Faith & Reason Symposium Oct. 19 at SHU
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Doug

Siena Heights University is hosting a “Faith & Reason Symposium” Oct. 19 on the Adrian campus.

Dr. Peter Feldmeier, the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo, will deliver the keynote address titled “The Assurance of God: A Response to Atheism and a Reason for Faith.” He is published widely in Christian spirituality, comparative theology and Buddhist-Christian dialogue. Named the 2010 Aquinas Scholars Professor of the Year, Feldmeier has recently published “Encounters in Faith: Christianity in Interreligious Dialogue” and “The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada,” with Leo Lefebure, which won the Frederick Streng Award for excellence in Buddhist-Christian Studies.

Bishop of Lansing the Most Reverend Earl Boyea is also scheduled to attend the symposium, which is open to the community, particularly Catholic college and university students, faculty and staff members. Registration begins at 9 a.m. in St. Dominic Chapel. Bishop Boyea will also preside over Mass at the close of the symposium at 4 p.m.

There are four breakout sessions scheduled on topics such as “Faith and Science: Strangers, Adversaries or Allies?” and “The Pious Scientist: Micromarvels and the Cosmos as Revelation.”

Cost for attendees who pre-register is $10 per person, and includes lunch. Pre-registration early bird deadline is Oct. 15. The cost after Oct. 15 will be $15 per person.


9 a.m.: Registration, St. Dominic Chapel (hospitality in Adrian Room)
9:30 a.m.: Welcome by SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD,
                  and Bishop of Lansing the Most Rev. Earl Boyea
9:50 a.m.: Prayer
10:05: a.m. Introduction of keynote speaker by Dr. Joseph Raab 
10:10 a.m.: Keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Feldmeier
11 a.m.: Question-and-Answer session
11:30 a.m.: Lunch in McLaughlin University Center
1 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
2:15 p.m.: Breakout Sessions
3:30 p.m.: Recollection and Reflection
4 p.m.: Mass with Bishop Earl Boyea, St. Dominic Chapel

For more information or questions regarding the symposium, please contact Tom Puszczewicz at 517-264-7192 or