Archbishop Samuel Aquila is taking the joy of the Gospel to Colorado State University in Fort Collins next week.
The archbishop will be there to discuss Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). The 2013 papal message was written to the bishops, clergy, consecrated persons and the lay faithful on announcing the Gospel.
“Evangelii Gaudium” details the Church’s mission of evangelization in the modern world. Archbishop Aquila will speak about the document’s impact, its implications for society and the unique message Pope Francis has for the faithful.
Titled “Pope Francis and the Joy of Faith in Action,” the talk is put on by Ram Catholic, the Catholic campus ministry organization of Blessed John XXIII University Parish that serves CSU students.
The talk was organized through the Aggiornamento Institute, a Ram Catholic program whose mission is to bring scholars from around the world to speak about “topics that address conflicts with today’s world and the Catholic Church.”
The institute formed out of the announcement of a Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI, who emphasized we must bring the “today” of our times into line with the “today” of God.
“The institute has a way that makes faith concrete,” said Jessica Harris, director of faith formation at Blessed John XXIII. “It helps students see how different walks of life act in the Church.”
Aggiornamento translates literally as “a bringing up to date.”
“Catholic intellectuals of different vocations come to show how you can be Catholic and successful in any academic field you choose,” said Harris.
Previous talks included discussion on stem cell research and different literary topics.
Harris notes that Pope Francis has brought new energy and excitement to young adults in her parish.
“He’s making faith accessible in a new way,” she said. “He’s living by example and is a pope that shows caring concern.”
Archbishop Aquila’s talk, the last of the academic semester, expects to draw somewhere between 200-300 people. Ram Catholic is looking forward to having the shepherd of the Denver Archdiocese at CSU, Harris said.
“He’s the local representative of the Church and of the pope,” she said. “He carries weight and authority given to him by apostles at the local level.”
“Pope Francis and the Joy of Faith in Action” will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31 in the north ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Parking is available just north of the student center and is free after 4 p.m.
Aggiornamento Institute Lecture
When: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31
Where: north ballroom, CSU Lory Student Center
Who: Archbishop Samuel Aquila
Topic: “Pope Francis and the Joy of Faith in Action”