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Former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz was scheduled to give the 15th annual Landregan Lecture on Saturday, December 7, 2013, on the topic: "Hearer of the World: The Search for God, Diplomacy, and the Common Good." Unfortnately, due to a significant ice storm in North Texas that weekend, the annual lecture was canceled for the first time in its history. Dr. Miguel Diaz planned to highlight the call for Catholics to listen to the world's needs, to offer a wealth of Catholic resources for the benefit of all, and to welcome human diversity along with what is good, beautiful and truthful to advance the common good.
Jesuit priest, New York Times bestselling author, journalist and culture editor of America magazine, Fr. James Martin gave the 14th annual Landregan Lecture on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Martin spoke about joy and humor in one's spiritual life, which is the topic of his book, "Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life," published in October 2011. Martin is the author of several books including a best-selling memoir "My Life with the Saints", which received a 2007 Christopher Award, was named one of the "Best Books" of 2006 by Publishers Weekly and also received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association.
On Saturday, December 3, 2011, the 13th Annual Landregran Lecture featured Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., Curator of the Vatican Meteorite Collection, Research Astronomer, and Planetary Scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Brother Guy, spoke on the topic "Why the Vatican Studies Meteorites" and brought some of the Vatican Meteorite Collection all the way from Rome to show the lecture attendees. Br. Guy used his expertise in the field of astronomy to give an overview of why the Vatican is interested in this scientific topic. He also explained to the audience how his research helps him to understand and believe in God.
The University of Dallas School of Ministry featured Dr. Barbara Reid, O.P., Ph.D., on Saturday, Nov. 6 as she presented the 12th annual Landregan Lecture on "Reading the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes, and Heart of a Woman." She linked Scriptures to the lives of women throughout the world. Dr. Reid, a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich., is a professor of New Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Union. She was recently selected by the school's Board of Trustees to become the new vice president and academic dean. She has authored many books and journal articles, including a weekly column on "the Word" for America magazine.
The School of Ministry at the University of Dallas is honored to have Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz as the 2009 Landregan Lecture presenter. Gaillardetz currently holds the Margaret and Thomas Murray and James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo in Ohio. Prior to comng to Toledo, Dr. Gaillardetz taught at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston from 1991 to 2001. He received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Biblical Theology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology. He has published numerous articles and authored seven books while co-editing an eighth. Dr. Gaillardetz was a Catholic delegate on the U.S. Catholic?Methodist Dialogue, 2000-2005. He served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America from 2006 to 2008. He has received numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association for articles he has written and is a past recipient of the Sophia Award (2000), offered annually by the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. in recognition of a theologian's contributions to the life of the church. Dr. Gaillardetz is a popular speaker at theological and pastoral conferences. He is married to Diana Gaillardetz and they are the parents of four boys: David, Andrew, Brian and Gregory.
Amy-Jill Levine delivered the Landregan Lecture at the University of Dallas on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. at Lynch Auditorium at the University of Dallas. Her presentation was on "Dangers on the Road from Jerusalem to Jericho: Hearing the "Good Samaritan" through Good Jewish Ears". Amy-Jill Levine, is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. Levine holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and an honorary Doctor of Ministry from the University of Richmond, Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her most recent publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (Harper San Francisco, 2006), the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton University Press, 2006) and the fourteen-volume series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). She has recorded "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Great Figures of the Old Testament," and "Great Figures of the New Testament" for the Teaching Company.
