The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century

The series honors the Most Reverend John McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1985 to 2001, and underscores the university’s commitment to its Catholic roots and Holy Cross heritage. Held on campus through the School of Arts and Humanities, the McCarthy Lecture Series brings Catholic religious and lay experts from around the country to discuss issues facing the Catholic Church in the 21st century. The lectures are free and open to the public.

2021-22 Lectures:

Fall 2021

On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, St. Edward's University welcomed Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education and Department Chair of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College. Dr. Ospino presented his lecture, "Latinos and the Re-Creation of American Catholicism in the Twenty-First Century."

A recording of the lecture can be viewed here

Spring 2022

Our Spring 2022 McCarthy Lecture will take place on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Robin Jensen, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, will be our featured speaker, with her lecture "Picturing Scriptures: How Artists Tell the Story."

An expert in the field of visual exegesis, Professor Jensen will discuss examples of how artists through the ages have interpreted biblical texts and shaped the ways we imagine our sacred stories and their physical surroundings. 

This event will be presented in-person in Jones Auditorium. Reception to follow. If you would like to pre-register for the livestream, you may do so here.

Please contact Emily Hammett or Jacqueline Tamayo with any additional questions.