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John O’Malley, S.J., from Georgetown University to Present Annual Loyola Lecture

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) ... John O’Malley, S.J., will present the annual Loyola Lecture at Le Moyne College on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel. He will speak from his perspective as a theologian of church history on the spirit of change in Vatican II, and on the current debates about its significance for the church today. His talk is titled "The Spirit of the Council."

Fr. O’Malley is a University Professor at Georgetown University. He has written and edited a number of books, including “The First Jesuits,” which received both the Jacques Barzun Prize for Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society and the Philip Schaff Prize from the American Society for Church History. In addition, he authored “What Happened at Vatican II,” published by Harvard University Press, which is a companion piece to “Trent: What Happened at the Council” (also from Harvard University Press).

Father O’Malley has lectured widely in Europe and North America to both professional and general audiences. He is past-president of the Renaissance Society of America and the American Catholic Historical Association. He holds the Johannes Quasten Medal from The Catholic University of America for distinguished service in religious studies. In 1995 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1997 to the American Philosophical Society, and in 2001 to the Accademia di san Carlo, Ambrosian Library, Milan. He holds lifetime achievement awards from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, the Renaissance Society of America, and the American Catholic Historical Association.

The Loyola Lecture is an event in which a Jesuit scholar, or a scholar who speaks on a topic related to Jesuit education, theology or church life, is invited to address the campus community.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Le Moyne’s Jesuit community, the department of religious studies, Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection and the Office of Mission and Identity. For more information, call Nina Bette at (315) 445-4525.

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posted on: 3/7/2013