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.
Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian, and is one of the most-followed Catholics in the world on social media. He is also the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.
Bishop Barron is the creator and host of Catholicism, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. Bishop Barron has also created seven other films and study programs.
Bishop Barron has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
Bishop Barron works with NBC News in New York as an on-air contributor and analyst. He is also a frequent commentator for the Chicago Tribune, FOX News, CNN, EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, the Catholic Herald in London, and Catholic News Agency.
He has published numerous essays and articles on theology and the spiritual life, is a No. 1 Amazon bestselling author, and has published 15 books.
Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.
He was ordained a priest in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and then appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary in 1992. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.
He served as the rector/president of Mundelein Seminary University of St. Mary of the Lake from 2012 until 2015.
On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barron to be auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was ordained bishop on September 8, 2015.
Massimo Borghesi is professor of moral philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Social Sciences, Humanities and Education at the University of Perugia. From 1992 to 1996 he was professor of history of moral philosophy at the faculty of the University of Lecce. From 1981 to 2007 he taught aesthetics,ethics, and philosophical theology, at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure in Rome where he held the Bonaventuriana Chair from 2000 to 2002. From 2008 to 2017 he taught philosophy and religion at the Pontifical Urban University.
He is a member of the advisory and editorial boards of several publishers and journals (Studium, Atlantide, and Humanitas). From 1993 to 2002 he was a member of the editorial board of the quarterly magazine "Il Nuovo Areopago" and collaborator, from 1984 to 2012, of the international magazine "30Giorni". He is author, most recently, of the critically acclaimed 2017 intellectual biography of Pope Francis entitled Jorge Mario Bergoglio: Una biografia intellettuale, which will be published in English translation by Liturgical Press in October 2018.
Peter J. Casarella is an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and Director of Latin American North American Church Concerns (LANACC). His main area of research is Latino/a theology. He previously served as professor of Catholic studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT) at DePaul University, held teaching and administrative positions at The Catholic University of America and the University of Dallas, and was a 2014-2015 Luce Fellow in Theology.
His field of study is systematic theology and his research interests include Latino/a theology, medieval Christian thought (especially Bonaventure and Nicholas of Cusa), and theological aesthetics.
He has published 60 essays in scholarly journals on a variety of topics. In 2005, Casarella served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the US (ACHTUS), and he is currently the president of the Academy of Catholic Theologians. He has edited or coedited Cuerpo de Cristo: The Hispanic Presence in the U.S. Catholic Church (1998), Christian Spirituality and the Culture of Modernity: The Thought of Louis Dupré (1998), Cusanus: The Legacy of Learned Ignorance (2006), Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress, a collection of essays on the social encyclical Caritas in Veritate (2015), and, most recently, Cusanus: Word as Bread: Language and Theology in Nicholas of Cusa (2017).
He holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University, with a specialization in the philosophy of religion. He also holds an M.A. from Yale, graduated from Yale’s Bachelor of Arts Program summa cum laude, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Cardinal Blase Cupich
Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha on August 16, 1975. He was ordained bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota in 1998, and was appointed bishop of Spokane, Washington in 2010. Cardinal Cupich was appointed archbishop of Chicago in 2014. On October 9, 2016, Pope Francis named him a cardinal.
Cardinal Cupich was the secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. from 1981-1987; and served as chair for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People from 2008-2011 and for the National Catholic Educational Association from 2013-2015.
In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops and in 2017, to the Congregation for Catholic Education. Cardinal Cupich also serves on several USCCB committees: he is a Consultant on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Initiative with Muslims, Chair of the Subcommittee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, and serves on the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. He is an Executive Member of The Catholic Mutual Relief Society and Chancellor of the Catholic Church Extension Society, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Ill.
Cardinal Cupich obtained his B.A. in philosophy from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, where he received his baccalaureate in sacred theology in 1974, and his M.A. in theology in 1975. Cardinal Cupich is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received a licentiate of sacred theology in 1979 and a doctorate of sacred theology in 1987, both in sacramental theology.
He received a Ph.D. in philosophy summa cum laude from the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and has studied at the Catholic University of Eichstätt (Germany).