The School of Ministry at the University of Dallas presented Dr. Miguel Diaz, associate professor of theology at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., at the ninth annual Landregan Lecture. The lecture, titled "Seer of the Word: The Sacramental Imagination and the Human Vision of God," took place on Saturday, November 3, 2007, in the University's Lynch Auditorium. At the talk Dr. Diaz discussed the Saint John's Bible, commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery as the first handwritten, illuminated Bible to be produced in approximately 500 years. Its construction parallels that of its medieval predecessors, written on vellum, using quills, natural handmade inks, hand-ground pigments and gold leaf, while incorporating modern themes, images and modern technology. The last complete handwritten, illuminated Bible was commissioned shortly after the introduction of the printing press at the end of the 15th century. Although Judaism continues the practice of the handwritten Torah and Islam does so with the Qu'ran, Western Christianity has virtually discontinued the practice of handwritten Bibles since the invention of the printing press. Before moving to Saint John's University, Dr. Diaz served as academic dean at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was elected to the Steering Committee of the Association of Theological Schools and is a member of Chief Academic Officers Society of the United States and Canada, the board of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States and the board of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
John L. Allen, Jr. delivered the Landregan Lecture at the University of Dallas on Saturday, November 4, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Incarnation. He spoke on "The Cross and the Crescent: The Relationship between the Church and Islam under Benedict XVI." John Allen, Jr. is a journalist who specializes in news about the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Vatican analyst for CNN and NPR. He has a reputation for objectivity and an ability to obtain key information and news about the Vatican. Allen received his master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas and has worked for the National Catholic Reporter. He is also the author of several books, including two on Pope Benedict XVI, one written when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and one written after his election, as well as a book on Opus Dei. Today, Allen is one of the few Catholic journalists who is greatly respected by Catholics of both "liberal" and "conservative" persuasions.
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, spoke on "The Emerging Realignment in American Catholicism," on November 5, 2005 at the annual Landregan Lecture presented by the School of Ministry of the University of Dallas. Steinfels is the former editor-in-chief of Commonweal magazine and editor of American Catholics in the Public Square. She was one of two lay people to address the United States Catholic Bishops at the 2002 meeting in Dallas. She co-directs the Fordham center with her husband Peter Steinfels, New York Times religion columnist, and author most recently of A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America. The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture seeks to explore questions arising at the intersection of religious faith and contemporary culture.
Dr. Joseph Martos, the former Director of the Russell Institute for Ministry at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and author of Doors to the Sacred, a standard work on Sacraments; Sacraments: Celebrations of God's Life; and Sacraments: Seven Stories of Growth was the featured lecturer for the University of Dallas Landregan Lecture in 2004. Dr. Martos' lecture, Religion, Ritual and Sacramentality, was well received by the over 150 people who attended the talk.
We were pleased to have Father Joseph A. Fitzmyer, America's pre-eminent Catholic Biblical Scholar, as the 2003 Landregan Lecture speaker for the University of Dallas. Father Fitzmyer, a member of the Society of Jesus for over 65 years, has a long and distinguished career in service to biblical studies and to the church at large. He was one of the first Americans to have direct access to the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1957-58 and is considered today one of the world's foremost experts in Aramaic. Father Fitzmyer has a lengthy resumé of publications, including co-editor of the Jerome Biblical Commentary, the New Jerome Biblical Commentary, many books in the Anchor Bible Commentary Series including Paul's Letter to the Romans, Paul's Letter to Philemon, Acts of the Apostles, and The Gospel of Luke. Father Fitzmyer has also published a book on the relationship between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Scrolls, bearing that name (The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins). He was first introduced to the ossuary by Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review. Father Fitzmyer met the owner of the ossuary and studied the Aramaic inscription when the ossuary was on display in Toronto last year at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Most Rev. Michael Sheehan, the Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, gave the 2002 Landregan Lecture on "Reconciliation and Healing in the Church Today".
Fr. Robert Barron, from University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, gave the 2001 Landregan Lecture on "Church Architecture and Its Role in Spirituality". Father Robert Barron is a sought-after speaker on the spiritual life-from prestigious universities to YouTube to national conferences and private retreats. The prominent theologian and podcasting priest is one of the world's great and most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called Word on Fire has a simple but revolutionary mission - to evangelize the culture.
Toni Craven, from the Brite Divinity School, gave the 2000 Landregan Lecture on "Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament." Toni Craven, Ph.D., is the I. Wiley and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. She is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. Her research interests include gender issues and rhetorical/literary study, as well as teaching and learning.
R. Scott Appleby, the Director of the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame gave the 1999 Landregan Lecture on "Evangelizing Middle America: The Catholic Common Ground". Scott Appleby examines the roots of religious violence and the potential of religious peacebuilding. He teaches courses in American religious history and comparative religious movements.