Pastors Not Princes: the 2014 Gonzaga Lectures in Glasgow

The 2014 Gonzaga Lectures at St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow will provide four reflections on Pope Francis’ Address to the Nuncios under the heading: Pastors Not Princes. Speakers will be drawn from religious life and academia, from politics and the hierarchy, in the lectures on Tuesday evenings through March. They will consider the impact that Pope Francis has had upon the Church and more widely since his election last March. The first lecture (on Tuesday 4 March) – by author, commentator and former Librarian of Heythrop College, London, Michael Walsh – is entitled From Pope to Pastor: Putting Pope Francis in his Place. Mr Walsh has been writing books on church history and the papacy since the late 1970s. He is a regular contributor to The Tablet, and frequently appears on radio or television as a commentator on Catholic - especially papal - affairs. The following week (Tuesday 11 March), the subject of the Gonzaga Lecture will be Pope Francis and the World: Holy See Diplomacy under the First Jesuit Pope. The speaker will be Ambassador Nigel Baker, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See and Diplomat since 1989, who was in Rome during the Conclave that elected Pope Francis in March 2013. On Tuesday 18 March, St Aloysius’ College will welcome Bishop Stephen Robson of Dunkeld, who was installed at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Dundee, last January. He will present a Personal and Episcopal Reflection on Pope Francis’ Address to the Nuncios. From 1998 – 2006, Bishop Robson was spiritual director at the Pontifical Scots College in Rome, before being made Episcopal Vicar for Education and Chancellor from 2007 – 2013. The Gonzaga Lectures will conclude on Tuesday 25 March with Sister Frances Orchard CJ imagining a conversation between Pope Francis and Mary Ward, the founder of the Congregation of Jesus, of which she is the Provincial Superior. Sr Frances has been closely involved in education and educational consultancy over many years and recently completed nine years in Rome as Vicar General of her Congregation. The Gonzaga Lectures were first established in 1995 as part of St Aloysius’ College’s outreach to the wider community. They take their inspiration from the centuries old Jesuit patronage of intellectual enquiry and spiritual development. The annual lectures are named after St Aloysius Gonzaga (pictured above), a 16th century Jesuit who died at the age of 23 as a result of caring for the victims of the plague in Rome. The breadth of their topics over the past 19 years witnesses to their relevance to the life of the Church and society in present day Glasgow. This year’s lectures will take place in St Aloysius’ College Hall, commencing at 7:30pm. Admission will be free but donations will be welcome.