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St. Procopius Joins Lumen Christi West Suburban Catholic Culture Series

St. Procopius Abbey is supporting, as a member of the host committee, the West Suburban Catholic Culture Series, presented by the Lumen Christi Institute.

This year’s series will focus on: A Catholic Vision of the Person and the World. The series includes monthly lectures held at Ruth Lake Country Club in Hinsdale. Cocktails are served at 6:30pm, with a dinner and lecture to follow at 7pm. The evening concludes with a presenter Q&A from 8-8:30pm.

Abbot Austin Murphy was a presenter for the series in 2021, and now returns in a more

permanent role.

Lumen Christi explains this year's theme further:

In a 1965 address to the United Nations General Assembly, Pope Paul VI described the Catholic Church as “an expert in humanity.” The Church could teach the U.N. because the Church understood human hearts and human institutions.Bishop Robert Barron has explained the pope’s words in the following manner: "The Church has two thousand years of watching the human condition unfold – two thousand years of saints and sinners, two thousand years of confessions, two thousand years of great artists, mystics, and scholars. The Church is an expert in humanity. It understands the human heart, what gives it joy and how it get off the rails. That’s something the Church brings to the wider world, this great expertise in humanity."

A Catholic vision of the world is not cramped or cordoned-off, with “religion” over here and the vast secular world over there. For humans to be made “in the image of God,” all creation—all activities and acts—must look in some way back to its Creator.

Remaining Lectures in the Series for 2022-23:

  • November 2: Doing Evil that Good May Come? Catholic Teaching on Justice in War - John Schwenkler

  • March (Date and presenter to be determined): Just Price? Towards a Catholic Economy and Market

  • April 12: “Power over the works of Your Hand” Man’s Stewardship of Creation - Rev. Terrence Ehrnman, CSC

  • May 10: Man and Woman He Made Them. The Church’s Vision of Sex & Gender - Abagail Favale

You can register for the semester, the year, or for individual sessions at:


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