Rodrigo Guerra López, a native of Mexico, has served as coordinator of the Master of Philosophy Program of the Universidad Popular Autónoma of the state of Puebla, Mexico; as academic coordinator of the Instituto Pontifical Juan Pablo II in Mexico City; and as professor of the Mexican Institute of Christian Social Doctrine. He delivered the Karol Wojtyla Memorial Lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin (Poland) in 2013. He has also been visiting professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, at the Catholic University of Santa Fe (Argentina) and at the Phoenix Institute’s Summer Program at the International Theological Institute (Trumau, Austria).
He has written the books Como un gran movimiento (Fundación Rafael Preciado Hernández, México 2006); Afirmar a la persona por sí misma. La dignidad como fundamento de los derechos de la persona (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, México 2003); and Volver a la Persona. El método filosófico de Karol Wojtyla (Caparrós, Madrid 2002).
He has edited five books and is the co-author of 30 books mainly devoted to philosophical anthropology, bioethics and social philosophy. Among them are: Il Concetto di Pace. “Il Concetto di Pace. Attualità della Pacem in Terris nel 50° Anniversario (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Città del Vaticano 2013); Libertad religiosa y Estado laico. Voces, fundamentos y realidades (Porrúa, México 2012); Bicentennial and Christianity (PPC-CELAM-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Bogotá 2011); Catholics and politicians: an identity in tension, Prologue by Jorge M. Bergoglio SJ (CELAM-Agape, Buenos Aires 2006); and Latin America: societies in change (CELAM, Bogotá 2005). He has also published numerous magazine articles and essays.
He served as coordinator of advisors and private secretary of the governor of the State of Querétaro; served as vice president of business theory for the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (Puebla, Mexico); and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Union of Employers of Mexico (Puebla). He is currently a member of, or consultant to, many other boards, commissions and committees dealing with the intersection of theology, philosophy and human rights.
Dr. Guzmán Carriquiry
Prof. Dr. Guzmán Carriquiry Lecour, a native of Uruguay and an attorney, has served the Holy See since 1977, when he was appointed bureau chief of the Pontifical Council for the Laity by Pope Paul VI. In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In 1991 Pope John Paul II appointed him under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, a position reconfirmed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.
He is currently secretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for Latin America — the first layperson to serve in that role (since May 2011), just as he was the first ever layperson to be chosen undersecretary of a Vatican dicastery, the Pontifical Council for the Laity (since September 1991).
He has numerous publications to his credit, including A Wager for Latin America (Una apuesta por America Latina, Editorial Sudamerican), 2003, and The Bicentennial of the Independence of the Countries of Latin America: Yesterday and Today (El bicentenario de la Independencia de los Paises latino-americanos; ayer y hoy, Ediciones Encuentros), 2011 — both prefaced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then-cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, but whom Carriquiry had known ever since the current pope was the provincial head of the Argentine Jesuits.
He has been a visiting professor at various Italian pontifical universities and those of other European and Latin American countries. He has received several honors, including that of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
He has worked closely with the Latin American bishops’ conferences, and has helped organize papal visits to Latin America and World Youth Days.
He received a doctorate of law and social sciences at the University of the Republic, in Montevideo.
Dr. Austen Ivereigh
Dr. Austen Ivereigh is a London-based journalist, author and commentator. He is the author of
The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope, a biography of Pope Francis (2014).
He formerly served as the director for public affairs of the former archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, and now frequently appears on radio and TV programs to comment in stories involving the Church.
Ivereigh is the founder and coordinator of Catholic Voices, which trains people to put the Catholic Church's case in the media, and regularly contributes to a number of magazines and newspapers. For many years he has been connected to Citizens UK (formerly London Citizens) as the first leader of the "Strangers into Citizens" campaign.
He has edited The Politics of Religion in an Age of Revival: Studies in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America (London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 2000) and Unfinished Journey: the Church 40 Years after Vatican II: Essays for John Wilkins (New York; London: Continuum, 2003).
He has been Deputy Editor of The Tablet, editorial adviser to The Way, and associate editor of Godspy. He currently writes for America magazine's "In All Things" blog, while also contributing regularly to America magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, The Tablet, The Spectator, and others.
He also authored Faithful Citizens: A practical guide to community organising and Catholic social teaching; Catholic Voices: Putting the Church's case in an era of 24-hour news, both published by Darton, Longman & Todd; and How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 2012).
In 1989 Ivereigh entered graduate studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and in 1993 he completed a D.Phil. thesis for the University of Oxford entitled Catholicism and Politics in Argentina: an Interpretation, with Special Reference to the Period 1930-1960 published as Catholicism and Politics in Argentina, 1810-1960 (1995).
