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President and Vice Chancellor Peter Meehan Featured at LCE, April 23rd

President and Vice Chancellor Peter Meehan Featured at LCE, April 23rd

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021

How does the Roman Catholic Church meet the challenges of today while remaining connected to its past? At 7:30 p.m. on April 23rd, St. Jerome’s University President and Vice Chancellor Peter Meehan’s lecture “Progressive or Conservative? Archbishop Pocock and the Renewal of the Church in Canada” explores the life and times of Archbishop Philip Pocock of Toronto, who navigated a similar challenge during the time of the Second Vatican Council. The lecture is the second in a four-part Lectures in Catholic Experience 2021 online series “Hope in the Time of COVID!”


During the lecture Meehan will focus on the experience of a time of exciting renewal of the Church and the changes needed to address the challenges we face now. He will also speak to how the Church—and the university–can participate in public debates on important ethical issues. This lecture is as much about the present as the past.

“We keep hearing that we live in unprecedented times of dramatic change,” noted the Coordinator of the Lectures in Catholic Experience, David Seljak, a professor in the university’s Department of Religious Studies. “But Peter Meehan shows that this is only half true. The Church has faced dramatic change in the past, and Dr. Meehan argues that we should learn from that experience.”


Meehan received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto. His academic research and teaching focus on the social and educational history of the Catholic Church in Canada. His most recent research, which was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Toronto, details the life of Phillip Pocock, the seventh Archbishop of Toronto. Before coming to St. Jerome’s University, Meehan served as president of Corpus Christi/St. Mark’s College, the affiliated Catholic college of the University of British Columbia. He was appointed St. Jerome’s University’s president and vice chancellor, effective July 13, 2020, in recognition of his demonstrated success as a Catholic leader with a deeply rooted commitment to engage people from diverse backgrounds.


The Lectures in Catholic Experience have been offering the local community opportunities to engage in critical issues of our time since 1982. Scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders have been invited 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. The online lecture on April 23rd offers a unique opportunity to meet the university’s president, while learning more about the subject of Meehan’s research. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams, with a question period following.


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Visit the LCE page on the St. Jerome’s University website or click on the titles below, to find out more about upcoming Friday lectures including:
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