Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies welcomes eminent theologian

An eminent theologian will visit Mercyhurst College in October to deliver the inaugural lecture sponsored by the college’s new Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies.

Terrence W. Tilley, Ph.D., will address “The Liberal Arts, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Search for Truth” on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall of the Hirt Academic Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Tilley is the Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Professor of Catholic Theology and chair of the Department of Theology at Fordham University. He earned his doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, in 1976.

President of the Catholic Theological Society of America in 2008-09, Tilley is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning “Inventing Catholic Tradition and History, Theology and Faith.” His most recent work is “Faith: What It Is and What It Isn't,” published this year by Orbis Books. He describes Faith as “an exercise in learning how to see our faiths clearly so we can figure out how we can live well together in a world in which faith unites and divides us.”

Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, a longtime faculty member in Mercyhurst’s Department of Religious Studies, was appointed recently as the first Endowed Chair of Mercy and Catholic Studies. Snyder says Tilley’s talk is the first in a series of annual lectures that will explore the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

In addition, the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies will highlight the five critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy: the economically poor, especially women and children; immigrants; the environment; racism and nonviolence.

For more information about the Oct. 7 lecture or about the Center for Mercy and Catholic Studies, contact Snyder at 824-3105.
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