Regis University is pleased to present the inaugural University Mission Symposium in honor of the first five years of Pope Francis. This four-day event is open to anyone. The University Mission Symposium serves as an opportunity to discuss and ponder the vision of Pope Francis for our world and for the Catholic Church in these difficult and confusing times. That vision can be summed up in the striking phrase, “Mercy in a Suffering World.” A nationally and internationally renowned group of speakers seek to address the massive suffering of the poor and marginalized in our world, the suffering of victims of sexual abuse, of immigrants and refugees, and of the earth itself. They’ll ponder what it means to promote authentic peace and cooperation among the major religions of the world, to build up the human civic community and to live lives of authentic holiness and love today.

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Thursday October 11, 2018

3-5 p.m. A Pope from the Americas
St. John Francis Regis Chapel

  • Bishop Jorge Rodríguez, S.T.L., D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Denver)
  • Dr. Timothy Matovina, Ph.D. (Professor and Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN)
  • Dr. M. T. Davila, Ph.D. (Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies, Merrimack College, Boston, MA)

5-7 p.m. Welcome Reception
Mountain View Room, Claver Hall
Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

7-9 p.m. Conference Keynote Address. Pope Francis: Mercy in a Suffering World
St. John Francis Regis Chapel
Sr. Patricia Murray, IBVM, Ph.D. (Executive Secretary, International Union of Superiors General, Rome) 

Friday October 12, 2018

9-11 .am. The Cry of the Earth andLaudato Sí
Regis Field House       

  • Dr. Anselma Dolcich-Ashley, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of the Glynn Family Honors Program, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN
  • Dr. Susan Jacobson, Ph.D. (Professor Emerita, Regis University)
  • Hon. William Ritter (Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University; 41st Governor of Colorado)

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. “Gaudete et Exsultate:” The Call to Holiness in a Suffering World
Mountain View Room, Claver Hall

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

3-5 p.m. Encounters at the Borderlands: Immigration and Marginalization
St. John Francis Regis Chapel

  • Rev. Sean Carroll, S.J. (Executive Director, Kino Border Project, Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Sonora)
  • Sr. Julia Prinz, VDMF, Ph.D. (Director, Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA)

5-7 p.m. Anderson School of Business Reception

7- 9 p.m. Conference Plenary Address: Embracing the Joy of the Gospel in a Church in Crisis
St. John Francis Regis Chapel

  • Dr. J. Matthew Ashley, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN)

Saturday October 13, 2018

9 – 11 a.m. The Joy of Love: “Amoris Laetitia” and Family Life in the 21st Century
St. John Francis Regis Chapel

  • Bishop Steven Biegler, S.T.L.,D.D. (Bishop of Cheyenne, WY)
  • Drs. Thomas M. & Mary Frances Burke, M.D. (Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Casper, WY)
  • Dr. Julie Hanlon-Rubio, Ph.D. (Professor of Christian Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA)

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Joy of the Gospel and the Common Good in American Civic Life
Mountain View Room, Claver Hall

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

3– 5 p.m. The Joy of the Gospel in Interfaith and Ecumenical Engagement
Mountain View Room, Claver Hall

  • Rev. Joe Daoust, S.J. (Superior, Jesuit Community, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD)
  • Rabbi Abie Ingber (Director for the Center for Interfaith Engagement, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH)
  • Imam ShemsAdeen Ben Masaud (Imam and Religious Director, Masjid Ikhlas Metropolitan Denver North Islamic Center, Northglenn, CO)
  • Rev. Dr. Boyung Lee, Ph.D. (Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO)

Sunday, October 14

11 a.m. Mass, Presided by Bishop Steven Biegler
St. John Francis Regis Chapel

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.

Admission to Symposium

Most events are free and open to the public. Register at the link below:


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