SXU’s 2009-10 Catholic Colloquium lecture series continues with Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Ph.D

Theologian and Notre Dame University professor Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Ph.D, will discuss “The Human Vocation and the Catholic University: Revisiting Gaudium et spes,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Hilkert’s lecture, the second in Saint Xavier’s 2009 Catholic Colloquium series, is free and open to the public. She will revisit the vision of Christian anthropology in the Vatican II Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et spes). Her focus will be the interrelatedness of human beings and all of creation, differences of gender and the dignity and rights of women around the globe, and the call to solidarity with the poor and marginalized.

Hilkert is former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She specializes in contemporary systematic theology with particular interest in theological anthropology, feminist theology and theologies of preaching. Her present research project is a book on theological anthropology titled Grace Enfleshed: A Sacramental Anthropology. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Providence College in 2002 and was the Madeleva lecturer in spirituality at St. Mary’s College in 2001. She was the first recipient of Washington Theological Union’s Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in Service to Ministry in 1997.

“We look forward to hearing Dr. Hilkert’s insights about how a Catholic university like Saint Xavier can help students and society understand Catholic social teaching and its imperative to continuously seek justice and respond to the needs of the poor,” said Sr. Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D, vice president for University Mission and Heritage.

The Catholic Colloquium series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. It honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to its many constituents and illustrates how Catholic universities are resources for examining contemporary civic and social questions.

For additional information, please contact the Office for University Mission and Heritage at (773) 298-3981 or