Missionaries, Founders, Thinkers, and Marian Apparitions

European contact with the “New World” after 1492 is often portrayed as led exclusively by misguided, self-interested, and tragically violent conquistadors. This new discussion series will offer interested students a free lunch and a first exposure to a different and often forgotten set of important actors: the saintly women of the Americas whose loving witness, deep devotion, and peaceful genius helped carry the good news of Christ throughout North, Central, and South America. Interested students, faculty and others should contact Dr. Jocelyn Moore (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 


February 16, 2018 (12:00-1:30pm)

Location: Garden Room (West Range/Hotel E)

A delicious lunch and a friendly forum to learn and ask questions about the exemplary lives of several holy women we all ought to know more about.  At our next lunch, we discuss St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), the first Native American saint, and Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1901-1927), a scholarly mystic whose life and writings were and remain deeply inspiring for religious and lay persons, especially her posthumously published book Greater Perfection.

November 10, 2017 (12:00-1:30pm): St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and Sr. Thea Bowman
Location: Alderman, Room 423 (All are invited to attend)
With special guest: Religious Studies Professor Emeritus Fr. Gerry Fogarty, S.J.
Suggested Drexel reading: Hurd, "Chapter 6: The Southern Harvest Begins"; Suggested Bowman reading: Selected writings
September 15, 2017 (12:00-1:30pm) Dorothy Day (Co-founder of Catholic Worker House)
With special guests: Kate Hennessy (Day's youngest granddaughter) and Laura and Steve Brown of Casa Alma (Charlottesville Catholic Worker House)
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Hosted by Prof. Beth Sutherland:

April 21, 2017 (12:00-1:30pm) Dorothy Day
Special Guests: Laura Brown (Casa Alma, Charlottesville), Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P.
Suggested Reading: "Aims and Purposes" (1940), "Poverty and Precarity" (1952)
March 24, 2017: St. Katharine Drexel (Saint of Racial Justice) and St. Mother Frances Cabrini (first U.S. saint and "The Heavenly Patroness of All Emigrants")
Special Guest: Charles Kromkowski (Politics)
February 24, 2017: Our Lady of Guadalupe and other Marian Apparitions. Special guest: Prof. Nichole Flores (Religious Studies)
February 10, 2017: Sor Juana  Inés de la Cruz, O.S.H. (1648/51-1695)--also known as "The Tenth Muse" and "The Phoenix of Mexico"--was a Hieronymite  nun in 17th century Mexico, a visionary philosopher, a brilliant and very early advocate for women’s education, and America’s first Poet, a truly luminous daughter of the Church. 
Special guest: Prof. Allison Bigelow (Spanish); Suggested Reading: "Response to Sor Filotea" 
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