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Since 1982, St. Jerome’s University has offered Lectures in Catholic Experience to our local community, providing opportunities for us to engage with the critical issues of our time. We have invited scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders to address subjects in the areas of religion and politics, spirituality, health care, international relations and human rights, ecological responsibility, religious pluralism, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, religion and the media, and others. In response to the COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the Lectures in Catholic Experience will continue to support a series of lectures available online in 2021-2022.

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As the COVID-19 crisis extends into yet another academic year, many feel like they are in a fog. How long are vaccines effective? What health measures are best? When can we go back to “normal”? Why go back to normal if normal was based—as Pope Francis has argued–on the exploitation of the poor and the earth?

How do we shine a light in this time of uncertainty and division? The 2021-2022 Lectures in Catholic Experience explore our search for truth in uncertain and difficult times. To make our way through the fog, we require both dedication and humility, a steadfast commitment to learn and to recognize the limits of our learning. Our speakers will attempt to light a way forward.

The current fog of uncertainty has even shaped the way we offer the Lectures in Catholic Experience for this series. The fall lectures were held online. The winter lectures will continue to be held online, unless safe to return to campus as noted below. The live stream option will remain available if lectures return to on-campus. Please also note the different days of the week and times for these lectures.

What the Taliban and QAnon Have in Common: The Global Rise of Religious Nationalism
Wednesday, February 16, 2:00 P.M. EST | Online
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer
Professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
Author, God at War, When God Stops Fighting and Terror in the Mind of God

Find out more about the lecture here.
Join us for this event by using this link.

Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die. So now what?
Friday, March 25, 2022, 7:30 PM  EST | In person on campus and live streamed.
Registration in advance required for those attending live presentation.
Professor David Seljak
Professor of Religious Studies, St. Jerome’s University

Find out more about the lecture here.

End of Life Care and the Cost of Neglect
Friday, April 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m EST | In person on campus and live streamed.
Registration in advance required for those attending live presentation.
Dr. Jose Pereira, Director, Division of Palliative Care
Department of Family Medicine
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Find out more about the lecture here.


We hope you will join us!





David Seljak, PhD
Professor of Religious Studies
Coordinator, Lectures in Catholic Experience




All lectures at St. Jerome’s University are provided on a complimentary basis. Please note that the registration process has been waived for lectures being provided online. In March 2022, we hope to return to an in person format with live streaming available. Tickets may be required to attend lectures on campus, to assist us with monitoring participation numbers. Ticket registration information is provided with each lecture presented on campus.

The Lectures in Catholic Experience take place in the Vanstone Lecture Hall, Academic Centre (SJ2), located at St. Jerome's University. Click here for detailed location and map information. The campus is currently closed due to COVID-19 and all lectures are being offered online ONLY through Microsoft Teams.



Complimentary parking is available in Lots A and B at St. Jerome’s University. Pay for parking is also available within walking distance of the Academic Centre.




Thank you to the individuals and organizations that make the Lectures in Catholic Experience series possible each year. We are grateful for your support and in particular acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the following:


            Congregation of the Resurrection
            Family and Friends of Laurence A. Cummings
            Family and Friends of Ken Devlin
            Family and Friends of John Sweeney
            Family and Friends of John J. Wintermeyer
            Friends of Michael W. Higgins
            Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters)
            Jesuits of Canada
            Patrons of the Lectures in Catholic Experience
            Scarboro Missions
            Spalding Family
            Waterloo Catholic District School Board


If you would like to join our mailing list to receive a hard copy of the Lectures in Catholic Experience brochure when published OR to receive email notifications of upcoming lectures in this series, please click here. Please include "LCE Mailing List" in the subject line of your email.




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