Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR — Athletic Commissioning Homily

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his homily at the annual Athletic Commissioning Mass. The Mass is offered up for all of the athletes, coaches, and support staff that participate in Franciscan University’s NCAA Division III athletic programs.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Why Attachment Theory?

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, explains the importance of Attachment Theory in this excerpt from the 1st half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Curtis Martin — What is the New Evangelization?

Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, talks about the New Evangelization in this excerpt from his talk entitled “New Leaders for the New Evangelization” at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Curtis Martin’s appearance was part of the Spring 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Dr. John Crosby — The Universality of Incarnational Humanism

Dr. John Crosby, Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses the universality of incarnational humanism in this excerpt from his talk entitled “The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II” delivered at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Watch the full talk here: The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II.

Dr. Christopher Kaczor — Arguments for the Protection of Conscience

Dr. Christopher Kaczor, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, discusses reasons that conscience protections need to be codified.  Dr. Kaczor is the author of several books, including “The Seven Big Myths About the Catholic Church” and “The Ethics of Abortion.”

Watch the full talk here: Defending Rights of Conscience for Healthcare Workers.

Dr. Philip Sutton — Current Mainstream Misconceptions of People with Same-Sex Attraction

Dr. Philip Sutton, a practicing psychologist, debunks some popular misconceptions about same-sex attraction in this excerpt from his talk “Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.”

Watch the full talk here: Offering Compassionate Professional Care to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction.

Dr. John Rist — The Role of Plato in the Academy

Dr. John Rist, the Fr. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., Chair of Philosophy at Catholic University of America, discusses Plato’s Academy in this excerpt from his talk “The Perennial Importance of Plato”.  Dr. Rist’s talk was part of the Annual Edith Stein Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Watch the full talk here: The Perennial Importance of Plato.

Chris Stefanick — The Meaning of Life

Chris Stefanick, author of Absolute Relativism, details why relativism fails to give life any meaning.

Watch the full talk here: Absolute Relativism: The New Dictatorship and What to Do About It.

Dr. Glenn Olsen — Christopher Dawson: The Catholic Church

Dr. Glenn Olsen, professor of history at the University of Utah, discusses 20th-century historian Christopher Dawson’s Catholic roots in this excerpt from his talk “Christopher Dawson’s Christian View of History”.

Watch the full talk here: Christopher Dawson’s Christian View of History.

Lila Rose — The Greatest Destroyer of Peace

Lila Rose, Founder and President of Live Action, quotes Mother Teresa and goes on to describe some of the findings of her organization’s research into abortion.

Watch the full talk here: What Do You Know about Abortion and Eugenics?

Dr. Ralph Martin — The Mission of the New Evangelization

Dr. Ralph Martin, Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, speaks about “The Mission of the New Evangelization” at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: Why Evangelize?  Does It Really Matter?

Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R. — Opening of Semester Homily, Spring 2013

Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers a homily during the Opening Mass of the Spring 2013 semester. He calls on young people to have courage, and to stand up for their faith.

The Honorable R. James Nicholson — 2013 Commencement Address

The Honorable R. James Nicholson, former secretary of Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, delivers the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Address.  Mr. Nicholson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

The Honorable R. James Nicholson — 2013 Commencement Address

The Honorable R. James Nicholson, former secretary of Veterans Affairs and a former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, delivers the 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Address.  Mr. Nicholson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Colleen Carroll Campbell — 2013 Graduate Commencement Address

Colleen Carroll Campbell, author, EWTN anchor, and presidential speech writer, delivers the 2013 Graduate Commencement Address at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Ms. Campbell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Communications.

Dr. Jonathan Sanford — Principles and Actualities

Dr. Jonathan Sanford, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, distinguishes between that which a thing is and that which a thing does in this excerpt from his talk “Aristotle and Evil”.

Watch the full talk here: Aristotle and Evil.

Dino Marcantonio — What Separates “Architectures” from “Buildings”

Dino Marcantonio, architect and co-founder of the Catholic Artists Society speaks to Franciscan University students in this excerpt from his talk entitled “In the Image and Likeness of God the Artist,” as part of the Fine Arts Society’s John Paul the Great Fine Arts Lecture Series.

Watch the full talk here: In the Image and Likeness of God the Artist.

Patrick McCaskey — Life and Career

Patrick McCaskey, Co-Owner of the Chicago Bears and Chairman of Sports Faith International, shares anecdotes from his life and career.

Watch the full talk here: Sports and Faith.

