Spring 2014 

Quantum Theory, Cosmology and Ecology:  Consciousness Uniting All
Guest Lecturer, Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics; Chapman University

When:  Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 3:00-4:15 pm

Where:  St. Robert's Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

This event is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.


Feminist Bioethics and the Concept of Parenthood in the Age of Reproduction
Hille Haker, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:  Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University

This event is part of the Bioethics Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.


Film Screening:  "The Rise of Hope," Narrated by Jonathan Pryce
About the film:  Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March 2013 as the first Pope from the New World.  Taking on the name of Pope Francis he continues to be a man of utmost simplicity who took public transportation, still makes phone calls himself and who abandoned a grand Vatican's palace for a simple apartment.  His election set off an explosion of emotion with 130,000 tweets per minute when he was introduced from the balcony of St. Peter's basilica.  Political rivalries, human rights issues and an undying commitment to live the gospel and serve the poor mark his harrowing journey from a chemistry student, to being ordained priest in 1969 to his rise to archbishop, then cardinal and finally Pope at a challenging time for the Catholic Church.

The director, Francoise Nieto-Fong will be discussing her film at the end of the screening.

When:  Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 4:30-6:00 pm

Where:  LMU, Malone 112 AB

Free and no registration is required.


The Circuit: from Mother India to the Roof of the World
Photography by Hunter Joslin
Currently on display at the William H. Hannon Library through February 12, 2014

Closing reception and silent auction:  Wednesday, February 12, 7:30-9:00 pm., Hannon Libary Level 3
All proceeds from the auction of the photographs will go towards LMU graduate student scholarships.

Please RSVP at http://library.lmu.edu/about/rsvp/


Richard Rodriguez visits LMU
Join us for a conversation with one of America's leading essayists.

Hosted by Ruben Martinez and Fr. Allan Figueroa-Deck

When:  Thursday, February 20, 2014, 4:30 pm

Where:  Ahmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

Reception to follow.



Vatican II @ 50:  A Symposium - Spring Event at Mount St. Mary's College
The Church in the World and the World Church

Keynote Speaker:  Carmen Nanko-Fernandez, "The walls are sprayed in gospel": Re-Reading the Signs of the Times as Global-Local Church

Dr. Nanko-Fernandez is Director of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and the author of numerous books and articles.

Location:  Mount St. Mary's College, 12001 Chalon Rd., Los Angeles, Ca  90049, (310) 954-4250 

When:  Saturday, February 22, 2014
8:45 - 9:30 am Coffee & Registration
9:30 - 11:00 am Lecture
11:15 - 12:15 pm Breakout sessions
12:30 - 1:15 pm General discussion
1:15 pm Complimentary lunch for all participants

For more information and to register, please click here


Theological Studies Majors, Minors, Faculty and Staff Lunch
There will be lots of good food from C&O (garlic rolls!) and great conversation.  Please don't miss this opportunity to meet other Majors and Minors as well as the Theology Faculty and Staff.  Please feel free to bring friends as well, but don't forget to RSVP below so we can make sure we have enough garlic rolls (and other food of course)!  We look forward to seeing you there!

When:  Tuesday, February 25 @ Convo

Where:  Theological Studies Village, UH3700

RSVP:  To Professor Charlotte Radler by clicking here


Annual Forum for Buddhist Catholic Dialogue:  "Aspects of Conversion"

Since antiquity, the concept of conversion has been central to the very worst and very best of the world's religious traditions.  But what exactly is conversion?  What does it mean in today's pluralistic world?  In this annual forum of the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue the question of conversion and its aspects will be discussed from the perspective of these two religious communities.

Plenary Speakers:  Rev. Jim Fredericks, Ph.D. and Ven. Dr. Jongmae Kenneth Park

When:  Saturday, March 8, 2014

Where:  William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Family Room, Loyola Marymount University

This event is run through the LMU Extension Office.  For more information and to RSVP, click here


Picturing Paradise/Destellos Del Paraiso

“Picturing Paradise: Cuadros from the Peruvian Women of Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope” opens this week at the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University and runs through June 27th. The exhibition celebrates the women’s art as a force for transformation. 

