A lecture series from the faculty of the
University of Saint Mary Department of Theology, Philosophy & Pastoral Ministry

All events will be held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church - Parish Hall
1310 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111


Oct. 15, Theologians and Bishops: Dialogue and Disillusionment  

Dr. Brian Hughes
7-8:30 p.m.

The historical relationship between Catholic bishops and theologians has been one of cooperation, tension, and at times, antipathy. In this session, we’ll explore some historical events and contemporary controversies to better understand better the major fault lines in the contemporary church.

Oct. 22, Catholic Women Deacons: Restoring an Ancient Rite for the 21st Century 

Dr. Amanda Quantz
7-8:30 p.m.

There’s ample evidence in early Christian documents that Catholic women were ordained as deacons. They had an official role equal to that of men in the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist. This session will examine those early sources and explore the real possibility that Pope Francis will revive the early Church’s practice of ordaining women as deacons.

Oct. 29, Convictions and Controversies: What would Jesus do?

Sister Char White, SCL
7-8:30 p.m.

Immigration, abortion, excommunication: Why can’t others see what is so clearly right? What shapes the American Catholic ethic? What is the trajectory of a moral life? This session will take a practical look at these questions.

Nov. 5, Immigration: Catholic Perspectives and Challenges

Dr. Bob Schimoler
7-8:30 p.m.

Exploring the controversy concerning immigration policy from the perspective of theories of social justice and political theory, relevant documents of the Catholic Church, and the history of current immigration policy.

Nov. 12, Christ and Kielbasa: What would Jesus eat?

Dr. Scott O’Leary
7-8:30 p.m.

Is it ethical to eat meat? Is factory farming compatible with Catholic social teaching and Christian compassion? This session will focus on several contemporary issues that 21st century Americans face in the food choices they make. We’ll discuss why ignoring these issues altogether is no longer an option for Christians.


Cost to attend the entire lecture series is $60
Call 913.758.6158 or email Amanda Quantz to purchase tickets.