Fr. John KartjeMundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Michael P. MurphyLoyola University Chicago
Meghan SullivanUniversity of Notre Dame
Sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation Office, St. Ignatius College Prep, and Fenwick High School.
$20 Registration Fee. Open to current high school students. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included. For any parents and chaperones who will be present, an optional lunchtime event will be held nearby at Gavin House (1220 East 58th Street) at 12:00pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested in participating in this lunchtime event, please indicate it on the registration page. Need-based scholarships are available upon request. Please contact us with any questions about this program.
A day-long conference for high school students to provide an introduction to the Catholic vision of intellectual life and culture. Students will listen to lectures by expert scholars, participate in break-out group discussions, meet and socialize with other high school students, and attend mass. More info, including a detailed schedule will be available soon.
9:00 - 9:45 | Registration and Breakfast
9:45 - 10:45 | Session 1: Lecture on Faith and Reason with Prof. Meghan Sullivan
11:00 - 12:00 | Session 2: Lecture on Cosmology and Creation with Fr. John Kartje
12:15 - 1:15 | Lunchtime discussion session
1:30 - 2:30 | Session 3: Lecture on The Catholic Imagination with Prof. Michael Murphy
2:45 - 4:00 | Afternoon discussion session
4:15 - 5:15 | Mass in Bond Chapel
5:30 - 6:30 | OPTIONAL Closing reception & dinner
The Very Rev. John Kartje is Rector/President and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics at Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, an MDiv and STB from University of Saint Mary of the Lake, an STL and an STD from Catholic University of America. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2002, Fr. Kartje previously served as Director of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University, and is author of Wisdom Epistemology in the Psalter: A Study of Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107 (De Gruyter, 2014).
Michael Murphy is Director of Catholic Studies and Director of Loyola’s Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. He earned his doctorate in Theology, Literature, and Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and undergraduate degrees in English and Great Books from the University of San Francisco. His research interests are in Theology and Literature, Sacramental Theology, and the socio-political cultures of Catholicism, but he also writes about issues in eco-theology and social ethics. Dr. Murphy, an Advanced Lecturer in the Theology Department, is a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow. His first book, A Theology of Criticism (Oxford), was named a "Distinguished Publication" in 2008 by the American Academy of Religion.
Meghan Sullivan is a Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O’Brien Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame. She also serves as the Director of the University Philosophy Requirement. Her research focuses on philosophical problems concerning time, modality, rational planning and religious belief. She teaches courses at all levels, including large introductory courses like "God and the Good Life" and specialized graduate seminars on metaphysics, philosophical logic, and rationality. She holds a PhD from Rutgers University, a BPhil from the University of Oxford, and a BA from University of Virginia. Sullivan is author Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence (Oxford University Press, 2018), and has written for The Huffington Post, Commonweal, and First Things.