The opening week features two talks and discussions, one entirely in Spanish.  The 51 fabric artworks (cuadros) of varying sizes and themes displayed on all three floors of the Library were created by women from two art cooperatives in Pamplona Alta, a shantytown on the outskirts of Lima. The exhibit focuses on the women as artists, the interconnectedness of our planet and human communities, and how the artwork reflects resilience and hope despite the harsh conditions of life.

The public opening and reception is March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Rebecca Berru Davis, (LMU Alumna ‘75), curator and scholar of the traveling exhibition, will speak about the art , the artists and her experience working with the women. She will be followed by responses from poets Sarah Maclay and Gail Wronsky, professors in the English Department.

RSVP site

The Spanish language opening and fiesta is March 16 at 5:00 pm Cecilia González-Andrieu, associate professor of Theological Studies, will lead a conversation on the significance of women’s faith and art with Monica Cabrera, associate professor of Modern Languages, Ruben Martinez, Fletcher Jones Professor of English, Fatima Fiallos of the custodial staff and some of LMU's Social Justice Scholars. 

RSVP aquí 


http://youtu.be/365JB6M9plQ  (English) 

http://youtu.be/2g4TO7d6PWE (Spanish)

Healing Moral Injury and PTSD:  Ministry to Veterans, their Families and
The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been challenging for the nation, especially for military families and their communities.  And though our soldiers have begun to return home, the majority of Americans are, unfortunately, unaware or unfamiliar with the mental and spiritual challenges many of them continue to face.  As consequence, the moral injuries of our Veterans remain unresolved.

At this public forum, an interreligious panel of military chaplains and ministers will lead a discussion on the realities of moral injury and PTSD.

When:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Where:  University Hall1000, Ahmanson Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University

This event is run through the LMU Extension Office.  For more information and to RSVP, click here 

The Euthanasia Debate:  International Perspectives
John Keown, D. Phil., Ph.D., Georgetown University

When:  April 9, 2014, 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:  Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University

This event is part of the Bioethics Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.


Say Something Theological IV:  The Undergraduates Speak

Save the date:  Saturday, April 12, 2014

More information coming soon!



Fall 2012


Thursday, September 13, 7:00 pm

Nuns on the Bus

Meet and listen to the Nuns on the Bus at the Iman Cultural Center, 3376 Motor Ave., Los Angeles 90034

 ($5 good will offering)


Friday, September 14, 9:00 am

Three Testaments Book Launch and Conversation with Brian Brown

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000


Wednesday, September 19, 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm panel

Catholic-Mormon Dialogue on Women's Ordination

Location:  Claremont Graduate University, Board of Trustees Room in Harper Hall

Thursday, September 20, Convo

THST Major/Minor Welcome Lunch

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Theological Studies Village, UH3700

RSVP to Dr. T:  tracy.tiemeier@lmu.edu


Wednesday, September 26, 3:00 pm

Info Session on LMU Graduate Programs

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, University Hall 3723 (Jennifer Scott's Office)

RSVP to Jennifer Scott:  jennifer.scott@lmu.edu

Tuesday, October 2, Convo

Info Session on Graduate Programs at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Theological Studies Village, UH3700



Monday, October 8, 6:00 pm

A Celebration of Hildegaard of Bingen . . . To be proclaimed Doctor of the Church

Location:  Loyola Marymount, Marymount Institute, University Hall


Thursday, October 11, 3:00 pm

Vatican II @ 50, The Church in the Third Millennium:  Identity and Mission

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000


Wednesday, October 17, 3:00 pm

Info Session on LMU Graduate Programs

Location:  Loyola Marymount University, University Hall 3723 (Jennifer Scott's Office)

RSVP to Jennifer Scott:  jennifer.scott@lmu.edu



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Revolutions of the Heart: 8 LMU Leaders in Service, Action, and Community Healing – A PLAY

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Murphy Hall (Reception to follow in Dunning Courtyard)

The lives of 8 members of the LMU community who have effected social change through service and action will be dramatized. These stories arise from challenged regions of the world, such as El Salvador, as well as the work these leaders do on behalf of populations such as the undocumented, homeless, trafficked, and persons in the criminal system here at home.

Come see yourself in these stories and your stories in this play…

Actors will portray and dramatize the stories of:

Franky Carillo

Lorena Chavez

Antonia Darder

Jodi Finkle

Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu

Debra Linesch

Herbert Medina

Marty Roers

directed by Judith Royer, C.S.J.

script edited by Doris Baizley, playwright

visual and sound design by Jim Holmes

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00 pm

University Hall, Roski Dining Hall, Loyola Marymount University


Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

"Why the Jews?"

