This fall the Office of Mission will host “Celebrating Francis: 5 Years as Pope,” an inaugural University Mission Symposium focused on the first Jesuit pontiff’s thoughts on the environment, human suffering, interreligious dialogue, family life, and more.

The event is scheduled for Oct 11-14, 2018 at Regis’ Northwest Denver Campus.

Honored guests include Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Sister Patricia Murray of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome.



Thursday October 11, 2018

Session 1: A Pope from the Americas

            Bishop Jorge Rodríguez, S.T.L., D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Denver)

            Dr. Timothy Matovina, Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN)

            Dr. M. T. Davila, Ph.D. (Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, MA)


Conference Keynote Address: Pope Francis: Mercy in a Suffering World

Sr. Patricia Murray, IBVM, Ph.D. (Executive Secretary, International Union of Superiors General, Rome)


Friday October 12, 2018

            Session 2: The Cry of the Earth and “Laudato Sí

            Sr. Shalet Mendonca, S.T.D. (Sisters of Bethany, Mangalore, India)

Hon. William Ritter (Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University; 41st Governor of Colorado)


Lunch Session: Gaudete et exsultate: The Call to Holiness in a Suffering World (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Dr. Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Ph.D., (Professor of Theology, Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Seattle University, WA)

By invitation only


Session 3: The Cry of the Poor and Encounters at the Margins

                        Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J. (Executive Director, Kino Border Project, Nogales, AZ)

Sr. Julia Prinz, VDMF, Ph.D. (Director, Women of Wisdom and Action initiative, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA)     


Conference Plenary Address: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel

                        Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, S.T.D. (Archbishop of Chicago, IL)


Saturday October 13, 2018

Session 4: The Joy of Love: “Amoris Laetitia” and Family Life in the 21st Century

Bishop Steven Biegler, S.T.L., D.D. (Bishop of Cheyenne, WY)

Dr. Thomas M. Burke, MD (Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Casper, WY)

Dr. Mary Frances Burke, MD (Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Casper, WY)

Dr. Julie Hanlon-Rubio, Ph.D. (Professor of Christian Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA)


Lunch Session: The Joy of the Gospel and the Common Good in American Civic Life (BY INVITATION ONLY)

Rev. William O’Neill, S.J., Ph.D. (Lo Schiavo Chair in Catholic Social Thought, University of San Francisco, CA) 

By invitation only


Session 5: The Joy of the Gospel in Interfaith and Ecumenical Engagement

Fr. Joe Daoust, S.J. (Superior, Pine Ridge Indian Mission, SD; former general counselor to the Jesuit superior general in Rome.)

Rabbi Abie Ingber (Director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH)

Imam ShemsAdeen Ben Masaud (Imam and Religious Director at Masjid Ikhlas, the Metropolitan Denver-North Islamic Center, Denver, CO)

Dr. Boyung Lee, Ph.D. (Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO)


In common parlance, “symposium” denotes a gathering or meeting for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers address or discuss a topic before an audience. The derivation of “symposium” – from two Greek words meaning “drinking together” – adds another important element, that of friendship, conviviality, and festivity. The conversations may be profound and urgent, but the human element of friendly dialogue remains present in a true symposium.

The “Regis University Mission Symposium” designates such a gathering. It serves three overlapping “conversations.” First, this symposium offers an opportunity for the Regis community – faculty and students, administrators and staff, trustees, alumni, and benefactors – to meet together to reflect on and discuss themes central to the Jesuit Catholic character of Regis University. Second, this symposium aims to make a key contribution to the public life of the civic community to which we belong, and to make that contribution precisely as a university. Third, as a Jesuit Catholic university, we seek to engage the Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Denver, to contribute to the faith life of our people, and to extend genuine hospitality and create a space for thoughtful dialogue with all religious communities and with members of our region who do not profess explicit religious faith. For the inaugural University Mission Symposium, we have chosen to focus on the current leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, Pope Francis, on the fifth anniversary of his election as pope.


We are working out the details and will have a completed schedule of events soon. Please check back for updates.