Dr. Richard Sherlock — Two Fundamental Ideas of Mormonism

Dr. Richard Sherlock, Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University and a convert from Mormonism to Catholicism, discusses the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Watch the full talk here: Mormonism and the Catholic Tradition: A Catholic Assessment of Mormonism.

Curtis Mitch — An Overview of the Four Marks of the Church

An overview of the four marks of the Church given by Curtis Mitch, Research Fellow and Trustee at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, in an excerpt from his talk on “One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Four Marks of the Church in Ephesians” at the 2012 Applied Biblical Studies Conference here on campus in Steubenville, Ohio.

Watch the full talk here: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Four Marks of the Church in Ephesians

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC — The Message of Divine Mercy

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, discusses Divine Mercy. This is an excerpt from a talk Father Gaitley gave on campus on January 22, 2013, titled “Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told.”

Watch the full talk here: Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Steve Ray — Evangelizing in a Pagan World

Steve Ray, author and speaker, addresses Franciscan University students as part of the Year of Faith Lecture Series. This excerpt comes from his talk titled “How Catholics Can Re-Evangelize the World.”

Watch the full talk here: How Catholics Can Re-Evangelize the World

Richard Doerflinger — The Sweeping Consequences of the Contraceptive Mandate

Richard Doerflinger, associate director of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, came to Franciscan University to speak on “Freedom for me but not for Thee: How ‘Reproductive Rights’ is Threatening Freedom of Religion,” on October 24, 2012. This excerpt is on the sweeping consequences of the HHS contraceptives mandate. Doerflinger’s talk was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Reagan’s Fight for Life

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on President Ronald Reagan and his efforts in the defense of life.  His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope.

Andreas Widmer — Use All Your Crayons: Lessons for Leaders

Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and author of “The Pope and the CEO,” speaks at Franciscan University on leadership secrets he learned from Pope John Paul II. His talk, given on November 10, 2011, was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Swiss Guard.

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. — Building an Arts Program in the Benedictine Tradition

Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville on “Jesus the Actor.” This is an excerpt of her talk given on March 2, 2012, as a part of the 2012 installment of the John Paul the Great Fine Arts Lecture Series.

Watch the full talk here: Jesus the Actor: Theatre and Benedictine Spirituality.

Dr. John Finnis — Radical Capacities: A Litmus Test for Humanity

A clip from “Equality and the Life Issues: A Scorecard” by Dr. John Finnis, Professor of Law at University College at Oxford and University of Notre Dame, given at Bioethics Conference sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville on March 26th, 2011.

Dr. Michael Barber — Keys, Pits, and Binding: Old Testament Imagery in Revelation

A clip from “Millennium: Unlocking the Book of Revelation” by Dr. Michael Barber, Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University, given at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in July 2010.

PODCAST: Download a podcast of the full talk here.

Jeff Cavins — “Offer it Up”: Opportunities to Grow in Holiness

Jeff Cavins, author and creator of EWTN’s Life on the Rock, spoke to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Applied Biblical Studies Conference “Unveiling the Mystery: The Book of Revelation.”  In this talk, “Redemptive Suffering”, Cavins addresses the problem of pain, speaking from personal experience and the wisdom of the Scriptures, popes, and saints.  He explains the mysterious gift given to Christians: we are permitted to suffer alongside Jesus as a witness and martyr. “What is lacking in the suffering of Jesus?” asks Cavins.  “Nothing.  But you are allowed to participate…Many of us are missing the opportunity for the Passion in our own lives, and it doesn’t become salvific.”

Dr. Benjamin Wiker — Four Proofs of a Designed Universe

Dr. Benjamin Wiker,  senior fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, speaks on “Can Science Demonstrate the Existence of God? What’s a Catholic to Think?”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Mr. Mark Ryland — Three Case Studies in Design Theory

Mr. Mark Ryland, president and senior fellow, Institute for the Study of Nature, speaks on “A Response to: Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Jay W. Richards — Three Signs of Design from Physics & Astronomy

Dr. Jay W. Richards, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on“Signs of Design: from Physics and Astronomy”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Alvin Plantinga — Refuting Naturalism by Citing our own Consciousness

Dr. Alvin Plantinga, professor emeritus, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, speaks on “Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Daniel Kuebler — Darwinist Philosophy can’t survive in a world of Darwinian Science

Dr. Daniel Kuebler, professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “A Response to: The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”

Dr. Michael Behe — Random: A Carefully Selected Word

Dr. Michael Behe, senior fellow, Discovery Institute Center for Science and Culture, speaks on “The Modern Scientific Theory of Intelligent Design”, a presentation from Franciscan University’s 2012 Science and Faith Conference: “Can Science Inform Our Understanding of God?”.

