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On Monday, October 4, 2021 at 6 PM central time, Resident Scholar Gerald Schlabach will give the 8th Annual Doris H. Murphy Memorial Lecture about why Catholics and Mennonites need each other. This is the conviction that animates the ecumenical group Bridgefolk, in which Doris Murphy was an enthusiastic participant.
Dr. Gerald W. Schlabach, emeritus professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, is one of the co-founders and longtime leaders of Bridgefolk. In this year’s Doris Murphy lecture, Schlabach will explain what Catholics and Mennonites can learn from one another and share his vision for how Catholics can heed their call to be peacemakers by being the “pilgrim people” that the Second Vatican Council envisioned. Dr. Schlabach’s most recent book is A Pilgrim People: Becoming a Catholic Peace Church.
This lecture series was established in 2014 in memory of Doris H. Murphy (1937-2011), a former Faith Formation Director at St. Bridget Church and a teacher, writer, lecturer, and mentor who had a passion for catechesis, social justice, scripture study, liturgy, the Eucharist, Vatican II, and Environmental Spirituality. In her own words, most of her work was “trying to put together theology and the people of God.” 2021 is the 10th anniversary of Doris’ death.
This lecture will be held in person at St. Bridget Catholic Church (211 E. Division St., River Falls, WI) and live-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/saintbridget.