Faith, Hope, & Love in the Encyclicals of Francis and Benedict XVI
Mondays, April 17-May 22, 6:30PM
St. Gregory the Great Gym Building, 1609 W. Gregory St.
Led by Scott Moringiello (scholar-in-residence)
The course is designed as a primer on the thought and teaching of our most recent Roman Pontiffs as well as an introduction to the encyclical tradition. While these teachings are intended as important guides for the theological and spiritual direction of the church, they are seldom read by the faithful. This is a shame because they often contain profound reflections and penetrating insights into the Christian tradition and reinforce the relevance of perennial Christian teachings for the life of the contemporary Church.
More importantly, they bear witness to the continuity of authoritative papal teaching across generations grounded in the revelation of scripture and tradition. In Francis and Benedict, the thread of the three theological virtues–Faith, Hope, and Love–can be found woven through their encyclical letters.
April 17 Introduction, Deus Caritas Est by Pope Benedict XVI
April 24 Spe Salvi by Pope Benedict XVI
May 1 Caritas in Veritate by Pope Benedict XVI
May 8 Lumen Fidei by Pope Francis
May 16* Laudato si' by Pope Francis
May 22 Fratelli tutti by Pope Francis
*this session was originally scheduled for Monday, May 15 but has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public. Register by filling out the form below. Registrants are welcome to attend as many sessions as they are able. Contact Mark Franzen with any questions.
About our scholar-in-residence
Scott Moringiello is Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he teaches classes on Catholic theology and religion and literature. He holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, an MPhil from the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Philosophy and Classics from Williams College. His research interest include religious themes in contemporary literature and the history of biblical exegesis. He and his family are former parishioners of St. Gregory the Great.