Dr. John Bergsma — Marital Imagery throughout Scripture

Dr. John Bergsma, biblical scholar and professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “The Mass as Marriage Supper: Square Brides and Sheepish Grooms in Scripture” at the Supper of the Lamb: Mass as Heaven on Earth Conference held at Franciscan University of Steubenville in October, 2011.

Dr. John Crosby — Primordial Religious Knowledge: What it IS

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivered a lecture during the spring 2011 semester on “Newman’s Personalist Way to God Through Conscience” at Franciscan University. It was the fifth in a series of five lectures by Dr. Crosby on “The Christian Personalism of Blessed John Henry Newman.”  In this talk, Dr. Crosby pursues Blessed Cardinal Newman’s discussion of a primordial, existential knowledge of God, “religious knowledge that involves a real apprehension of God.”  He discusses Newman’s distinction between the theological intellect and the religious imagination, compares Freud’s account of conscience with Newman’s, and points towards a synthetic understanding of the human person’s approach to God.

Informal Inference: Where Reason Meets Personhood

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivered a lecture during the spring 2011 semester on “Newman on the Personal Exercise of Reason” at Franciscan University. It was the fourth in a series of five lectures by Dr. Crosby on “The Christian Personalism of Blessed John Henry Newman.”  In this lecture, Dr. Crosby discusses Newman’s distinction between formal and informal logic, between narrowly defined terms inserted into nearly mathematical syllogisms and encountering truth in the full organic complexity of thought and reality.

Personal Encounter with God

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivered a lecture during the spring 2011 semester on “The Human Person as a World of His Own” at Franciscan University. It was the second in a series of five lectures by Dr. Crosby on “The Christian Personalism of Blessed John Henry Newman.”  In this lecture, Dr. Crosby discusses Newman’s understanding of the human person.  Citing a “really memorable expression of Newman’s,” Crosby says, “[The human person] has a depth within him unfathomable, an infinite abyss of existence, and the social scene in which he bears part is but for the moment, like a gleam of sunshine upon its surface…Newman proceeds to say that only in relation with God can all the affections of which we are capable awaken, even though this encounter with God is in the darkness of faith…if we only lived in relation to finite beings, we would never know how vast our heart is, nor suspect the infinite abyss of existence in it.”  We come to discover in ourselves a capax dei, a capacity for God, and so an infinity in our hearts.

It’s Personal: The Difference Between Notional and Real Apprehension

Dr. John Crosby, professor of philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivered a lecture during the spring 2011 semester on “Personalist Spirit of Newman’s Thought” at Franciscan University. It was the first in a series of five lectures by Dr. Crosby on “The Christian Personalism of Blessed John Henry Newman.”  In this inaugural lecture, Dr. Crosby identifies the major markers of the personalist school of thought and situates Blessed Newman in the personalist philosophical tradition.  “[Newman] engages us personally by his special gift of awakening in us real apprehension,” said Dr. Crosby, a real apprehension which “touched to life” the truths of the faith in the minds and hearts of his hearers once again.

There are 3 Types of Success, But Only One Matters

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, received an honorary doctorate at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Undergraduate Commencement.  Father Cantalamessa calls the graduating class of 2011 on to true greatness: holiness.  He explains that the opposite of sanctity is not sin, but failure to reach for sanctity, pointing out that the saints have all transformed the world by first permitting God to transform them.  “Only with Jesus is there real joy in life.”

Refuting the P.H.O.N.E.Y.S

Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of Philosophy, Boston College, The King’s College, speaking on “How to Win the Culture War: A Christian Battle Plan for a Society in Crisis”, a presentation given on November 17, 2011 for Franciscan University’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: How to Win the Culture War: A Christian Battle Plan for a Society in Crisis.

Catholic Social Teaching: What it IS, and What it is NOT

Fr. Robert Sirico, president, the Acton Institute, spoke on “Catholic Social Teaching: Developments, Insights, and Boundaries”, a presentation given on September 15, 2011 for Franciscan University’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Catholic Social Teaching: Developments, Insights, and Boundaries.

Columns: Pillars of Truth

Dr. Denis McNamara, assistant director, The Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake, speaks on “New Heaven and New Earth: Church Architecture as Sacramental Participation in the Heavenly Banquet”, a presentation given at the Supper of the Lamb: Mass as Heaven on Earth Conference held at Franciscan University of Steubenville in October, 2011.

