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Luigi Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity
Presented by The Sheen Center & Crossroads Cultural Center
Saturday, June 22, 2019 @ 6:00PM
A Friend on the Road to the Mystery
A dialogue on the distinctive features of Luigi Giussani’s proposal for Christian education.
Msgr. Luigi Giussani is well-known as the founder of the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation. He is less known for being an original and innovative thinker and educator, who was able to break through the conventional opposition between liberalism and traditionalism, and to propose Christianity in a way that answers the challenges of our time. To make his thought known to a wider public, Crossroads, in collaboration with CL, has established the “Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity” to annually present a specific aspect of Fr. Giussani’s rich theological and pedagogical thought.
Timothy P. O’Malley is the director of education at the McGrath Institute for Church Life and academic director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy. He holds a concurrent appointment in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.
He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame majoring in theology and philosophy. His M.T.S. is in liturgical studies also from the University of Notre Dame. And he completed a doctorate at Boston College in theology and education, focusing on an Augustinian approach to liturgical formation. He researches and teaches at Notre Dame in the areas of liturgical-sacramental theology, marriage and family, catechesis, and spirituality. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Off the Hook: God, Love, Dating, and Marriage in a Hookup World (Ave Maria Press, 2018) and Lift Up Your Hearts: Liturgical Formation in the RCIA (Liturgical Press, 2019). He is currently working on a multi-volume work on the history of liturgical formation beginning with St. Augustine. Dr. O’Malley is married and has two children. He is originally from Knoxville, TN.
Dr. John E. Zucchi is a professor and chair of the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University. He is author of The Little Slaves of the Harp and Italians in Toronto. He is the translator of The Religious Sense by Luigi Giussani.
After completing his PhD at the University of Toronto, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge, before joining McGill. He teaches in the area of Canadian history and his research and books are in the areas of migration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and religion. His most recent books are Mad Flight? The Quebec Migration to the Coffee Plantations of Brazil (2018), and Le Collège pontifical canadien: Une tradition toujours vivante, 125 ans d’histoire (2015) . Zucchi is currently working on a book on late nineteenth-century failed migrations. He has also translated two works by Luigi Giussani, The Religious Sense and The Journey to Truth is an Experience. John Zucchi is president of the Univers Culturel de Saint-Sulpice, a former president of the Newman Association of Montreal and of the English Speaking Catholic Council, and is responsible for the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation in Canada.