McQuaid Jesuit

   Thinking With Pope Francis

Presenter:  Dr. Joseph Kelly

Dr. Kelly is Professor emeritus, Nazareth College.  He is a widely sought after presenter on topics of Scripture, Church, the Spiritual Life, and interfaith  dialogue. Dr. Kelly comes to us with a depth of education and experience.        

Wednesdays, October 4, 11 and 18, 2017    3:15-4:30 PM   Classroom 128

(Although these classes are sequential attendance at all three is not necessary.)

Immediately following his election, Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of the Vatican Palace dressed in a simple white cassock. His greeting was “Buona       sera – Good evening!”  Rather than immediately giving a papal blessing, he asked the throng gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray with him and bless him.          

In these first few minutes of his papacy, we knew that Francis was a different kind of Pontiff - a real bridge builder.  What makes him different?  These three   study sessions will explore the mind of Pope Francis: what is his thinking process? What is his worldview? What does he have to say about some of the major  issues of the day? Hopefully through this study, we will be better prepared to think WITH this remarkable 21st century leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Suggested Background Reading

  • The Apostolic Exhortations of Pope Francis:

               The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium)

               The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)

              On the Environment (Laudato Si)

  • Recommended biography to gain into the thinking of Pope Francis:

                  Austen Ivereigh, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

  • Francis’ concept of the Church as a field hospital:

                 Joseph G. Kelly, “Heal the Wounds: Best Practices for the Church as a Field Hospital,” America Magazine, March 17, 2014