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Habiger Lecture Series

Habiger Lecture Series

Joseph and Edith Habiger Endowment for Catholic Studies

The Joseph and Edith Habiger Endowment for Catholic Studies, created in 2000, is designed to enliven the Catholic faith community at the University of St. Thomas.  The endowment supports an annual lecture series as well as scholar-in-residence and artist-in-residence programs, which allow for continued discussions within the university community about the relevance of faith for contemporary life.  The scholars-in-residence and artists-in-residence also deliver a public lecture during their time on campus.

The endowment was provided by Monsignor James Habiger, in honor of his parents, Joseph and Edith Habiger. Most recent lectures, available in PDF format, are listed below. Opening these links requires the free Adobe Reader software. You may not cite or reprint articles without permission of the author.


Habiger Lectures


Fall 2010 Habiger Lecture
October 26, 2010
Peter Cardinal Turkson,
President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Caritas in veritate: Good News for Society
Spring 2010 Habiger Lecture

February 22, 2010
Joyana Jacoby
, Coordinator for Service Immersion Trips, DePaul University
Building Bridges of Solidarity

Spring 2009 Habiger Lecture

April 6, 2009
Dr. Jonathan Reyes
, CEO of Catholic Charities Denver
Forming a New Generation of Catholic Leaders

Fall 2008 Habiger Lecture

October 13, 2008
Dr. Bernard Evans
, Minnesota Catholic Conference
Living our Faith, Shaping our Politics

Fall 2007 Habiger Lecture

November 1, 2007
Rev. Jan Michael Joncas
, Associate Professor for the Departments of Catholic Studies and Theology at the University of St. Thomas and internationally renowned composer, musician and liturgist.
From Dies Irae to In Paradisium: The Mystery of Death in Catholic Sacred Music

Spring 2007 Habiger Lecture

February 26, 2007
Monsignor Leo Cushley, Vatican diplomat and Counselor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC
A Light to the Nations: Vatican Diplomacy and Global Politics

Fall 2006 Habiger Lecture

October 2, 2006
Dr. Jonathan J. Reyes, president of the Augustine Institute
Called to Greatness: The Rising Generation of Catholics and the New Evangelization

Spring 2006 Habiger Lecture

March 27, 2006
Rev. Robert Barron

Augustine's Questions: Why the Augustinian Theology of God Matters Today

Fall 2005 Habiger Artist-in-Residence

September 19, 2005
Rev. Paul Murray, O.P.
Is There A Case For Poetry?
Father Murray, who has published four volumes of poetry, gave a poetry reading at the Center for Catholic Studies and delivered a series of talks on poetry and spirituality to the UST community as well as the wider Twin Cities community.

Spring 2005 Habiger Artist-in-Residence

April 25, 2005
Br. Anthony Sweere, FBP
The Icon as "Window into Heaven"
As the first Habiger Artist-in-Residence, Sweere was commissioned to write an icon of Christ the Teacher for the Sitzmann Hall chapel.  He also delivered a series of talks on the history, meaning and symbolism of icons, as well as on the icon writing process.

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Sweere, a Franciscan Brother of Peace, has been creating Russian style icons for churches, while studying for seven years on Russian born master iconographer, Vladislav Andrejev.  He worked with Andrejev and several others in writing the icons covering the dome of the new church of St. Michael in St. Michael, Minn.  In addition, he was commissioned by Archbishop Harry J. Flynn to write the icons of St. Peter and St. Paul for a side chapel in the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn.

Fall 2004 Lecture

November 2, 2004
Br. Robert Smith, O.F., Cap., Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Catholic Schools Wanted and Needed for Today

Spring 2004 Habiger Scholar-in-Residence

March 31, 2004
Jeanne Heffernnan
Why Tocqueville Was Right: Catholic Citizens and the Renewal of Democracy

Fall 2003 Lecture

October 15, 2003
Bishop Blase Cupich
, Diocese of Rapid City
The Second Vatican Council: Why Should It Matter to Your Generation?

Fall 2002 Habiger Scholar-in-Residence

September 23, 2002
Rev. John Kavanaugh, S.J.

Following Christ in a Consumer Society

Spring 2002 Lecture

April 22, 2002
Rev. Virgilio Elizondo
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of a New Creation

Spring 2001 Lecture

March 27, 2001
Rev. Paul Murray, O.P.
The Task of Happiness: A Reflection on Human Suffering and Christian Joy

Fall 2000 Lecture

October 16, 2000
Rev. John Kavanaugh, S.J.
Culture of Life and Culture of Death in College Life

Spring 2000 Lecture

April 10, 2000
Rev. Jan Michael Joncas
Tasting the Reign of God: The Meal Ministry of Jesus and its Implications for Christian Worship and Life