LCE - The Collapse of Self-Transcendence: COVID-19 and Meaning-Making in Everyday Life

March 17, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. | Online
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About the Lecture

As human beings we hunger for deep meaning and happiness in our lives and search for ways to attain both; this is called “self-transcendence.”  The centrality of self-transcendence in human happiness, whether one is a believer or not, opens the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished or even cut off access to self-transcending experiences (e.g., participation in social activities, art, sports activities, and volunteering opportunities) that are knit into our everyday lives. Professor David Perrin will explore the role of “self-transcendence” in our lives, how COVID-19 has impacted it, and ways to cope – and even flourish – during these challenging times. 


About the Speaker

David Perrin

David Perrin, PhD

Professor of Religious Studies, St. Jerome's University
Author, The 20-Minute Retreat: 18 Sessions With the Saints to Nourish Your Faith


David Perrin is Past-President of the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and former President and Vice Chancellor of St. Jerome’s University. He has conducted workshops and retreats on a range of popular topics for people of all faiths or none. His publications include six books as well as popular and scholarly articles on mysticism, asceticism, spiritual direction, and related topics.  His latest book is The 20-Minute Retreat: 18 Sessions With the Saints to Nourish Your Faith (Novalis 2019).

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 4:00pm
Sponsored by: 

The Master of Catholic Thought program at St. Jerome's University and the Lectures in Catholic Experience.


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