Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.” Read more by visting his website here.



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Father Bacik's Most Recent Books

"Church Matters: Bacik Reflections"

This book contains essays written over the last decade that deal with church issues under three major headings. Part One, The Baptized: Laity and Clergy, has articles on Developing a Catholic Identity, Family Life and Christian Virtues, and Catholics Voting for Pro-Choice Candidates; Part Two, Influential Leaders, treats the great missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict and the truly amazing impact of Pope Francis; Part Three, The Church at Worship, features meditations on Christmas and Easter. Each of the thirty-four essays can be read independently for personal study and reflection. Taken together, they provide broad perspectives for reflecting on contemporary church life.

"Humble Confidence"

Humble Confidence provides summaries of Karl Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to critics who claim that Rahner is passé by emphasizing the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the gospel. 

Father Jim Bacik Lectures


Presenting the 2018 Father James Bacik Easter Lecture Series

“The Easter season of joy deserves as much attention as the Lenten season of penance.”

Join theologian Father James Bacik in examining the Acts of the Apostles for guidance on dealing with contemporary issues.

Thursdays, April 5, 12 and 19, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center 


Thursday, April 5: The Jerusalem Church: Guidance for a more fruitful pluralism.

We will examine: the divide between conservative and progressive Catholics today; the division between the Hebrews, led by James, and the Hellenists, led by Stephen, in the early church (Acts 6:1-6); the unifying role of the Twelve; Pope Francis and the reform of the Curia.

Thursday, April 12: The Council of Jerusalem: Guidance for more inclusive communities.

We will examine: the new tribalism and the temptation to demonize those who are different; the role of Peter and Paul in admitting Gentiles into the Church; the decision of the Council of Jerusalem; promoting a more inclusive Tribalism today.

Thursday, April 19: Pentecost: Guidance for improving communications.

We will examine: the breakdown in communications today; Pentecost as a reversal of Babel; the importance of passing over to the viewpoint of others.

Tickets: $25 for the whole Easter season series.

$10 with pre-registration or $15 at the door; Clergy and Students attend free.

Register at www.sylvaniafranciscanvillage.org.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Reiter at ereiter@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515.

Thursday, May 31: Sixth Annual Karl Rahner Lecture

Guest Speaker: Mary Catherine Helkert, O.P.


Thursday, July 12

Thursday, August 9

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, October 11

Thursday, November 8


Lecture topics TBA.

Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Franciscan Center

$10 Pre-registered; $15 at the door

Click here for a secure link to register, or pre-register by calling  Elizabeth Reiter at 419-824-3515 or emailing ereiter@sistersosf.org