Vatican Journalist John Allen, Jr. to speak about Pope Francis at SXU

john allen jr web 2Well-known journalist, blogger, and commentator on all things related to the Vatican John Allen, Jr. will discuss the papacy of Pope Francis on Wed., Sept. 11 as part of Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Catholic Colloquium lecture series. This event is co-sponsored by SXU’s Office for University Mission and Ministry and the Vicariate V Ministry Commission.

Allen’s lecture, titled “Faith and the ‘Francis Effect’: What a New Pope Means for the Catholic Future,” is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for guaranteed seating. To register, please visit, keyword: allen.

Allen will bring his worldwide experience of Catholicism to a reflection on the papacy six months after the election of Pope Francis and talk about what these beginning months suggest about the future of the Church, globally and in the United States.

Allen is the prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the senior Vatican analyst for CNN. He is the author of seven bestselling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, including “The Future Church: How Ten Trends Are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church” and “Ten Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know.” Allen covered the conclave that elected Pope Francis, has traveled the world covering Catholic affairs, and writes a weekly Internet column titled “All Things Catholic.” His work is admired across ideological divides within the Church, and he is a popular speaker on Church matters in the United States and abroad.

The Catholic Colloquium lecture series, inaugurated in 2006, honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to serve its students, faculty, staff and the broader Catholic and civic communities by providing opportunities to examine contemporary civic, religious and social questions in the light of a vibrant, socially committed faith. Speakers in this series also explore ideas and issues that foster the development of healthy, active spiritual lives.

Please note: Because a strong turnout is expected from both the SXU community and local Catholic parishes, students, staff, faculty, and teachers bringing classes are encouraged to register. People who register will have assured seating if attendance surpasses room capacity. Faculty bringing a class can register for an anticipated number of students without having to enter names. At the event, the registering faculty member will be given that number of reserved seating tokens to give to students from his/her class.

For more information, please contact University Mission and Ministry at (773) 298-3900 or, or visit, keyword: allen.