Dr. Michael Naughton

Dr. Michael Naughton

Dr. Michael Naughton, the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas, will give the first breakfast talk in an annual series co-sponsored by St. Olaf Catholic Church and the university’s John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought.

The ecumenical “Faith and Work Breakfast” will be held from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Fleming Hall of St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. Eighth St. in downtown Minneapolis.

Naughton, director of the Ryan Institute, also will give the talk at a Faith and Work Lunch that will be held at 12:35 p.m. Thursday. Two of the talks in this year’s series will be given at breakfast and again at lunch.

In his talk on “Divided Life?: A Bigger Challenge Than We May Know,” Naughton will discuss how many of us long for a greater sense of balance in our lives. Instead, we feel parceled out, compartmentalized and divided, squeezing out time between work, family, friends, God and all the other commitments of our life.

Now in their 16th year, the Faith and Work Breakfasts deal with the personal challenges of faith-and-work integration and are designed for professionals from all faiths.  The theme of this year’s series is “A Divided Life.” Each of the series’ six speakers will speak on how to find balance when there are so many commitments to be met.

The cost of each Faith and Work Breakfast is $20, which includes a continental breakfast or a box lunch. Pre-registration is encouraged.  To make a reservation or for more information, call St. Olaf Catholic Church at (612) 332-7471, Ext. 255, or send an e-mail to cbishop@saintolaf.org .

Information also is available on the St. Olaf Web site.