Ethical, Spiritual, Historical Lessons

To RSVP and for more information, go to www.lmu.edu/kristallnacht or 310.338.1917.

 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 3:15-4:15 pm

The Cave, Sacred Heart Chapel Lower Level, Loyola Marymount University

THEOLOGY ON TAP:  Into the Desert:  Silence and Stillness in Spiritual Practice with Douglas Christie, Ph.D.

Hosted by Theological Studies, Resident Ministry, and Campus Ministry

Theology on Tap is an opportunity to explore issues that relate to the Catholic faith in a fun and casual environment. 

Dr. Christie is the author of the award winning book, The Word in the Desert, the editor of the journal, Spiritus, and teaches in the area of Christian Spirituality.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:00-6:00 pm, Admission Free

Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000

The Charles E. Casassa Chair Presents the Annual Casassa Lecture:  Latino Contributions to Vatican II Renewal

Keynote Speaker:  Timothy Matovina, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology and the Executive Director for the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame



Winter 2012-2013


January 2013

Colt Anderson Lecture
Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000
Loyola Marymount University
7:00 pm, Free Admission

Colt Anderson is the Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Studies at Fordham University.  He will speak on resources from Medieval Reforms for the Modern Clerical Abuse Crisis.


Band of Sisters, A Film by Mary Fishman:  Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, January 31, 2013, Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000
Loyola Marymount University
6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm, Screening and Discussion

The remarkable journey of catholic nuns in the United States, from daughters of the church to citizens of the world.  A documentary on woman religious after Vatican II. 

Information on Visitor Parking: http://www.lmu.edu/resources/parking.htm

Free Registration: Tracy.Tiemeier@lmu.edu


In Band of Sisters, the work of two nuns outside a Chicago-area deportation center serves as an introduction to the tumultuous and engaged world of U.S. Catholic nuns in the fifty years following Vatican II. From sheltered “daughters of the church” once swathed in medieval dress to activists on the front lines of causes for social justice, Band of Sisters follows the journey of these religious women in their work for civil rights, immigration reform, and a host of other causes. Becoming increasingly relevant and visible in aid of the poor and disenfranchised, the sisters now increasingly find themselves on a collision course with the conservative elements in their own church. (Description courtesy of the Gene Siskel Film Center.) -- http://www.bandofsistersmovie.com/about


Mary Fishman, Producer and Director of Band of Sisters

Mary Genino, RSHM, Western American Provincial Superior

Maria Lai, CSJ, Spiritual Director and Master Catechist

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (Featured in Film)


February 2013

Vatican II @ 50, The Church in the Third Millennium:  Identity and Mission
Saturday, February 16, 2013, Doheny Campus, Mount St. Mary's College
Event is free, but registration is required:  www.msmc.la.edu/vaticanII50. For information, call 213-477-2640


Richard Gaillardetz Ph.D.,
"The Enduring Promise of Vatican II:
Toward a Non-Competitive Theology of the Church"

Dr. Gaillardetz is Joseph Professor of Catholic Theology, Boston College,
and the author of many books and articles.

Darlene Kawulok CSJ, D.Min., Mount St. Mary’s College
Charlotte Radler Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University        

Break-out sessions include

Lay Ministry Since the Council:  Unanticipated and Unfinished,”
Michael Horan Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University 

Vatican II: Problem or Grace?,”
Rev. Guillermo Garcia Ph.D., Mount St. Mary’s College

Women as Pillars and Prophets in the Church,”
Cambria Smith M.A., Parish Life Director, Holy Family Parish 

Leadership in the U.S. Roman Catholic Church: Bishops and Parish Life Coordinators 1987-2010
Katie Hoegeman CSJ, Ph.D., Mount St. Mary’s College      

8:30: Coffee & registration; 9:00-1:15: Sessions; Lunch for all.


THST Majors/Minors Lunch
Thursday, February 21, 2013  
Theological Studies Village

Come join other THST majors/minors and faculty for lunch in The Village!
Please RSVP to Professor Charlotte Radler, Undergraduate Director for THST:  RSVP