Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella to deliver 2014 Keeley Vatican Lecture

by Monica Caro

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and Titular Archbishop of Vicohabentia, will deliver the 2014 Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 26) in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Archbishop Fisichella’s lecture, titled “The Role of the Church in Contemporary Society,” is free and open to the public.

Ordained a priest in 1976, Archbishop Fisichella is an esteemed theologian and educator. He taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome for two decades, after which Pope John Paul II appointed him rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and president of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. A thoughtful and eloquent spokesman for Catholic views at the intersection of Church, state and society, Archbishop Fisichella was appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. An appointment to the Pontifical Council for Culture followed. In both of these roles, the archbishop has demonstrated his concern for the common good and his compassion for the individual soul. Archbishop Fisichella was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Notre Dame in 2006.

The annual Terrence R. Keeley Vatican Lecture provides the Notre Dame community with the opportunity to interact with distinguished representatives from the Holy See and significant dioceses of Europe. Past lecturers have included Cardinal Angelo Amato, Cardinal Walter Kasper, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop Charles J. Brown and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès.

More information on Archbishop Fisichella’s visit and an archive of past lectures is available at nanovic.nd.edu.

Contact: Monica Caro, Nanovic Institute, 574-631-3547, mcaro@nd.edu