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Diocese Establishes Blessed John Paul II Legacy Series

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The Diocese of Raleigh has announced the beginning of an annual Legacy Lecture Series exploring the life and writings of Blessed John Paul II. The inaugural series is scheduled to take place at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, November 14, 15 and 16, 2011, at 7:00 PM.

Mr. Robert Jones, Diocesan Director of Evangelization, says Bishop Michael F. Burbidge brought forth the concept for the Legacy Series upon the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II. Each year, the Series will provide three presentations. This year’s presenters are:

Very Rev. James F. Garneau, V.F., Pastor of St. Mary Church in Mount Olive and Dean of the Newton Grove Deanery.  Father Garneau has a Ph.D. in Church History from Catholic University of America. His topic will be “The Millennialism of John Paul II and the Purification of Historical Memory.” 

Dr. Paul J. Griffiths, Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke University. The author of ten books, Dr. Griffiths was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1996. He has held academic positions at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago and the university of Illinois-Chicago. Dr. Griffiths will discuss “John Paul II on Art and Artists.”

Dr. Christopher Wolfe, co-director of the Thomas International Center, an educational institute that encourages students to pursue wisdom, through the development of intellectual and moral virtue. Dr. Wolfe is emeritus professor of political science at Marquette University, where his research and teaching for 30 years focused on constitutional law and political philosophy. Dr. Wolfe’s topic will be “John Paul II on the Distinctive Role of the lay Faithful.”

The three presentations are open to the public. Registration is not required. For additional information, contact Mr. Robert Jones at 919-821-9740 or rob.jones@raldioc.org.

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