Franciscan Center.

Richard Gaillardetz
Richard Gaillardetz

The guest lecturer is Richard Gaillardetz, who currently holds the Joseph Chair in Systematic Theology at Boston College. In his presentation, Dr. Gaillardetz is to explore the deeper issues underlying questions of church authority in ecumenical dialogue and propose some measures that might advance ecumenical conversation on the topic.

For 10 years, Dr. Gaillardetz served as the Margaret and Thomas Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at The University of Toledo. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and has published more than 80 articles and authored eight books. Other accomplishments include receiving the Sophia Award in 2000 from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in recognition of “theological excellence in service to ministry,” and serving as an official delegate on the U.S. Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue from 2001-2005.

The Lourdes University Ecumenical Lecture Series was established in 1983 by former Lourdes presidents Sylvania Franciscan Sisters Marie Andrée Chorzempa and Ann Francis Klimkowski.

“We wanted to foster an ecumenical atmosphere,” says Sr. Klimkowski. “That atmosphere still exists today and has expanded to an interfaith approach with both the Jewish and Muslim communities being featured as well.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Benjamin Brown, assistant professor of theological studies, at 419-824-3946 or

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