Legendary Georgetown University Professor Coming to C@W Sept. 9
To Explore Why Being Different is So Important
As Catholics we know that we are different—but can we articulate how?
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, well-known Fr. James V. Schall, SJ, will share with and engage us in the knowledge of why we are Catholics and how it affects us in our daily lives.
Fr. Schall is a legendary professor at Georgetown University. Recently retired, his final lecture, “A Final Gladness,” quickly became a celebrated articulation of the meaning of Catholicism in our modern lives, and is widely quoted and re-read today. His clear articulation of Catholicism’s significance has led a number of prominent leaders and politicians to convert to Catholicism.
Every day we are blitzed by arguments, advertising and sales pitches telling us how a thing is different from all others. All too often they show little of the real differences.
Our Catholic faith is different, with essential distinctions. But can we articulate it in today’s mega-media world?
Fr. Schall reasons that knowledge defines the course people take in their lives, and that lack of knowledge about the Catholic difference inhibits commitment to actively living the values of our faith. His book, The Distinctiveness of Christianity, clearly explains the essence of the Catholic Difference.
Talking to people about the need and urgency of increasing their knowledge is always a difficult sell because people don’t know what they don’t know. Fr. Schall will wield the magical power of audience engagement from 35 years of helping college students understand how to think and how to learn. It is a unique opportunity for all members of Catholics@Work and their guests to spend a little time living the Schall classroom experience that will, from this time forward, only be remembered by thousands of Georgetown graduates.
John Dunican, president of Catholics@Work says, “after reading some of his writings it is clear to me that all who attend the September breakfast will walk away with a memory that will last a lifetime.”
Put this event on your calendar today and be sure to post it on your Facebook page so others will have the opportunity to hear this dynamic educator.
Born in Iowa, Fr. Schall moved to San Jose and attended Santa Clara University. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1948and is the author of more than 30 books, 356 essays, 660 columns including his monthly column, “Sense and Nonsense”