Papers, Presentations, & Lectures

Formal academic addresses

“On the First Man and the Last Man: Thomas Aquinas, Joseph Ratzinger, and the Implications of Evolutionary Science for a Renewal of Christology.” Plenary address for the conference Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology, sponsored by the Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies and the Aquinas Center of Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL, 2020)

“Aquinas and Ratzinger on Human Origins and Original Sin in Light of Evolutionary Science.” Address for the international symposium Thomas Aquinas on Creation and Nature, hosted by the Thomistic Institute of the Angelicum / Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy, 2019)

“Man, You Are Dust: On Human Origins and Dignity in Light of Evolutionary Science.”  Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium Technology and the Human Person (Atchison, KS, 2019).

“Unless You Believe, You Will Not Understand: Biblical Faith according to Thomas Aquinas and Benedict XVI.” Invited address for the conference Aquinas the Biblical Theologian, sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the Aquinas Center of Ave Maria University (Ave Maria, FL, 2019)

“How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: The Problem of ‘Dark Passages’ in the Bible.”  Lecture to the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Thomistic Institute (Norman, OK, 2019).

“Accompanying, Discerning, and Integrating Weakness: Interpreting Pope Francis on Sacramental Discipline in “Irregular” Marital Situations.” Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium In the World, but Not of the World: Paradigms for the Evangelization of American Culture (Atchison, KS, 2017).

“The Theological Mind of Pope Francis: Mercy and Media Misconception.” Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium Mercy and the Revolution: The Church’s Mission after the Sexual Revolution (Atchison, KS, 2016).

“Pope Francis on Sacramental Discipline for the Divorced and Civilly Remarried.” Lecture delivered to the Benedictine College Honors Program (Atchison, KS, 2016)

Panelist, Laudato Si: What the Pope’s Encyclical Means for America, hosted by the Benedictine College Gregorian Institute (Atchison, KS, 2015).

“The Theological Genius of Joseph Ratzinger and Its Role in Catholic Theological Education Today.” Keynote paper delivered for the “Contemporary Challenges in Modern Catholic Education” conference at Holy Spirit College (Atlanta, GA, 2015)

“Pope Francis and the Mission of the Church.”  Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium Influential Joy: Gaudium et Spes to Evangelii Gaudium (Atchison, KS, 2015).

“Biblical Inspiration in the Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas and Fr. Matthew Lamb.” Invited address delivered at the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology conference (Ave Maria, FL, 2015).

“Vatican II at 50: Pluralism and Unity.” Paper co-presented at Benedictine College faculty colloquium (Atchison, KS, 2015).

“Benedict XVI, Catholic Doctrine, and the Problem of an Imminent Parousia.”  Paper delivered at the annual convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (Pittsburg, PA, 2014).

“That They All May Be One: John XXIII and John Paul II’s Pioneering Vision for the Reunification of All Christians.” Delivered to the Benedictine College community commemorating the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II (Atchison, KS, 2014).

“Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty & the New Evangelization.” Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium The Transcendentals as a Preamble for Faith (Atchison, KS, 2014).

“Benedict XVI and the Bible’s Dark Passages: Implications for Apologetics and the Spiritual Life.”  Lecture delivered to faculty and adjuncts of the Bishop Helmsing Institute (Kansas City, MO, 2013).

“Freedom in Obedience to the Truth: Implications for Christian Living & Evangelization.”  Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium Building a Culture of Freedom (Atchison, KS, 2013).

“Violence Is Incompatible with the Nature of God: Benedict, Aquinas, and Method C Exegesis of the ‘Dark’ Passages of the Bible.”  Invited address delivered at the Ave Maria University conference Reading God’s Word: Ratzinger’s Erasmus Lecture a Generation Later (Ave Maria, FL, 2012).

“Benedict XVI’s Vision for Scripture within the New Evangelization.”  Paper delivered at the Institute for Missionary Activity symposium Advancing the New Evangelization (Atchison, KS, 2012).

“Catholicism, Inter-Religious Dialogue, and Social Justice.”  Presentation delivered at the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Dialogue hosted at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS, 2012).

