About the Landregan Lecture
Lead by example. Serve the Church.
The Landregan Lecture brings to the University of Dallas campus nationally prominent
figures, whose area of expertise reflects the many interests that have animated University
of Dallas alumnus Steven T. Landregan throughout his long, distinguished, and continuing
career of service to the Catholic Church in North Texas as archivist, author, and former editor of the Texas Catholic.
The first Landregan Lecture was given in 1999 by R. Scott Appleby, the Director of
the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame on "Evangelizing Middle America:
The Catholic Common Ground." Previous speakers of the Landregan Lecture have included
Rev. James Martin, S.J., Br. Guy Consolmagno Consolmagno, S.J., Dr. Barbara Reid,
Amy-Jill Levine, Dr. Miguel Diaz, John Allen, Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Joseph Martos,
Rev. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., Archbishop Michael Sheehan, R. Scott Appleby, Toni
Craven, and Robert Barron.
Previous Landregan Lecturers:
Inaugural Landregan Lecture: R. Scott Appleby
Scott Appleby, the Director of the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame
gave the 1st annual 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
2nd Annual Landregan Lecture: Toni Craven
Toni Craven, from the Brite Divinity School, gave the 2nd annual 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.
3rd Annual Landregan Lecture: Fr. Robert Barron
Fr. Robert Barron, from University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, gave
the 3rd annual 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.
4th Annual Landregan Lecture: Most Rev. Michael Sheehan
Most Rev. Michael Sheehan, the Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico, gave the 4th annual
Landregan Lecture on "Reconciliation and Healing in the Church Today."
5th Annual Landregan Lecture: Fr. Joseph A. Fitzmyer
We were pleased to have Father Joseph A. Fitzmyer, America's pre-eminent Catholic
Biblical Scholar, as the 5th annual 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
6th Annual Landregan Lecture: Dr. Joseph Martos
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.
7th Annual Landregan Lecture: Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
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 7th 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.
8th Annual Landregan Lecture: John L. Allen, Jr.
John L. Allen, Jr. delivered the 8th annual 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.
9th Annual Landregan Lecture: Dr. Miguel Diaz
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.
10th Annual Landregan Lecture: Amy-Jill Levine
Amy-Jill Levine delivered the 10th annual 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.
11th Annual Landregan Lecture: Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz
The School of Ministry at the University of Dallas is honored to have Dr. Richard
R. Gaillardetz as the 12th annual 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.
12th Annual Landregan Lecture: Barbara Reid, O.P., Ph.D.
The University of Dallas School of Ministry featured Dr. Barbara Reid, O.P., Ph.D.,
on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, 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.
13th Annual Landregan Lecture: Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
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.
14th Annual Landregan Lecture: Fr. James Martin
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.
15th Annual Landregan Lecture: Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz
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.
16th Annual Landregan Lecture: Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J.
Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., professor, lecturer and world-renowned author, delivered
the University of Dallas School of Ministry’s 16th annual Landregan Lecture on "Vatican
II: The Crisis, The Resolution, The Impact." The event was held Saturday, Dec. 6,
2014. O'Malley is university professor in Georgetown University’s Theology Department
in Washington, D.C. A native of Ohio, he is a specialist in the religious culture
of early modern Europe, especially Italy, and he earned his doctorate in history from
Harvard University. He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association
and of the Renaissance Society of America. O’Malley’s best known book is “The First
Jesuits.” Translated into 12 languages, it received both the Jacques Barzun Prize
for Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society and the Philip Schaff
Prize from the American Society for Church History. O’Malley’s book, “What Happened
at Vatican II,” which has been published in six languages, was the backdrop for the
lecture. He discussed how Vatican II met to deal with possibly the greatest crisis
in the history of Christianity, the solution the council provided and the immense
impact that solution has had on the Church ever since.
17th Annual Landregan Lecture: David Fagerberg, Ph.D.
David Fagerberg, Ph.D., Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre
Dame College of Arts and Letters presented "A Daughter of Asceticism: Liturgical Glorification
of God" on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 7:30 PM in the Church of the Incarnation.
Fagerberg’s work has explored how the Church’s lex credendi (law of belief) is founded upon the Church’s lex orandi (law of prayer).
The lecture centered on the two purposes of liturgy, among its many benefits: to glorify
God and sanctify human beings. The two are interrelated because the former is accomplished
by the latter. Man and woman were created as cosmic priests, and after we forfeited
our liturgical career in the fall, Christ became Incarnate to restore it to us. His
work of redemption was to restore our liturgical capacity. Our individual journey
to this new life must go through the cross, and the tradition calls this spiritual
discipline asceticism. If liturgy means sharing the life of Christ (being washed in
his resurrection, eating his body), and if askesis means training (in the sense of
forming), then liturgical asceticism is the discipline required to become an icon
of Christ and make his image visible in our faces. Only then can we fully glorify
God. This lecture seeks to understand how everything within the liturgy, even the
sanctification of man, is oriented toward the glorification of God.
18th Annual Landregan Lecture: Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, Fr. Gustavo Guiterrez, OP, &
Dr. Paul Farmer
United in celebration with the Southern Dominican Province on the occasion of their
800th anniversary, the 18th Annual Landregan Lecture featured three extraordinary
individuals: Father Bruno Cadoré, O.P., master of the Order of Preachers; Father Gustavo
Gutiérrez, O.P., a noted theologian widely known as the "father of liberation theology";
and Dr. Paul Farmer, an internationally recognized humanitarian physician and the
co-founder of Partners in Health. The program was moderated by Sister Barbara Reid,
O.P., vice president and academic dean at the Catholic Theological Union.
The panel discussion was based on the best-selling book In the Company of the Poor, which was co-authored by Farmer and Gutiérrez with a preface by Cadoré.
19th Annual Landregan Lecture: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB
While it may sometimes appear that Catholics lack biblical literacy, especially when
compared to other Christian denominations, the truth is that the Catholic Tradition
of history, art, and culture have informed both Catholics and non-Catholics alike
about the Bible in very exciting ways. Using The Saint John’s Bible as a model, Fr. Michael Patella, OSB, showed how the Catholic Tradition is well-poised
for the new evangelization for this century and beyond.