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Lectures in Ministry

Church leaders and ministers in a variety of ministries speak about their own vocations and the challenges they see the church needing to focus on in the 21st century.

Past Lectures

Thursday, March 27, 2007 - Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder and Executive Director of Jobs For A Future / Homeboy Industries
,a Los Angeles gang-prevention program, returns to Holy Cross. Founded in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth, Jobs For A Future is a nationally-recognized center that assists previously gang-involved youth in re-directing their lives. Co-sponsored with Jesuit Heritage Week. 7:30 p.m. Mary Chapel .

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 - "Ministry and Service to those in Prison" Prison chaplains Father George Williams, S.J. and Peg Newman. Fr. Williams, founder of Jesuit Prison Ministries, Inc., is Chaplain at the MCI-Concord prison. He served for twelve years as Catholic Chaplain at Suffolk County House of Correction and Nashua Street Jail, and worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor for ex- offenders at The Bridge House. Peg Newman, an NACC (National Association of Catholic Chaplains) certified chaplain has worked in a variety of prison settings: at Bridgewater Treatment Center for Sexual Offenders, Pondville Minimum Security Prison, Old Colony Prison (maximum security) before beginning her present work at Bridgewater State Hospital, where she ministers to those considered criminally insane, incompetent to stand trial, or who are undergoing evaluations. Before she came to prison ministry she ran a school for autistic adolescents with severe behavior and communication disorders, served as the Community Leader and Director of L'Arche Irenicon, and ran residences for people with HIV/AIDS. 7:30 p.m. Rehm Library.

Monday September 11, 2006 - Sr. Helen Prejean, "The Death of Innocents and the Death Penalty"
Recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from Holy Cross in 1999, Sr. Helen is a powerful speaker and advocate against the death-penalty. She is author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States (#1 on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks), and The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions.7:00 PM, Hogan Ballroom.

Monday October 23 2006 - Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders, I.H.M., internationally regarded for her work on New Testament literature, Christian spirituality, particularly biblical spirituality, feminism, and religious life. In a talk titled "Christian Mission to the World: What are We Called to and Why" she will argue that the rootedness of mission and ministry in the Resurrection makes what Christians are up to something other than humanitarianism or basic benevolence. 7:30 p.m. Rehm Library.

Thursday, November 4, 2004 - Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, 4:00pm, Rehm Library.

Most Rev. Robert J. McManusRecently installed as fifth bishop of Worcester, Bishop McManus is a Providence native. He studied at Our Lady of Providence Seminary, The Catholic University of America, and Toronto School of Theology, and earned licentiate and doctoral degrees in theology from The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

He served in Rhode Island in parish ministry, in hospital and college chaplaincies, as Secretary for Ministerial Formation and Rector of Our Lady of Providence Seminary, and from 1999-2004 as Auxiliary Bishop of Providence.

Monday, February 14, 2005 - Bishop Barbara Harris, retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and first woman bishop in the Episcopal Church worldwide. 7:15pm, Rehm Library.

Bishop Barbara HarrisBarbara Clementine Harris was ordained to the diaconate in 1979 and ordained a priest in 1980.

She has served as priest-in-charge of St. Augustine of Hippo; chaplain to the Philadelphia County prisons; and as counsel to industrial corporations for public policy issues and social concerns.

In 1988, she was elected suffragan (assisting) bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts. One year later, she was consecrated a bishop, the first woman to be ordained to the episcopate in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Thursday, April 7, 2005 - Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., on ministering to gang members in Los Angeles, Rehm Library.

Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J.Fr. Boyle is founder and Executive Director of Jobs For A Future / Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles gang-prevention program. Founded in 1988 for at-risk and gang-involved youth, Jobs For A Future is a nationally-recognized center that assists previously gang-involved youth in re-directing their lives.

From 1986 to 1992 Fr. Boyle was pastor of Dolores Mission, the poorest church in the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. The parish is home of the largest public housing developments west of the Mississippi and the highest concentration of gang activity in the city of Los Angeles. He received an honorary doctorate from Holy Cross in 1998.

G-Dog bookFr. Boyle is subject of the book, G-Dog and the Homeboys, by Celeste Fremon (University of New Mexico Press, 2004)

November 15, 2005 - Robert Linthicum, "Community Organizing and Transformational Power." 7:00 PM, Rehm Library.Most Rev. Robert J. McManus

Linthicum is founder/director of Partners In Urban Transformation, a California-based ministry whose purpose is to call and challenge the church to engage in urban ministry in specific, concrete and practical ways; to hold the body of Christ accountable to the social vision practiced by Jesus and taught throughout the Bible; to embrace the principles and strategies of community organizing; and to bring about the empowerment of the poor to build their own destiny. Co-sponsored by LVDI, Worcester Interfaith, Chaplain's office and SPUD.