The Bunch Who Lunch invites all faculty and staff to a most interesting luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Bunch is a group of St. Thomas staff and faculty who gather a few times throughout the year for lunch and socializing with other St. Thomas employees, while learning something new each time with exciting speakers and topics.

Dr. Massimo Faggioli

Dr. Massimo Faggioli

The guest speaker is Dr. Massimo Faggioli, an assistant professor in the Theology Department. He will speak on “The Church Facing Modernity: Tradition, not Traditionalism.”

The luncheon will be held 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in McNeely Hall, Room 100. A soup and salad buffet will be served; the cost is $7.95. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring your own lunch. RSVPs are required for all in order to plan seating, etc. Reservations (regardless of lunch option) are due Wednesday, Oct. 31. Send your RSVP to Julie Kimlinger or by campus mail to Mail #5004 along with your check made payable to UST in the amount of $7.95.

Questions? Call Julie Kimlinger (651) 962-5014, JoAnn Toussaint (651) 962-5409 or Laurie Dimond (651) 962-5300.

About the speaker

Faggioli lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their daughter. He writes regularly for Italian newspapers and journals on the Church, religion and politics, with special interest in history of Christianity and the Second Vatican Council.

Two books

Dr. Massimo Faggioli is the author of “Vatican II: The Battle for Meaning” and “True Reform.”

Faggioli worked in the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna (also known as “the Bologna School”) between 1996 and 2008 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2002. He has studied theology at the Karl-Eberhards-Universität Tübingen (1999-2000) and was invited  (spring 2002) to work as a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculté de Théologie et Sciences Religieuses at the Université Laval, Québec.

He moved to the United States in 2008, where he was a visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College between 2008 and 2009.

For more information see Faggioli’s Web page.