“The Catholic Church and Inter-Religious Dialogue.” Presentation delivered at the Hindu-Muslim-Christian Dialogue hosted at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS, 2011).

Panelist, Ravens Respect Life Health Care Reform forum (Atchison, KS, 2009)

“The ‘Substance’ of Faith in Hebrews 11 and St. Thomas’ Theology of the History of Divine Revelation.”  Paper presented at Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal “Scripture, Doctrine, and St. Thomas Aquinas” conference (Ave Maria, FL, 2008).

“Is Theology a Science?”  Lecture given at the St. John Institute for Catholic Thought at the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL, 2008).

“How a Poor Man Becomes Rich: The Six Steps towards Vision of God in Bonaventure’s Itinerarium Mentis in Deum.”  Prepared for Ave Maria University faculty and graduate student colloquium (Ave Maria, FL, 2008).

“Two Willing Contenders in the Long Defeat: Friedrich Nietzsche and Immanuel Kant on the Philosophy of History.” Presented at Ave Maria University faculty and doctoral colloquium (Ave Maria, FL, 2007).

Other presentations

“The Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.” Presentation delivered for the Lumen Veritatis Institute of Catholic Thought and Imagination (Lansing, MI, 2019).

“The Interior Life: Soul of the Apostolate” and “Conformity to Christ: Darkness, Divinization, and the Little Way.”  Presentations delivered to Catholic school principals for Sophia Institute for Teachers (Springfield, MA, 2019).

“On Care for Our Common Home as a Twofold Work of Mercy.” Presentation for the Benedictine College women’s residence halls (Atchison, KS, 2018)

“Machiavelli’s The Prince and Christian Leadership?” Co-led seminar offered at the opening session of the Benedictine College Gregorian Fellows program (Atchison, KS, 2018).

“The Psalms as Scripture” and “How to Pray with the Psalms.” Presentations delivered to the permanent deacons and deacon candidates of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas (Kansas City, KS, 2018).

“Who do you say that I am? How the true face of Christ is revealed to us in the Gospels” and “Lord, to whom shall we go? How to respond to today’s Bible skeptics.” Presentations delivered for the Sophia Institute for Teachers (New York, NY, 2018).

“On Care for Our Common Home as a Twofold Work of Mercy.” Presentation for the Benedictine College men’s residence halls (Atchison, KS, 2018)

“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? Biblical Lessons on How to Unite our Suffering with that of Christ Crucified.” Gregorian Institute Lenten lecture series (Atchison, KS, 2018)

“Machiavelli’s The Prince and Christian Leadership?” Co-led seminar offered at the opening session of the Benedictine College Gregorian Fellows program (Atchison, KS, 2017).

Panelist, Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ and Environmental Sustainability hosted by the Benedictine College Student Government Association (Atchison, KS, 2017).

Lectio Divina and the ‘Hard Sayings’ of Scripture.” Presentation to Knights of Columbus council (Atchison, KS, 2017).

Panelist, What Pope Francis Really Said, hosted by the Benedictine College Gregorian Institute (Atchison, KS, 2016).

“Who do you say that I am? How the true face of Christ is revealed to us in the Gospels” and “Lord, to whom shall we go? How to respond to today’s Bible skeptics.” Presentations delivered over three days for the Sophia Institute for Teachers (Staten Island, NY, 2016)

“Pope Francis: Mercy and Media Misconception.” Lecture delivered to the Women of St. Ignatius organization (Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2016).

“Pope Francis: Mercy and Media Misconception.” Talk given at the inaugural Theology on Tap in Atchison, KS (2016)

“Biblical Mercy: How Mercy is Revealed in Sacred Scripture” and “Divine Mercy and the Pontificate of Francis.” Sophia Institute for Teachers workshop (Palm Beach, FL, 2016)

“Biblical Mercy: How Mercy is Revealed in Sacred Scripture” and “Divine Mercy and the Pontificate of Francis.” Sophia Institute for Teachers workshop (Grand Rapids, MI, 2016)

“Popes on a Plane: Media Misconception and Papal Continuity.” Lecture delivered for the Dinner and Discourse series hosted by the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, 2016).

