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Landregan Lecture

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.

Read a brief account of the first fifteen lectures in the series. 

16th Annual Landregan Lecture

Featuring: Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J.

Professor, Lecturer, and world-renowned Author

Vatican II: The Crisis, The Resolution, The Impact

Contrary to what is commonly said, Vatican II met to deal with possibly the greatest crisis in the history of Christianity. Wittingly and unwittingly, the council tried to provide a solution, which has had an immense impact on the Church ever since. By his words and actions, Pope Francis has clearly appropriated the solution and is trying to implement it further. We will discuss why Vatican II happened, its goals, and its impact on the modern Church.

December 6, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Lynch Auditorium - University of Dallas

John O'Malley

Rev. John W. O'Malley, S.J.

John W. O'Malley, S.J., is University Professor in the Theology Department at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. A native of Ohio, he is a specialist in the religious culture of early modern Europe, especially Italy. He received his doctorate in history from Harvard University Among his monographs are Praise and Blame in Renaissance Rome (Duke UP, 1979), which received the Marraro Prize from the American Historical Association, and Trent and All That (Harvard UP, 2000), which received the Roland Bainton Prize from the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. His best known book is The First Jesuits (Harvard UP, 1993), Translated into twelve 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. Saint or Devils Incarnate: Studies in Jesuit History (Brill, 2013) is the latest collections of his previously published articles. His Four Cultures of the West (Harvard UP, 2004) has been translated into Italian and Chinese. He has also edited or co-edited a number of volumes, including three in the Collected Works of Erasmus series published by the University of Toronto Press. With the same press he co-edited The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences and the Arts (1999, Alpha Sigma Nu best-book prize) and The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts (2006). His latest works on the Jesuits are The Jesuits and the Arts (St. Joseph's UP, 2005), co-edited with Gauvin Alexander Bailey; Constructing a Saint Through Images, an annotated facsimile of the 1609 illustrated life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (same press, 2008); and The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), translated into six languages. He is general editor of a series of monographs from St. Joseph's UP entitled "Early Modern Catholicism and the Visual Arts." What Happened at Vatican II (Harvard, 2008) is now in six languages, and A History of the the Popes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) is in five. In 2013 he published with Harvard, Trent: What Happened at the Council, now in French, Italian, and Polish. A full list of his publications (except book reviews) up to 2001 can be found in Early Modern Catholicism: Essays in Honour of John W. O'Malley, S.J. (Toronto UP, 2001), pp. xxvii-xxxiii. He currently has two books in press.

John O'Malley has lectured widely in North America and abroad on both professional and more popular topics. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, Villa I Tatti (the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence), and the American Academy in Rome (Prix de Rome). He is past president of the American Catholic Historical Association and of the Renaissance Society of America. In 1995, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1997 to the American Philosophical Society, and in 2001 to the Accademia di san Carlo, Ambrosian Library, Milan. He holds the Johannes Quasten Medal from The Catholic University of America for distinguished achievement in Religious Studies and the similar Monica Helwig award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. He is a correspondent for the Vatican's Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and holds a number of honorary degrees. In 2002, he received the lifetime achievement award from the Society for Italian Historical Studies, in 2005 the corresponding award from the Renaissance Society of America, and in 2012 the same award from the American Catholic Historical Association. He is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Society of Jesus.

Are you a School of Ministry Alumnus?

If so, plan to attend the annual School of Ministry Alumni Reunion immediately following the Landregan Lecture at 9:00 pm in the Upstairs Haggar Dining Room. Join fellow alumni in fellowship as we congratulate the winners of the Dei Verbum and Lumen Gentium distinguished alumni awards. Visit the SOM Alumni Reunion webpage for more information.

landregan book"Landregan Lecture Series: 1999-2008" Now Available!

This book features a history of the first ten speeches of the Landregan Lecture Series. Several of the lectures are included in their entirety in the book. As Dr. Marti Jewell explains in the introduction of the book, "All the presenters have left a legacy of challenge, invitation, scholarship and enjoyment for those who have participated in the series. We celebrate and honor their work and the contributions made by Steve Landregan to the church in North Texas by publication of this book." The book, which is dedicated to Steve Landregan, was presented to Mr. Landregan at the twelfth  annual Landregan Lecture on November 6, 2010.

The Landregan Lecture Series began more than ten years ago when Dallas deacons and others made substantial contributions to establish the fund.

If you would like to contribute to the continued success of the Landregan Lecture by making a donation to this fund, we would welcome your support. Gifts of any size are welcome, and make a difference. Those who give $50 or more will receive a copy of the limited edition book as a thank you. (while supplies last). Simply contact to find out how to donate and receive your gift!

To donate to the Landregan Lecture online, click here. You will be redirected to a online donation portal. Simply designate your gift to the Landregan Lecture. Thank you in advance for your gift!

About the Landregan Lecture

In 2014, the School of Ministry celebrated the sixteenth annual Landregan Lecture, which honors Steven T. Landregan, archivist, author, and former editor of the Texas Catholic. 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. Visit this page to view past lectures.

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