John Cardinal Glennon Lecture

In 2013, the philosophy faculty of Cardinal Glennon College established the annual John Cardinal Glennon Lecture as a complement to the Kenrick School of Theology’s annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture. The Glennon Lecture provides the seminarians and the wider public an opportunity to be formed by some of the most eminent philosophers in the United States.

5th Annual Glennon Lecture: February 27, 2017

Date: Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                                       *Please note change of date

Location: Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Auditorium, 5200 Glennon Drive, St. Louis, MO 63119.

Speaker: Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. PhD

Fr. Spitzer is a Catholic Priest in the Jesuit order (Society of Jesus) and is currently the President of the Magis Center and the Spitzer Center. He was the President of Gonzaga University from 1998 to 2009. Fr. Spitzer is currently appearing weekly on EWTN in “Father Spitzer’s Universe.” He has published eight books and is currently writing (at least) three new books. Fr. Spitzer has also written an online Encyclopedia of Reason and Faith which responds to questions about the evidence for God, Creation, and the transmateriality of human consciousness as well as questions concerning the historicity of Jesus.

Topic: “Contemporary Faith and Science”

This annual lecture is sponsored by Cardinal Glennon College. While it free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested by February 23rd. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to our Facebook event or contact Rita Angeles at 314-792-6100 or

Previous Glennon Lectures

Click the speakers’ names to link to a recording of the lecture.

  • 2016: Dr. Gregory Beabout – Proclamation, Oration, and the New Evangelization: The Third Luminous Mystery and the Role of Rhetoric in the Philosophical Education of Future Priests
  • 2015: Dr. Francis J. Beckwith – Faith, Reason, and American Public Life
  • 2014: Dr. Janet Smith – The Universality of Natural Law and the Irreducibility of Personalism
  • 2013: Dr. Peter Kreeft  Blaise Pascal and the New Evangelization

About John Cardinal Glennon (1862-1946)

John Joseph Glennon was born in Kinnegad County, Meath, Ireland, on June 14, 1862. He was ordained to the priesthood in Ireland in 1884 and was immediately assigned to ministry in Missouri. He became the Archbishop of St. Louis in 1903. Cardinal Glennon was seen as the “great builder,” overseeing such major architectural projects such as the Cathedral of St. Louis (later to be named a basilica), Kenrick Seminary (now the Cardinal Rigali Center) and Cardinal Glennon College, the current home of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.