The next season of Archbishop’s Lecture Series seeks to teach attendees how to live as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.
The season kicks off on Aug. 31 with Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, Heritage Foundation scholar and advocate for religious liberty and protecting the institution of marriage. Anderson has appeared on several major media outlets defending marriage as being defined between one man and one woman, and has written extensively on the subject, including in his book “Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.”
Other slated speakers for this season of Archbishop’s Lecture Series include Dr. Pia de Solenni, Dr. Francis Beckwith, and son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Father Paul Scalia.
Archdiocese of Denver Chancellor David Uebbing was in charge of gathering speakers for this season of the lecture series, and sought to build on Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila’s desire for the faithful of the archdiocese to understand what it means to be a disciple.
“[Disipleship] is a relationship with Christ, and that relationship and the dialogue that is involved forms and directs your life,” Uebbing said. “[I] wanted to find people who could convey what it’s been like for them to follow Christ as a disciple, but also their own academic backgrounds and insights into that.”
Uebbing hopes this line up of speakers will help people find “inspiration for their own lives, what it means to be a disciple in the different vocations and what it means to follow God in difficult times.”
Past speakers at Archbishop’s Lecture Series have included Dr. Johnathan Reyes, Mother Mary Agnes Donovan and Dr. Scott Hahn. Uebbing noted that the growth in attendance between the 2014-2015 season and this last season was exceptional; for Dr. Hahn’s talk, people had to be turned away because registration had become so full. Uebbing is hopeful that it continues to grow and be a place where people can come to be fed.
“This last year was a really good year for the lecture series,” he said. “It’s really become this place where people come to be fed, and they come for community. [The goals] are to create an intellectual and spiritual community through the lecture series and build up the Church in northern Colorado.”
Featured image: Archbishop’s Lecture Series has steadily grown each year. Dr. Scott Hahn delivered the final talk of last year’s season and drew over 300 people. (Photo by Andrew Wright | Denver Catholic)