The Annual USM Theology Lecture:
Pope Francis and the Future of the Church

7 p.m. Thursday, October 9
University of Saint Mary – Mead Hall Walnut Room

Reception immediately following.


Pope Francis was not yet a priest when the Second Vatican Council was called, but he’s carrying forward its teaching in a bold new way.

  • Encouraging the church to create a "culture of encounter,” rather than a “build it and they will come” model

  • Asking people to “think with the church”—humbly listening and leaving room for conversation

  • Teaching mercy and calling for justice

So why do these things matter?
Come hear Dr. Rick Gaillardetz explain.

Free and open to the public.

Call 913-758-6158 for more information.

Meet Dr. Gaillardetz:

The Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the director of graduate studies.

Dr. Gaillardetz has published numerous articles, authored eight books, and edited two others.