“The Church, World Religions, and Interreligious Dialogue.” Lecture delivered to the Women of St. Ignatius organization (Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2016).

“Aquinas’s De Regno and Christian Leadership.” Co-led seminar offered at the opening session of the Benedictine College Gregorian Fellows program (Atchison, KS, 2015).

“The Year of Mercy: Salvation History as the context for encountering and understanding God’s Mercy.” Sophia Institute for Teachers workshop (Manchester, NH, 2015)

“Soul of the Apostolate: The Interior Life, Catechesis, and the New Evangelization.” Morning sessions for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd regional Lenten enrichment retreat (Leawood, KS, 2015).

“Aquinas’s De Regno and Christian Leadership.” Co-led seminar offered at the opening session of the Benedictine College Gregorian Fellows program (Atchison, KS, 2014).

“The Direction of the Church Today: The Pontificate of Pope Francis and  the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.”  Morning workshop given for Catholic school principals of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas (Kansas City, KS, 2014).

“Reflections on Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium: Implications for Catechesis.”  Lecture delivered to the catechists of St. Benedict’s Parish (Atchison, KS 2014).

“Evangelization and the Interior Life.” Presented to student leaders of FOCUS at their monthly “Upper Room” meeting (Atchison, KS, 2011).

“The Catholic Tradition of Prayer.”  Presented to members of RICA at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS, 2011)

“Mental Prayer,” “Obstacles to Prayer,” “Inspirations of the Holy Spirit,” “Discernment,” and “The Soul of the Apostolate.”  Ongoing talks presented to Benedictine College students at the monthly Lectio Divina series (Atchison, KS, 2010-2014).

“Do Something Beautiful for God.”  An overview of the life of prayer presented to students participating in the annual Benedictine College Kick-Off Retreat (Atchison, KS, 2010).

“Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.”  Presented at Presidential Ambassadors “Great Books” event (Atchison, KS, 2009)

“The Sacrament of Marriage.”  Presented to members of RICA at St. Matthew’s Parish  (Champaign, IL 2009)

“Approaching Natural Theology.”  Presented at Ave Maria University Faith in Action catechist Team (Naples, FL, 2006).

Diocese of Peoria Catholic Education Conference.  A two-day conference hosted at Illinois State University for which I presented four talks on Scripture and ethics. (Normal, IL, 2006).

“The Art of Friendship.” Talk given at a conference for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students at Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University (Normal, IL, 2006).

“And the Ark Came to Rest on the Rock: The Catholic Sacramental Worldview.”  Ecumenical talk given at the Evangelical fellowship Campus Crusade for Christ at Eureka College   (Eureka, IL, 2006).

“Two Rival Versions of a Contemporary Natural Law Ethics.” Philosophy thesis presented at Benedictine College (Atchison, KS, 2005)

“The Perfect Disciple.” Scriptural meditation given for “Samuel Group” at Benedictine College and at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, 2005).

“The Risen Body of Christ.” Scriptural meditation given for a parish retreat (Sabetha, KS, 2005).

“The Existence of God: Philosophical and Existential Approaches.”  Conferences given for weekend “Crash Course on Catholic Education” at the St. Lawrence Catholic Ctr. (Lawrence, KS, 2005).

“The Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism” and “Ecclesia de Eucharistia and   Evangelization.” Celebrate the Faith Conference (Vandalia, IL, 2004).

“The Ascension of the Lord, the Eucharist, and the Telos of the Incarnation.” Holy Cross Church (Champaign, IL 2004).

“The Problem of Evil and Religious Pluralism.”  Guest lecturer, Introduction to Philosophy (Parkland College, Champaign, IL, 2003).

“Conversion in the Writings of John Paul II.” Firewalk of Faith Conference (Napa, CA, 2003; Vandalia, IL, 2003).

“Il sacramento della riconciliazione.”  Scripture meditation given for a parish mission (Modica, Italy, 2003).

“La chiamata universale alla santità.”  Talk given for a youth conference at the Centro San Lorenzo (Rome, Italy, 2002).

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