WRITER: SARA FASSBENDER
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Release:Oct. 22, 2001
New UI lecture series explores Catholic faith
CITY, Iowa -- Many people have been reexamining their faith since the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks on the United States. A new lecture series at the University
of Iowa might help them on their journey by exploring important religious
concerns and issues.
The Journeys of Faith Speakers' Forum will kick off its series 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 9 in the Pappajohn Business Building's Buchanan Auditorium with
guest speaker the Rev. Lawrence C. Smith, parochial vicar at Jesus Christ,
Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Clinton. Smith will speak on "The
Roman Catholic in Modern America: Bearing Witness to What?" The event
is open to the public.
The forum, sponsored by the Newman Catholic Students' Center and University
Counseling Services, was designed by UI students and staff to explore issues
of Catholic faith and doctrine. It is an extension of the weekly discussion
and support group Journeys in Faith, which meets 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the
Newman Center, 104 E. Jefferson St. Organizers hope to offer a lecture once
On Nov. 9, Smith will offer his thoughts on current Catholic issues and
discuss how the church can help modern Americans.
An essayist, poet, musician and philosopher, Smith's work has been published
in Lyric Iowa, Gilbert magazine, Suggested Readings, the Iowa City Press Citizen
and the Clinton Herald. His work can also be found online at http://www.fathersmith.com.
Originally from Davenport, Smith earned a bachelor's degree in music education
from DePaul University in Chicago and a master's of divinity from the Kenrick
School of Theology in St. Louis. He was ordained a priest in May 1997. He
served as an adjunct faculty member at Mount St. Clare College in Clinton
and as a guest lecturer at St. Meinrard Seminary in Indiana. He has delivered
numerous baccalaureate addresses and parish missions, and served as the assistant
master of ceremonies for Pope John Paul II's visit to St. Louis in 1999. He
helped found the C.S. Lewis Society for the study of Lewis' works while living
in Iowa City.
For more information on the forum or the Journeys in Faith discussion group
at the Newman Center, contact Kathie Staley, Ph.D., at (319) 335-7294.