'Catholic Social Thought: Recent Contributions by Pope Benedict'

Father James Bacik Featured Speaker of Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics March 17

One of North America’s most insightful theologians is the featured speaker at the 9th annual Chiodini/Fontana Lecture Series on Ethics, scheduled for March 17 at Siena Heights University.


Father James Bacik, pastor of Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo, Ohio, will speak on the topic: “Catholic Social Thought: Recent Contributions by Pope Benedict” at 7:30 p.m. in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel on the SHU campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Father-James-Bacik.jpg


Father Bacik is the author of eight books and numerous articles on theology, campus ministry and his pastoral work. In 1995, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association awarded Father Bacik the prestigious Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Award, “in recognition of his extraordinary support for campus ministry through his writing, teaching, creative programming and unwavering dedication.”

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Toledo in 1962. As pastor of Corpus Christi, he also is a campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Toledo. Father Bacik holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. He previously taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati and was a campus minister at Bowling Green State University.

Recognized for his leadership on both the local and national levels, Siena Heights University bestowed the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon Father Bacik in 1996.

One of Father Bacik’s most recent undertakings has been the development of the Christian Leadership Program at Corpus Christi. CLP has garnered national recognition from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for its ability to develop leaders for the future of Church and society.

Named in memory of Emilio Chiodini and Mildred Fontana, parents of Siena Heights friend Catherine Reuther, the lecture series was established to give students and the community an opportunity to reflect on matters of moral significance affecting today’s society. The series explores theoretical issues in ethics, current issues of moral importance and the nature and meaning of Catholic identity.


For more information, contact 517-264-7141 or email dgoodnou@sienaheights.edu.

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