Adult Education

Lectures on a wide variety of topics are offered throughout the year.



Past topics and speakers have included:


Death and Destruction in Darfur: Militarization of the Humanitarian Crisis
Suliman Baldo, Director, Africa Program, International Crisis Group
Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, Coordinator, Africa Desk, Franciscans International

How to Build an Oasis in Ethiopia: The Vision and Practice of Creating a Sustainable Environment
Woldetensaé Ghebreghiorghis, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Harar, Ethiopia and Mr. Zemede Abebe, Program Director of the Hararghe Catholic Secretariat.
Sponsored by Faith in Africa at Church of St.Ignatius Loyola.

The Arts

Art & Faith Celebrate the Paschal Mystery
Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University

Art and Love in Renaissance Italy
Andrea Bayer, Curator of the Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

At Prayer: Private Prayer and Community Worship
Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University

Damien: A One Man Play
Written by Aldyth Morris and starring Casey Groves. The true story of Father Damien of Moloka’i.

Faith and Film Series
Antonio Monda, faculty member at the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Longing for the Prince of Peace, While Facing the Horrors of War
Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University.

The Role of John the Baptist as the Forerunner of Jesus & Model for Us Today
Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University.

Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor
Thomas P. Campbell, Curator of the Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Wounded Body of Christ and the Modern Social Conscience
Rev. Terrence Dempsey, S.J., Director of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University.


Become a Saint (in twenty minutes)
Rev. James Martin, S.J., assisting priest at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, author, and associate editor of America, the national Catholic magazine.

How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid
Author Joseph A. Califano, Founder and Chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich
Author Veronica Mary Rolf, independent scholar and leader of the lecture series, “Mornings with Julian.”

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
Author Immaculée Ilibagiza

Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life
Jane Pauley, broadcast journalist and author

What Happened at Vatican II? What difference does it make 50 years later?
Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., author of The First Jesuits and member of the Georgetown University faculty.

The Church

Becoming a Community of Disciples
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

Identity & Inclusiveness: A Tug of War in Today’s Church
Peter Steinfels, Co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University

The Laments of the People of God in the American Catholic Church Today: What Do We Lament and How Can We Respond?
Bradford Hinze, PhD., Fordham University Professor of Theology.

Law in the Roman Catholic Church: From Principles to Practice Lecture Series
Fr. Michael P. Hilbert, S.J., Associate Pastor

Pope Francis & His Message for Our Time
Robert Ellsberg, Publisher and editor-in-chief, Orbis Books

Christ in Evolution: Teilhard’s Vision
Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, Ph.D., Director of Catholic Studies, Georgetown University

Vatican II, Women, and the Church Today

Featured speaker

Margaret Steinfels, Co-Director of the Fordham University Center on Religion and Culture.


Rev. James Dugan, S.J., Sr. Vivienne Joyce, SC, Adjunct Professor, Fordham University Spiritual Direction Program, and Karen Smith, Editorial Director of America, the national Catholic magazine.


New Strategies for Getting Your Wealth on Track
A financial forum for all those who are 50+. Guest speaker: CNBCs Larry Kudlow. Sponsored by Boomers & Beyond.


The Faith Club: A Unique Inter-Faith Dialogue
Ranya Idilby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner, co-authors of The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew – Three Women Search for Understanding.

Muslims and Christians: Where Do We Stand?
A Woodstock Forum featuring three Jesuits (Rev. Daniel Madigan, S.J., Rev. Patrick Ryan, S.J., and Rev. Aloysius Mowe, S.J.) who have lived and worked with Muslims over many years in various parts of the world.


Apples and Eve: Creation and Original Sin
A five-session series sponsored by the Ignatian Young Adults.

Does God Lie? (And other questions the Bible raises)
An interactive discussion moderated by Rev. Anthony SooHoo, S.J., Associate Pastor at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Sponsored by the Ignatian Young Adults

An Exploration of the Gospel of John the Baptist
A six-session class led by Brian Pinter, Chaplain and Teacher of Theology, Regis High School

The Faces of Advent: Isaiah, John the Baptist, Joseph, and Mary
An Advent Series sponsored by the Ignatian Young Adults.

How to Interpret The Bible: From Augustine to Bergoglio
Fr. Peter Dubovsky, S.J., Dean of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

Scripture Reflections: Rev. Robert O’Brien, S.J.
Fr. O’Brien is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at LeMoyne College in Syracuse and member of the St. Ignatius Jesuit Community. Fr. O’Brien conducts a weekly Scripture Reflections Group during the year, in addition to offering Scripture reflections throughout Advent and Lent.


Global Poverty: What Everyone Needs to Know
Thomas Nazario, Founder of The Forgotten International and author of Living On a Day a Day

Homeboy Industries: Jobs, Not Jails
Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of HomeBoy Industries, a jobs program recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the United States.

The Hope and the Heartbreak: The Challenges of Modern Christians
Dr. Bishara Ebeid, Pontifical Oriental Institute

Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery
Moderated by Sr. Kati Hamm, S.C., Education Coordinator, LifeWay Network

Upcoming Events

Mon., Oct. 19, 6:59 pm
St. Paul: The Story of a Passionate Apostle
Presented by Mr. Brian Pinter
Registration is now closed.