Cardinal George to give keynote address for conference on moral and spiritual renewal


Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago, will give the keynote address at an ecumenical conference of scholars, students, professional people and social activists at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct.2) in the University of Notre Dame’s McKenna Hall auditorium.p. The conference, “Formation and Renewal,” is being sponsored by the University’s Center for Ethics and Culture to explore “sources of moral and spiritual renewal, reform, and formation in a culture marked by the loss of meaning and direction.”p. Cardinal George, who has served as archbishop of Chicago since 1997, has written, edited or contributed chapters to numerous books, including “Inculturation and Ecclesial Communion,” “Evangelizing American Culture,” “The Church and Cultures,” “The Church and the Kingdom,” “Bishops and the Splendor of Truth,” “Missionaries and Native Peoples of North America: Lessons for the Church Today? ?Justice,” “Bishops and Theologians” and “Knowledge of God.”p. More than 100 papers will be presented during the conference, which will include two panel discussions of particular interest to the Notre Dame community.p. At 10:45 a.m. Oct. 3 (Friday), John McGreevy, John A. O’Brien associate professor and chair of history, will discuss his recent book, “Catholicism and American Freedom,” with Notre Dame colleagues Rev. Michael J. Baxter, C.S.C., assistant professor of theology, Phillip Gleason, professor emeritus of history, and Alasdair MacIntyre, professor of philosophy.p. Also on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Marvin R. O?Connell, professor emeritus of history, will lead a discussion on “Edward Sorin: The French Connection and the American Dream.” Father O’Connell’s most recent book, “Edward Sorin,” is the definitive biography of the French priest who founded the University in 1842.p. Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president emeritus, will chair the discussion.p. Contact: Daniel McInerny at 574-631-3788 , or The conference Web site is at

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