A Life in Service of the Truth: The Legacy of Fr. Paul Mankowski, SJ

Oct 8, 2021
University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
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Gary A. AndersonUniversity of Notre Dame

Kevin Flannery, S.J.Pontifical Gregorian University

Fr. Paul Mankowski (1953 – 2020) was a brilliant essayist, a singular wit, and a devoted son of the Church. Born in South Bend, Indiana, he put himself through the University of Chicago while working summers in a steel mill. Called to a vocation with the Society of Jesus, Fr. Paul entered the novitiate in 1976 before studying Classics at Oxford and Semitic languages at Harvard.

Though lacking all instincts for self-promotion, Fr. Paul quickly gained a reputation for his erudition and his razor-sharp intellect.  He suffered greatly for his loyalty to the Church before finding a home at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago. Having returned to his alma mater, he served as a fulcrum of intellectual and spiritual formation for countless students. In passing away unexpectedly on September 3, 2020, Fr. Paul Mankowski left a legacy of principled and courageous allegiance to the Church and her tradition of integrated intellectual and spiritual life.

This event will celebrate the life and legacy of Fr. Paul Mankowski through a conversation with Professor Gary Anderson (University of Notre Dame), who will comment on Fr. Paul’s work as a scholar. and Fr. Kevin Flannery, SJ ( Pontifical Gregorian University), who will reflect on Fr. Paul’s life as a Jesuit (with Fr. Paul’s letters as a point of departure).

Gary A. Anderson is the Hesburgh Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD from Harvard University. An expert in all aspects of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible theology and history, Anderson’s research focuses on the reception of the Bible in early Judaism and Christianity, the book of Genesis, the Pentateuch, and the book of Tobit. He has won numerous awards including grants from the American Philosophical Society, Lilly Endowment, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University. He is author of the critically acclaimed Sin: A History and most recently Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition.

Kevin Flannery, SJ, is Ordinary Professor of the History of Ancient Philosophy at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he previously served as Dean of the Philosophy Faculty. Fr. Flannery is the author of many works on ethics and on the history of logic, including Acts Amid Precepts: The Aristotelian Logical Structure of Thomas Aquinas's Moral Theory. He received his DPhil from the University of Oxford.