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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.

 

   

Father Bacik's Most Recent Books

"Pope Francis and Campus Ministry: A Dialogue"

Pope Francis and Campus Ministry sets up a dialogue between Pope Francis and the history of Catholic campus ministry over the last three decades since the publication of the bishops’ pastoral letter Empowered by the Spirit. It includes articles that the author has written on campus ministry during that period, preceded by a brief explanation of the context of the article and followed by specific ways Pope Francis would guide campus ministry into the future.



"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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

Fr. Bacik is beginning a new lecture series focused on bridging the various divisions that threaten our society today by retrieving relevant insights from the Christian tradition. The lectures will deal with various divides, including gender, religion, politics, economics and race.

Thursday, October 11: Bridging the Political Divide: Christian Perspectives

Drawing on Catholic social teaching and the example of the late Senator John McCain, Fr. Jim Bacik will offer suggestions for bridging the partisan divide between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats, and Trump loyalists and Trump critics.

Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 and leave a message with your name and the number of tickets requested. Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Thursday, November 8: Bridging the Economic Divide: Christian Perspectives

Thursday, December 13: Advent Reflection

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

$10 Pre-registered; $15 at the door

 

Pre-register by calling Laurie Bertke at 419-824-3515 or emailing lbertke@sistersosf.org. Please include your name, the number of tickets and the date of the lecture.