Watch the full talk here: New Heaven & New Earth: Church Architecture as Sacramental Participation in the Heavenly Banquet.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The Eucharist: Sacrifice and Banquet

Dr. Scott Hahn, the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks on “Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars”, a presentation given at the Supper of the Lamb: Mass as Heaven on Earth Conference held at Franciscan University of Steubenville in October, 2011.

Watch the full talk here: Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars.

Living Chastity in Today’s World

Kimberly Hahn, popular speaker and author of many books, gave the closing keynote talk entitled “Knowing God’s Will, Transforming Your Mind” at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2010 Defending the Faith Conference “Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind.”  In her talk, Kimberly exhorted the audience to embrace the path to holiness and give themselves entirely over to Jesus Christ.  “What has Jesus withheld from you?  Nothing,” she said.  “And he asks the same in return.  We are to give all of ourselves to him…Don’t be conformed to this world.  We don’t even know the ways we are conformed to this world!  We don’t even know the ways in which we are influenced!…How do we even begin to change the way we think if we are immersed in our own culture?  That comes from the transformation of our minds.”

PODCAST: Download a podcast of the full talk here.

Early Career and Married Life

Dion “The Wanderer” DiMucci, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and creator of such classic hits as “The Wanderer”, and “Runaround Sue,” delivered his testimony at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Defending the Faith Conference “Ambassadors for Christ.”  He talks about the long road from early, immense success as a singer/songwriter to his descent into a hell of drug addiction.  Then his wife went for help.  Now, after over 40 years of sobriety, Dion knows and loves the Catholic faith of his childhood, thanking Jesus for his miraculous recovery.  “Millions of people hate the Catholic Church, but they don’t really know what it teaches,” said DiMucci, author of Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth. “I didn’t know. I had no idea how beautiful it was. It’s so different standing in the center of it, looking out than being on the outside cursing it and kicking at it and yelling at it. I thought I was so smart! I was in this meeting once, and I said, ‘I was anti-Catholic,’ and this one guy says, ‘Ooh! I was never that smart!’…I walked right into the confessional,” DiMucci continued, “and Father Joe was there, and I’m so used to the 12-step way of looking people in the eye that I just walked in. I said, ‘Father, do you know, I thought I loved the Lord—I do love the Lord. I’ve been anti-Catholic and really in rebellion with the Body of Christ,’ and he’s like, ‘Ah, thank God. Stand up kid.’ He gives me a hug and says, ‘Welcome home!'”  He shares his journey (and a little taste of his music) with his brothers and sisters in Christ.

The Varied Legacy of John Paul II

George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the two-part biography of Blessed John Paul II Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, spoke on “The Achievement of John Paul II–A Retrospective” at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speaker series in spring semester 2011.  In this talk, Weigel examines the massive legacy of Pope John Paul II and highlights ten major contributions made by the late Holy Father to the Church and to the world.  “The papacy was not a role John Paul II sought,” said Weigel, “but it is a role he fulfilled in a striking way for 26 and a half years and fulfilled as a continuation, as an expression of the defining commitment of his life, which was to be a Christian disciple.”

Some Notes on Mozart’s Requiem

Maestro Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, gave the 2011 John Paul the Great Fine Arts lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, “The Courage to Pray.”  In this well-received lecture, he spoke of his work with the Orchestra, his marriage and family life, and the intersection of faith and culture.  “I try to communicate my faith and what it means to me through the music I conduct,” he said.   “My relationship with God is the same as my relationship with a close friend. If you want to have a close relationship with a friend, then you call them, every day.  The more you speak with your friend, the more you know them.  It is the same with God…If you break the connection between yourself and God, you will lose your values.”  Honeck often encounters surprise that he has time to pray amidst the demands of his career, but said he tells people, “I clean my teeth every day, so why not my soul?”

How Re-Defining Marriage Harms Society

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president of the Ruth Institute, spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. In her talk, Same-Sex Marriage: Why Not?”,  she explained that “Children are ordinarily entitled to a relationship with both of their parents… This is justice for the child.  And every child has a legitimate interest in the stability of their parents’ union…The stability of the parents’ union is the ordinary way for the child to have a relationship with both of them.”  Said Dr. Morse, “Marriage is adult society’s proactive way of protecting the legitimate interests of children, interests which children cannot protect on their own.”

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