Annual Archbishop Fiorenza Lecture

Wednesday, Nov 02nd 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
@ St. John Vianney Activity Center - Dining Room


St. John Vianney Adult Formation

In partnership with:

Center for Faith and Culture – University of St. Thomas

Present the:

Annual Archbishop Fiorenza Lecture

Reviving a Hollow and Spiritually Toxic Culture
By: Gil Bailie

“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope….” So St. Peter admonishes the Christian disciple in his first letter, an admonition that we must take to heart, in the manner that Peter commends it to us: “but do it with gentleness and  reverence“(1 Peter 3:15a). Love, not hope, is the greatest of the theological virtues. Yet St. Thomas reminds us that hope is requisite for the sake of love, and ours is an age in which many find it difficult to hope.


Gil Bailie is dedicated to calling attention to the unique cultural, spiritual, and anthropological significance of the Judeo-Christian tradition and encouraging a deeper appreciation for the history-altering impact of Christ and his Cross and the growing challenges confronting the Christian vocation in our time. Gil, a student of René Girard, Emeritus Professor at Stanford  University and member of the French Academy, has lectured and written on the value of Girard’s anthropological insights for assessing the scope and depth of the contemporary cultural crisis and for recognizing how essential a theologically, anthropologically, and sacramentally robust faith is to the world-historical challenges we now face. Gil is a Fellow of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.


This lecture series was established in honor of the Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, who continues to be recognized as one who fosters ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will precede the lecture, 6-7 pm “on the court.”


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