Mercy, Always, in Everything, Mercy
The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies presents:
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.
- February 12, 2016, 1:30 p.m.
Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center
Internationally acclaimed preacher, speaker, and writer, Timothy Radcliffe is director of the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars Hall at University of Oxford, which is dedicated to promoting social justice and human rights.
A Dominican friar of the English province, he worked as university chaplain in London, taught theology at Oxford for many years, and then served as global master of his religious community, the Order of Preachers. In that role, he traveled to every continent. Pope Francis appointed Radcliffe as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, which works with various international organizations and ecumenical religious groups in carrying out its mission.
Known for his progressive and inclusive vision of the Church, Radcliffe is the author of What Is the Point of Being a Christian? (2005), for which he won the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize, awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the “most promising contemporary theological writing from the global Church.” Among his other most recent books are I Call You Friends (2013) and Why Go to Church? The Drama of the Eucharist (2008).
“So the challenge for the Church is to become the sort of community that can speak convincingly about God, which is to say a place of mercy and mutual delight, of joy and freedom.” ~ Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P.
“Mercy, always, in everything, mercy,” Thomas Merton wrote in his journal, Turning Toward the World. This prayer of the Trappist monk, mystic, and prophet — whose centenary we celebrate in 2015 — expresses faith in the God who is Mercy and who calls all to be “signs and sacraments of mercy.” Pope Francis is certainly such a sign, embodying mercy in his words, his actions, and his very person. Fittingly, Pope Francis has proclaimed a year-long Jubilee of Mercy to begin in December 2015. The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies joins in the celebration with this year’s lecture series.
We have invited our speakers to reflect on mercy in the context of their work, writings, and lives. Each, in his or her own way, has much to teach us about mercy: what it is, how urgently it is needed in our Church and world, and how we might become a people of mercy, creating what Pope Francis calls “an oasis of mercy,” what Thomas Merton terms a “climate of mercy,” and what Elaine Prevallet, S.L., names “pockets of hope.” Speaking from a place of faith and attentive to the “signs of the times,” our lecturers do not shy away from difficult questions and issues; rather, they confront the problems and challenges before us with integrity, courage, and mercy, inviting us to do the same.
Please join us in welcoming to the Shannon Chair podium our distinguished speakers: John Dear, Tina Beattie, Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., and Emmanuel Katongole.