November 2020: Lumen Christi Institute hosts John O’Malley, SJ, on “Venerating the Saints”

On November 1, the Lumen Christi Institute hosts a virtual lecture by Georgetown’s John O’Malley, SJ: “Venerating the Saints: An Ancient Tradition Actual Today.” The event is free and open to the public.


Coinciding with the Feast of All Saints, O’Malley’s presentation will argue that “few Christian practices are as ancient and widely popular as veneration of the saints,” reviewing this practice’s history, its challenges, and its contemporary appeals. O’Malley will address from the earliest veneration of martyrs in Rome to today’s continuing work by the Bollandist Society, “a unique group of Jesuits based in Belgium who have, for centuries, provided crucial editing and scholarship that have defined the field of ‘hagiography,’ the serious, critical historical study of the lives of the saints.”


The event is co-presented by the Bollandist Society and American Media. It is co-sponsored by the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, the Nova Forum, the Harvard Catholic Forum, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, the Georgetown Office of Mission and Ministry, the Collegium Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College.


O’Malley, S.J. is University Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of The First Jesuits (Harvard University Press, 1993), now available in twelve languages, and, most recently, When Bishops Meet: An Essay Comparing Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II, (Harvard, 2019). In 2017, O’Malley received the George E. Ganss, S.J., Award, which recognizes a person’s significant scholarly contributions to the field of Jesuit Studies.


More information on the lecture is available below and at the website the Lumen Christi Institute

John O’Malley, SJ, “Venerating the Saints: An Ancient Tradition Actual Today.”

Sunday, November 1, 2020

3:00 PM CST (GMT -6) / 4:00 PM EST (GMT -5)

Advanced registration is required