Seminars

Mother Of Tenderness Schurz
"Mother of Tenderness" Stephanie Schurz, Iconographer in Training

Ways of Perfection and Devout Lives: Saintliness across Traditions -- Live Zoom Seminars, open to the public.

Seminars are Fridays, 2:30-4:00 pm (EDT/New York time)

Christian tradition knows saintliness as a spiritual quality shared by believers by virtue of their closeness to God, marked for Christians by baptism and their mystical bond with God through Christ. In a special way, Christians venerate those saints whose lives of heroic virtue—for some leading to martyrdom—establish them both as models and intercessors for all those who seek intimacy with the divine. Through live Zoom Seminars we will explore how notions of saintliness are expressed in Christianity and other traditions and cultures. What might we learn from saintly people of various sorts about the journey toward holiness? How can the example of the saints encourage lives of friendship and virtue? These and other questions inspire this World Religions World Church Seminars at the University of Notre Dame. Speakers include John Cavadini, and Catherine Cornille. Organized by Fr. Paul Kollman, CSC, and Gabriel Said Reynolds.

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Videos of past Saintliness Seminar sessions are available here

September 4- Saintliness Across Traditions

Tzvi Novick, Notre Dame, "Saintliness in Rabbinic Literature: Two Types"
Paulinus Odozor, Notre Dame, “Ancestors and Saints: an Ongoing Discussion in African Theology”
Diane Stinton, Regent College, “Universal Sister … A Model of Virtue and Holiness”: Dynamics of Spirituality Illuminated in St. Josephine Bakhita (1869–1947)" 

September 11- Saintly Individuals

Bradley Malkovsky, Notre Dame, "Many Hindu Paths to Holiness: God-Realization in Sri Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi"
Ann Astell, Notre Dame, "Saint Therese of Lisieux in the Communion of the Saints"
Catherine Cornille, Boston College, "Meister Eckhart across Traditions"

September 18-Saintliness in Islam 

Martino Diez, Catholic University of Milan, "Milestones of Saintliness in Islam: A Journey in Four Stages"
Reyhan Durmaz, University of Pennsylvania, "St. Anthony of Egypt between Christianity and Islam"
Mun'im Sirry, Notre Dame, “The Ascetic Jesus in Early Islam: Defining Piety in the Kitab al-Zuhd Genre”

September 25-Saintliness in Islam 

Gabriel Said Reynolds, Notre Dame, "Repentance and the Path to Saintliness in the Thought of Ibn Qudama"
Nayla Tabbara, Adyan (Beirut), “Walaya between Its Ontological and Its Existential Understanding”
Mourad Takawi, Incarnate Word, “Blood, Ink, and Tears: Remembering the Lives of Proto-Sunnī Ascetics”

October 2- Friendship/Dialogue

Special Video Message from His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

Minlib Dallh, Oxford, “The Sanctity of Saints: the Hanbali al-Ansari and the Friar de Beaurecueil”
John Cavadini, Notre Dame, “Dialogue and Admiration”
Renee Hattar, Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, “Muslim-Christian Relations: a Middle Eastern Perspective”

October 9- Communities 

Kathleen Cummings, Notre Dame, "American Afterlives: Historicizing Catholic Holiness in the United States"
Leonard DeLorenzo, Notre Dame, “Sanctity and Sacrifice: The Cost of Christian Witness”
Alison Fitchett-Climenhaga, Australian Catholic University, "Making Saints in the Colonies: Communicating Heroic Holiness to Canonize the Uganda Martyrs"

October 16- China

Rob Gimello, Notre Dame, "Abbot, Visionary, and Meditation Master: The Manifold Sanctity of the Holy Monk Jietuo"
Xueying Wang, Loyola University Chicago, “Chinese Literati on Ancestral Rites in the Chinese Rites Controversy: the Example of Yan Mo"
Rui Zhang, East China Normal University, “Mandarin or Christian? Wang Zheng: A story of Conversion in the Ming Dynasty (1571-1644)”

October 23- Icons and Holiness

R. Trent Pomplun, Notre Dame, "Saintliness, Images, and Meditation in Tibetan Buddhism" 
Federico Aguirre Romero, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, “The Icon as Testimony and Way of Saintliness”
Paul Kollman, Notre Dame, "Missionaries as Martyrs: English Catholics within an Iconic Tradition"

October 30- Dialogue and the Other

Rocio Cortés Rodríguez, Notre Dame, “How Scriptural Reasoning Responds to the Cry of the Poor”
Patricia Idoko, Notre Dame, “Christian and Muslim Representation in Nigerian High Schools: The Role of Religious Textbooks and Curriculum”
Lailatul Fitriyah, Notre Dame,  “Weekend Theologies’: Divine Communion, Divine Justice, and Selfhood Among Indonesian Female Migrant Workers in Singapore”