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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.

 

 

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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:

Thursday, May 31, 5:30-7 p.m.: Sixth Annual Karl Rahner Lecture in Honor of Father Jim Bacik

"Ordinary Grace: Human Life as Sacramental"

Karl Rahner is noted for speaking of “ordinary mysticism” as well as his insight on the experience of grace that can be discovered in every aspect of human life. Guest lecturer Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., draws on that insight by using the work of poets and saints to explore what it means to speak of ordinary human life as sacramental.

Tickets $10 with pre-registration or $15 at the door; Clergy and students attend free. Purchase tickets online or contact Laurie Bertke at lbertke@sistersosf.org or 419-824-3515 to pre-register. 

REGISTER HERE

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Thursday, July 12:
 Pope Francis and His Critics on Clergy Sex Abuse 

 An examination of the way Pope Francis has handled the scandal he inherited: his initial efforts blocked by the Curia; his misreading of the situation in Chile; his apology to victims; and his efforts to hold bishops accountable.

Thursday, August 9

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, October 11

Thursday, November 8

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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 Laurie Bertke at 419-824-3515 or emailing lbertke@sistersosf.org.