Archbishop Jerome Listecki
Listecki was appointed auxiliary bishop of Chicago in 2000. He previously served as bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse. He was installed as bishop there on March 1, 2005, succeeding the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke.
Archbishop Listecki was installed as archbishop of Milwaukee on January 4, 2010, assuming responsibility for the spiritual well-being of Catholics in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin.
A native of Chicago, Archbishop Listecki was ordained a priest in 1975. Starting in 1983 he taught canon law and moral theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He remained on the seminary faculty until his appointment as pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Chicago, in August 2000.
Archbishop Listecki earned a doctoral degree in canon law in 1981 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and continued Moral Theology studies until his return to the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1983.
Archbishop Listecki is also a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves. In 1976, Archbishop Listecki earned a civil law degree from DePaul University, Chicago.
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Archbishop Christophe Pierre, a native of Rennes, France, completed his primary education in Antisirabé, Madagascar, and his secondary schooling in Saint-Malo, France, and in Marrakech, Morocco. He attended the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Rennes (1963-1969) and the Catholic Institute of Paris (1969-1971).
He served in the French military from July 1965 to October 1966. He was ordained a priest on April 5, 1970, in Saint-Malo, France and incardinated in the Archdiocese of Rennes. He was Parochial Vicar of the St. Peter and St. Paul Parish in Colombes, Diocese of Nanterre, France (1970-1973).
He started his service in the Diplomatic Corps of the Holy See on March 5, 1977. He was appointed first to the pontifical representation in New Zealand and the Islands of the Pacific Ocean (1977-1981). Subsequently he served in Mozambique (1981); in Zimbabwe (1982-1986); in Cuba (1986-1989); in Brazil (1989-1991); and at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (1991-1995).
He was named titular archbishop of Gunela on July 12, 1995, and received the Episcopal Consecration on September 24, 1995, in Saint-Malo, France.
Archbishop Christophe Pierre was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, on July 12, 1995, where he served until 1999. He has been the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda (1999-2007) and then, the Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico (2007-2016). He was appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America by His Holiness, Pope Francis on April 12, 2016.
Archbishop Pierre speaks French, English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
He has a masters degree in Sacred Theology (Paris, 1971) and a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome (1973-1977).
Rocco Buttiglione, born in Gallipoli, Italy, is an Italian politician and philosopher, 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).
In the early 1990s, Buttiglione helped to form an Italian political party, the Christian Democratic Union, and since 1994 has served in the Chamber of Deputies in the Italian Parliament. Since 1999 he has been a member of the European Parliament, and in 2001 he was appointed by Italy's President Silvio Berlusconi to be minister of European affairs. He also serves on the Acton Institute's board of advisors.
His main intellectual concerns have been philosophy, social ethics, economics, and politics. He has held professorships at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and Saint Pius V University in Rome and has been a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Science. He has lectured internationally and is on the editorial boards of many Italian and foreign journals.
He has published 10 books, more than 130 scientific essays (on philosophy and cultural topics, many in five languages) and more than 100 articles in the national and international press.
He holds an honorary degree in philosophy from Lublin Catholic University, Poland; is a member of the Pontifical Commission Justitia et Pax; an honorary professor of Mendoza University; and a member of the editorial council of several Italian and international magazines.
Buttiglione studied Law at the Universities of Turin and Rome, where in 1970 he obtained a degree with a thesis on the history of political doctrines.
Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D., a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, is professor of systematic theology in the Department of Theology at Marquette University. Wood teaches courses on ecclesiology, Henri de Lubac, nouvelle théologie, ecumenism, and sacramental theology, as well as more general courses in systematic theology. Her research interests have focused on the theology of ordained ministry, the ecclesial dimensions of sacramental theology, and the theology of Henri de Lubac.
Wood is currently president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, the North American Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation, and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. She also served on the conversation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance. She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group.
She co-authored a book on Catholic-Lutheran relations with Timothy Wengert, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, A Shared Spiritual Journey, Lutherans and Catholics Travel Toward Unity (Paulist), and three other books.
She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood (The Liturgical Press, 2003) and co-editor, with Alberto Garcia, of Critical Issues in Ecclesiology: Essays in Honor of Carl. E. Braaten (Eerdmans, 2011). She is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology.
She received her doctorate from Marquette University in 1986.