Sacred Heart School of Theology

Pope Francis Symposium

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October 8-11, 2018, Milwaukee, USA.

Please join us for a landmark international symposium: Discovering Pope Francis: Theological, Philosophical, Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. This symposium will feature groundbreaking presentations and panel discussions by world-class scholars examining the pastoral theology of Pope Francis from his European and Latin-American roots to his Papacy today.

This landmark symposium will begin the evening of Monday, Oct. 8 with a welcome, dinner and opening talk. Oct. 9 and 10 will be filled with major presentations and discussions. The event will end with a luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 11, following Mass and concluding talks. Plan to join us!

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Symposium presenters:

Bishop Robert Barron, (Via video presentation) Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries.

Massimo Borghesi , professor of moral philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Social, Human and Educational Sciences at the University of Perugia (Italy). He is the author of Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Una Biografia a Intellettuale, an authoritative intellectual biography of the pope.

Rocco Buttiglione, a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, director of the St. John Paul II Chair at the Lateran University in Rome, and author of Risposte amichevoli ai critici di Amoris Laetitia (Friendly Answers to Critics of Amoris Laetitia).

Guzmán Carriquiry, vice president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and author of Una Apuesta por America Latina (A Commitment to Latin America), for which Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio wrote the introduction. He is a friend of the pope and author of many essays on his pastoral approach. He also wrote the preface to Borghesi's Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Una Biografia a Intellettuale.

Peter Casarella, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, a specialist in Latino Theology, and the co-editor of A World for All?: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology.

Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago and author of the 2018 Von Hügel Lecture, "Pope Francis' Revolution of Mercy: Amoris Laetitia as a New Paradigm of Catholicity" delivered at the University of Cambridge.

Rodrigo Guerra López, founder and researcher at  Center for Advanced Social Research, Mexico, and an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and of the Pontifical Council for Integral Human Development. He is the author of author of Católicos y Políticos: una Identidad en Tension, for which Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio wrote the foreword.

Austin Ivereigh, writer, journalist, commentator, contributing editor at Crux, and author of The Great Reformer, an indispensable biography of Pope Francis.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the Catholic Church and the Government in the United States.

Susan K. Wood, SCL, professor and chair, Department of Theology, Marquette University. She is a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kan., and the author of Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac.


Registration: $195. Fee includes all meals at Sacred Heart and bus transportation to the Cathedral.


Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, near Milwaukee, Wis., USA, will host this deep exploration of theological foundations the Holy Father’s approach to his ministry. Directions ...

Lodging options:

Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South
9575 S. 27th Street, Franklin
$99 per night.
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Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee/Franklin
6901 S. 76th St., Franklin
$129.00 to $149.00 per night for a variety of rooms.
Call 414-427-4800 - mention "Theology of Pope Francis Symposium."

Best Western Plus Milwaukee Airport Hotel
5105 S Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
$104.00 per night.
Group ID is 9J9WH2K7 or call 414-769-2100 x0 - mention "Sacred Heart's School of Ministry Room."