Larry Chapp – The Environmentalism of Pope Francis in Laudato Si

Join the Center for Integral Ecology for Larry Chapp’s lecture, “The Environmentalism of Pope Francis in Laudato Si.” The lecture will be held in McAllister Board Room, 4th Floor, Ferrell Academic Center at 4 pm on April 20, 2023.

Tricia Worrell – Defending the Dignity of the Innocent…and the Guilty

Tricia Worrell is a longtime champion of the dignity of the human person: she started the Respect Life club at her college and later worked as the Student Coordinator for Grand Rapids Right to Life. Her prolife work continued and expanded when, about fifteen years ago, she saw a job opening with her diocese’s Prison and Jail Ministry and heard God asking her, “You’ve worked with the dignity of the innocent… what about those who have done grievous things?” Join us as Ms. Worrell speaks about her current role as Director of Prison and Jail Ministry for the Diocese of Grand Rapids and how this ministry, restorative justice, and advocacy to end the death penalty play a key part in building a culture of life. Her presentation is co-sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and by Ray ’67 and Mary (Milleret) ’70 Ring and is organized in coordination with the Benedictine College Center for Service-Learning. Email for more information. For promotional materials, click here.

V. Bradley Lewis – The Common Good, the Liberal State, and the Church

Join the Philosophy Department for the annual Justin Martyr Lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Liberty. V. Bradley Lewis is Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He specializes in political and legal philosophy, especially in classical Greek political thought and in the theory of natural law. He is currently working on a book project provisionally titled “The Common Good and the Modern State.” He is also a fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology and serves as associate editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. The lecture will be at 4 pm in the McAllister Board Room on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Unable to join us? Watch the lecture here on our Benedictine College Lectures channel on YouTube.

Enzo Selvaggi – Beautiful Craft, Beautiful Churches: Sculpture, Iconography, and Mosaic

The Center for Beauty and Culture and the Angelico Fellows invite you to hear from noted liturgical designer Enzo Selvaggi on the importance of liturgical craft in designing and renovating Catholic churches today. Mr. Selvaggi will discuss the critical theological and artistic role that sculpture, iconography and mosaic play in church buildings, and draw from his experience working with artists and craftspeople around the world.

Unable to join us in person? Watch the livestream here on the Benedictine College Lectures YouTube channel.

John Canning & Co. on Authentic Church Restoration

Join us for a presentation by representatives from John Canning & Co.

John Canning & Co. is a decorative painting and ornamental plastering company based in Connecticut. The company focuses on historic preservation as well as the new design of period interiors across the United States. Canning Liturgical Arts is a branch of the company devoted to church restoration and beautification. The lecture will discuss how the different decorative trades, from gilding and stenciling to running moulds and plaster casts, come together to restore beauty to a historic interior. Canning continues to utilize traditional methods of the trade and pass on trade techniques through apprenticeships. Beginning with the preliminary design and research phase to the completed project, it is the role of the craftsman to bring the ideas of the architect and client into being. In addition to illustrating the design and restoration process, Canning will walk through the relationship of the decorative arts to architecture as well as introduce the many skilled craftsmen capable of bringing a watercolor rendering to life.

The presentation will be March 16 at 7:30 pm in McAllister Board Room, Fourth Floor, Ferrell Academic Center. Unable to join? Tune in on our Benedictine College Lectures YouTube channel.

Adam Bartlett – Music, Liturgy, and the Church’s Journey from Source to Summit

Join the Center for Beauty and Culture for a lecture by composer and entrepreneur, Adam Bartlett. Mr. Bartlett is the founder and CEO of Source & Summit, a company which provides both print and electronic resources to parishes to elevate their liturgy through the art of Sacred Music. His lecture will be on March 30 at 7:00pm in the McAllister Boardroom, on the Fourth Floor of Ferrell Academic Center. If you’re unable to join in person, you can watch the lecture on our YouTube channel.

The Church exalts sacred music as being greater than any other art since it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. What is meant to be an essential element of the sacrament of unity has often become instead a source of division, confusion, and contention in our times—to the detriment of the glory of God, the sanctification of the Church, and the evangelization of the world. This talk will explore how the music of the liturgy is set apart from other kinds of music that serve different purposes within the different realms of the Church’s life, and how they all can work together to facilitate the Church’s movement from the liturgy as the source, back to the liturgy as the summit of the whole of the Church’s mission in the world.

Ross Douthat – Hard Choices: Christian Politics in a De-Christianizing Society

Join the Center for Constitutional Liberty as they host New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. Mr. Douthat is an opinion columnist who writes on politics, religion, moral values, and higher education, and has also published several books including The Decadent Society and To Change the Church. He will give “Hard Choices: Christian Politics in a De-Christianizing Society” on February 16th at 5:00pm in the McAllister Boardroom, on the Fourth Floor of the Ferrell Academic Center. This lecture is made possible through the generous support of the Jack Miller Center.

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Unable to join us in person? Watch the lecture on our Lectures YouTube channel.

Henry Wingate – Why Classical Painting Matters Today

Join the Center for Beauty and Culture as they host artist Henry Wingate. Mr. Wingate will be giving a presentation on his work and his artistry. The presentation and drawing demonstration will be held on November 10 at 7:00 PM in the McAllister Boardroom, Fourth Floor, Ferrell Academic Center. Unable to join in person? Watch his lecture here.

Screening of “The Hong Konger”

THE HONG KONGER is a documentary by the Acton Institute. When Hong Kong’s basic freedoms come under attack, media tycoon Jimmy Lai finds himself in the crosshairs of the state and must choose between defending Hong Kong’s long-standing liberties, or his own freedom. Jimmy’s story is one that cannot die in a prison cell—it is one that must reignite a persistent movement to defend the cause of freedom for Hong Kongers, for China as a whole, and humanity everywhere. Learn more at

Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Film will begin around 7:45 p.m. and will be followed by discussion and Q & A.
Venue: O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, St. John Paul II Student Center
Discussion: Ed Chin, a former columnist for Apple Daily and outspoken supporter of Jimmy Lai and Hong Kong’s political prisoners, will lead a discussion and Q&A about the film.

Michael Zuckert Lecture on Lincoln and the Kansas-Nebraska Act

Join the Center for Constitutional Liberty for a lecture by political theorist and Constitutional scholar Michael Zuckert about Abraham Lincoln and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The lecture will be on Tuesday, November 29 at 4:00 pm in Gangel Seminar Room, Third Floor, Ferrell Academic Center. Watch the recording here.