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Speaker Series

Fr. Martin Zielinski


September 19, 2018

7:00pm in the Main Church

The Catholic Church in Times of Crisis and Challenge: An Historical Perspective.

This presentation will examine two times of crisis and challenge for the Catholic Church – The Great Western Schism/Council of Constance and the French Revolution. These examples will be used to understand how the Catholic Church responded during these times of crisis. With this historical background, the last part of the presentation will address the current situation of the Catholic Church with regard to the recent news stories about Cardinal McCarrick and the Grand Jury Report of Pennsylvania.

Fr. Martin Zielinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained in 1978. Since 1988, he has taught Church History – Medieval, Reformation, Modern, and American – at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He has served as Academic Dean and Vice-President for the Ongoing Formation of Priests during his years at the seminary. Fr. Zielinski has published articles in U.S. Catholic Historians, Chicago Studies, and The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History.

All events are free and open to the public.

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Lake Forest, IL 60045

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Past Events

November 29, 2017

Encountering Jesus in Our Neighborhood

An important part of living a happy and fulfilling life includes being part of a close-knit community where you can share, help, and support people who need it.  Sr. Kathleen Long has devoted her life to helping others. Through her work at Community Social Services in Waukegan (Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Gary Graf Center, and the House of Peace) she has tirelessly fed the hungry, helped families seek a better life in our great country, and sheltered women and children who needed a safe place to live.  


Come hear incredible stories about those she has helped and what has been made possible as a result of the generosity from our parishioners at St. Patrick Church.

Dr. William A. Thomas

Roman Catholic Theologian Director, Pope Saint John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies

October 10, 2017

100th Anniversary of Fátima and Our Lady's Message


Dr. Thomas has published over 2,000 articles on the Blessed Virgin Mary and related devotional articles.  He is currently pursuing a second doctorate at the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum in Rome with a thesis on St. Bernadette of Lourdes and her link with Blessed Pope Pius IX.  He is the custodian of the Sacred Relics of Saint John Paul II which accompany him.  Come see the blood of Saint John Paul II; the hair of Saint John Paul II; the bone of Saint Ann, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary; the personal rosary of Saint John Paul II; and other relics.

Dr. Elizabeth Nagel

Professor of Sacred Scriptures in Catholic Seminaries

September 25, 2017

Discipleship:  A Lifelong Mission to Manifest God’s Kingdom around Us


To grasp more fully what discipleship entails in the gospel according to Matthew, we will look closely at Jesus’ view of a human life, the “kingdom” gifts (more than natural talents) that equip us for the mission, how much it matters to Jesus that every baptized person bears fruit, and why we resist the habit of constantly changing (metanoia) that is the identifying mark of every disciple.

Dr. Nagel has a M.A. in Theology with a major in Scripture from Mount Angel Seminary, OR;  S.S.L. and S.S.D. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy. Formerly, Professor of Sacred Scripture for fourteen years in the Theology Division of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at Overbrook in Wynnewood, PA. Author of Be a Blessing. A Spring of Refreshment on the Road of Daily Life, articles in Chicago Studies and the Bible Today, book reviews for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and contributor to Give us This Day: Daily Prayer for Today’s Catholic by Liturgical Press. Lived in Israel for one year and was a Scripture Resource person for numerous Study Tours and pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Primarily interested in teaching Sacred Scripture in a way that helps contemporary Christians enter into the biblical text and hear, for themselves, God who speaks there. Additional professional work includes courses, lectures, symposia, and theological updates for lay adults, priests, parishes, religious orders and candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in the Dioceses of Philadelphia, PA, and Dioceses of Wilmington, DE, Allentown, PA, Camden, NJ, Harrisburg, PA, Pensacola, FL, Buffalo, NY, and Portland, OR.

Ed Wehmer

President and Chief Executive Officer of Wintrust Financial Corp

May 17, 2017

Mr. Ed Wehmer, a founder of Wintrust Financial Corp., has served as its President and Chief Executive Officer since May 1998.  Prior to May 1998, Mr. Wehmer served as Wintrust’s President and Chief Operating Officer since its formation in 1996. He served as the Preisdent of Lake Forest Bank from 1991 to 1998.  Mr. Wehmer is active in the community and serves on the boards of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and the Catholic Extension Society, on the audit committee of Northwestern Memorial Health Care, as a trustee for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital and Foundation, and on the Finance Board of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please join us for an insightful and interesting evening about "Faith in the Workplace".

Fr. David Kelly

Catholic priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood

March 15, 2017

David Kelly is a Catholic priest of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He is the Executive Director of the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR), a restorative justice project/community in the Back-of-the-Yards/Englewood communities.For more than thirty years he has worked as a chaplain in Cook County Jail and Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P. is President Emeritus and Chancellor of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago

December 06, 2016

Fr. Don Senior was appointed in 2003 by Pope John Paul ll to the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Serves at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago

September 27, 2016

"Chopped" champion on the Food Network’s reality TV cooking show. 

Rev. Patrick McGrath

Loyola Academy's President, popular retreat leader, and homilist

April 13, 2016

Patrick McCaskey

Chicago Bears Board Member and Senior Director of Special Projects

January 20, 2016

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