Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture

Named after the first Archbishop of St. Louis, Peter Richard Kenrick, this lecture series fosters the spiritual and academic growth of priests, deacons, and others who serve the Church.

The Class of 1944 established the Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture after deciding that they wanted to “contribute to the development of future priests and bishops.” Together, they created the Peter Richard Kenrick Chair of Pastoral Theology Endowment to perpetually fund the lecture series and provide lasting support to their beloved seminary.

2015 Lecture

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Lecture: Sacred Liturgy: Great Mystery, Great Mercy
Lecturer: Most Reverend Peter J. Elliott
Location: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Auditorium
The annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture is free and open to the public. Limited seating is available; please RSVP to or 314-792-6100 by October 2nd.

Previous Lectures

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2014: Dr. Thomas MaddenCatholics and History: Seeking Truth, Dispelling Myths, and Finding the Holy Spirit Across the Centuries

2013: Fr. Dennis McManusFrom Pius XI to Francis: Catholic-Jewish Relations Under Seven Popes

2012: Fr. James Swetnam, S.J.Catholicism as Shared Adventure

2011: Fr. Roch Kereszty, O.Cist.Priests for the New Evangelization: Reflections on the Priestly Ideal of John Paul II and Benedict XVI

2010: Father Joseph T. Lienhard, SJPope Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible

2009: Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM, Cap.The Council of Chalcedon and Some Contemporary Christology Issues

2008: Dr. Thomas HilgersNFP and NaPro Technology

2007: Msgr. Brian Ferme, D.Phil., JCDInfallibility Revisited: Beyond Ex Cathedra Pronouncements

2006: Mr. George Weigel – Pope Benedict XVI and the Catholic Future: A Global View

2005: Father Joseph A. Fitzmyer, SJ – The Ossuary of James and Its Implications

2004: No Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture presented

2003: His Eminence Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ – Philosophy and Priestly Formation

2002: Msgr. Robert Sokolowski – Phenomenology and the Eucharist

2001: The Honorable Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

2000: His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, OMI, PhD – A New Apologetics for a New Evangelization

1999: Dr. David L. Schindler, Ph.D. – The Catholic Academy and the Order of Intelligence: The Dying of the Light

1998: Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T. – Authority in the Church: Lessons from Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue

1997: Msgr. Kevin Irwin – Liturgical Method: Issues for the Third Millennium

1996: Father John Pawlikoski, O.S.M. Ph.D. – A Faith Without Shadows: Liberating Christian Faith from Anti-Semitism

1995: Msgr. John P. Meier – The Eucharist at the Last Supper: Did It Happen

About Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick (1843-1895)

In 1843, Peter Richard Kenrick became the second bishop of the Diocese of Saint Louis. Five years later he became its first Archbishop. During his more than 50 years as diocesan ordinary, Kenrick guided the Catholic Church in the Midwest through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. He presided over a vast Archdiocese which included much of the northwest quadrant of what is now the continental United States.

Archbishop Kenrick was an academic and intellectual who made important contributions to the theological dialogue of his time. He was an active participant in several significant topics considered by the Fathers of the First Vatican Council. Furthermore, he was respected by his peers in the hierarchy of the Church as a skilled debater who brought knowledge and understanding to every conversation and inquiry. Throughout his years of service as Archbishop of Saint Louis, Peter Richard Kenrick maintained an unwavering commitment to priestly education and formation for the seminarians of his diocese. Today this Seminary proudly bears his name and honors him with the annual Kenrick Lecture.