Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series

Shadia Judeh

September 27th, 2017

Heidi Schlumpf Photo Courtesy: SXU

Saint Xavier University (SXU) and the Office for Mission & Heritage will be hosting the Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series at Saint Xavier University on Thursday, October 5.

The event will take place in the Butler Reception Room from 6:30 pm to 8. pm. The lecture is free and open to the SXU community and public.

The Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series began at SXU in 2006. According to the university’s website, its purpose is to honor the responsibilities of a Catholic university; which are to serve its students, faculty, staff, and the broader Catholic and civic communities by providing opportunities to examine contemporary civic, religious, and social questions in the light of a vibrant, socially committed faith. Speakers in this series also explore ideas and issues that foster the development of healthy, active spiritual lives.

This year, the university has invited National Catholic Reporter (NCR) and Journalist, Heidi Schlumpf. Schlumpf’s lecture is entitled “Read All About It: Voices & Trends Influencing Catholic Media Today”.

SXU offers a brief description of the lecture: Where do you get your news and information about the Catholic church? In this program, Catholic journalist, Heidi Schlumpf, will give an overview on the state of Catholic media today — from the rise of the Catholic blogosphere, to the decline of many diocesan newspapers, to the publications she believes are most successful. In today’s fast-changing media landscape when secular journalism is also under attack, Catholic media can serve as a model — and warning –about the importance of media in our lives.Schlumpf graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.

In 2000, she went on to receive a Master’s in Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.

Besides the many degrees that Schlumpf has earned, she also has an impressive work background. In 2008, she became an associate Professor at Aurora University.

She currently works as a correspondent for NCR and is a freelance writer for both InTrust Magazine and Publishers Weekly.

In 2009, Schlumpf released her first book, While We Wait: Spiritual and Practical Advice for Those Trying to Adopt (ACTA, 2009). Her son and daughter, who were adopted from Vietnam and China, were the subjects of her book. A year later, she published her second book, The Notre Dame Book of Prayer (Ave Maria, 2010). More recently, she has released a theological biography entitled, Elizabeth Johnson: Questing for God (People of God) published Liturgical Press (2016).

She has spent nearly three decades in religion journalism.

Senior student, Luiza Murdiz, says, “I think that it will definitely be something interesting to attend. I’ve never attending anything like this before”.

Past speakers include John F. Deane, Archbishop Blase Cupich, Kerry Weber, Jack Jezreel, Mary Christine Athans, Helen Marie Burns, Janet Ruffing, John Allen Jr. and many more that can be found on the school’s website.

For those interested in past lectures, the SXU website says that most of the Catholic Colloquium lectures (2006-present) are available in DVD format. You can pick up the DVDs from the Robert and Mary Rita Murphy Stump Library at Saint Xavier University. Titles may be viewed at the SXU Library website. DVDs may be borrowed for a week or viewed at the library.

For more information about the Catholic Colloquium Lecture Series, please contact the Mercy Ministry Center at 773-298-3900.

To read more about past speakers visit

Shadia Judeh

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