Tuesdays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15
Gavin House, 1220 East 58th Street
6:00pm: Dinner
6:30pm: Presentation


Intended for university students and recent graduates. Others interested in attending please contact info@lumenchristi.org.

Registrants are free to attend as many sessions as they choose. Sessions do not presuppose previous attendance or prior knowledge of the subject.


“The devout Christian of the future will either be a ‘mystic’ – one who has ‘experienced’ something  – or he will cease to be anything at all” 

                    – Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations VII

Who is the modern mystic? The study of the history of mysticism, pioneered by scholars like Bernard McGinn, has helped uncover the theological genius of writers and thinkers within the tradition of Christianity who fall outside of the neat parameters of systematic theology. Is the mystic in the modern world different from mystics of previous generations? In this no-prep required non-credit course, professors like Bernard McGinn, Anne Astell, and others will introduce participants to modern mystics from both within and beyond the Catholic tradition addressing Therese of Lisieux, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Gustavo Gutierrez, Edith Stein, and Howard Thurman.



6:00 PM Dinner | 6:30 PM Lecture

October 4 | Modern Mystics, Intro (Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago)

October 11 | Therese of Lisieux (Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago)

October 18 | Simone Weil (Anne Astelle, Notre Dame)

October 25 | Gustavo Gutierrez (Raul Zegarra, University of Chicago)

November 1 | Edith Stein (Peter Bernardi, Lumen Christi Institute)

November 8 | Thomas Merton (Bernard McGinn, University of Chicago)

November 15 | Howard Thurman (Maurice Charles, University of Chicago)