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Marilyn Caird
Events and Communications Project Manager
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Since 1982, St. Jerome’s University has offered Lectures in Catholic Experience to our local community, providing opportunities for us to engage with the critical issues of our time. We have invited scholars, activists, experts, and religious leaders to address subjects in the areas of religion and politics, spirituality, health care, international relations and human rights, ecological responsibility, religious pluralism, ecumenism, interfaith dialogue, religion and the media, and others.


These complimentary public lectures take place at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays scheduled throughout the year. Attendees are invited to join us for pre-lecture refreshments in the Academic Centre Atrium, before heading into the 285-seat accessible Vanstone Lecture Hall. Registration online in advance of each lecture is helpful for our hospitality planning, but tickets are not required at the door. Everyone is welcome!

We look forward to the 2019-2020 series and hope that you will join us!

Dr. David Seljak
Lectures in Catholic Experience Coordinator

All lectures at St. Jerome’s University are provided on a complimentary basis.
Please register in advance to assist us with hospitality planning and to ensure that we can contact you in the event of an unexpected lecture cancellation. You will not be required to show your ticket at the door.

To register for any of the lectures in the 2019-2020 Lectures in Catholic Experience Series please click on the event date noted below:


October 18, 2019 - Gender: But that is what the church has always taught! - Myroslaw Tataryn
November 15, 2019 - The Paradox of Pleasure: Jean Vanier and the Growth of L'Arche - Carolyn Whitney-Brown
January 24, 2020 - You've Come A Long Way Baby! Or Have You? - Sheila Ager
February 14, 2020 - The God Beat: Writing about Religion in the 21st Century - Michael Enright
April 17, 2020 - Religion and Nationalism Refuse to Die: So Now What? - David Seljak

SPECIAL EVENT - March 6, 2020 - Encountering the Mystical Imagination - Norm Klassen/Chad Wriglesworth

The Lectures in Catholic Experience take place in the Vanstone Lecture Hall, Academic Centre (SJ2), located at St. Jerome's University. Click here for detailed location and map information.



Complimentary parking is available in Lots A and B at St. Jerome’s University. Pay for parking is also available within walking distance of the Academic Centre.




Thank you to the individuals and organizations that make the Lectures in Catholic Experience series possible each year. We are grateful for your support and in particular acknowledge the ongoing commitment of the following:


            Congregation of the Resurrection
            Family and Friends of Laurence A. Cummings
            Family and Friends of Ken Devlin
            Family and Friends of John Sweeney
            Family and Friends of John J. Wintermeyer
            Friends of Michael W. Higgins
            Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters)
            Jesuits of Canada
            Patrons of the Lectures in Catholic Experience
            Scarboro Missions
            Spalding Family
            Waterloo Catholic District School Board


If you would like to join our mailing list to receive a hard copy of the Lectures in Catholic Experience brochure when published OR to receive email notifications of upcoming lectures in this series, please email Please include "LCE Mailing List" in the subject line of your email.


An electronic copy of the series brochure will be posted on this web page when available.