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Kathleen Cummings to speak at St. Paul's College.//Photo: University of Notre Dame

Kathleen Cummings to speak at St. Paul's College.//Photo: University of Notre Dame

Seeking Saints in the Modern World

The 2020 Hanley Memorial Lectures

March 9, 2020 — 

UPDATE:
(updated March 12, 11:30a.m)

The Hanley Memorial Lecture Series is postponed.

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Notre Dame has instructed its faculty to avoid all non-urgent international travel. 

As such Kathleen Sprows Cummings advised us that she is unable to give the Hanley Lectures that were scheduled this coming Sunday and Monday. 

We are seeing this as an indefinite postponement rather than cancellation. Watch for a  rescheduled date in the future.

Click here to read the University of Manitoba’s official message on COVID-19

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St. Paul’s College welcomes Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Director of Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, to present the 2020 Hanley Memorial Lectures.

Canonization may be fundamentally about holiness, but it is never only about holiness. Using multiple causes introduced from the United States and Canada, this series of lectures examines how a study of canonization can reveal as much about the priorities and interests of the people promoting the candidates it does about the prospective saints themselves.

The first lecture, which covers the 1880s through the 1930s, considers how saint-seeking in North America was framed by U.S. and Canadian Catholics’ emerging sense of national identity. The second examines how Catholic women’s desire for more representation in their Church shaped canonization leading up to and following the Second Vatican Council. The final lecture focuses on the proliferation of new saints and blesseds during canonization during the papacy of St. John Paul II, examining what it signifies not only for U.S. and Canadian Catholics but for the global church.

The lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings will be providing three lectures:

Lecture 1: North American Catholics and the Rise of the Nation Saint
Sunday, March 15, 7:00 pm, St. Paul’s College, Hanley Hall, 70 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba

Lecture 2: Gender, Power, and Canonization
Monday, March 16, 1:30 pm, St. Paul’s College, Hanley Hall, 70 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba

Lecture 3: John Paul II and All the Saints
Monday, March 16, 7:00 pm, St. Paul’s College, Hanley Hall, 70 Dysart Road, University of Manitoba

To honour the memory of Fr. John C. Hanley, SJ., in 1980 his friends and colleagues from St. Paul’s College and the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba established the Hanley Memorial Lecture Series. The Hanley Lecture series now brings to Winnipeg a prominent theologian, scripture scholar or a leading authority on current religious issues. This has now become one of the most prestigious lecture series of its kind in Canada.

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