CATH 189 'Images of the Church' Lecture Series

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Register for this Fall 2021 Class!

Students - register now for this one-credit course! For six weeks you'll engage with fascinating speakers and discussion while learning about Catholic perspectives on the mystery of the Church. P/F grade based on attendance and participation.

Catholic Studies: CATH 189

The Catholic Studies course CATH 189 is a series of Fall-semester courses under the theme of “Catholic Thought and Culture.” Iterations of CATH 189 will treat different subjects, such as a doctrine, person, historical or cultural moment, etc., relevant to the overarching theme of Catholic Thought and Culture.

The aim of this course series is to introduce inquiring students (especially freshmen) to aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the context of the Catholic Studies community of students and instructors. We hope to give students a taste of the content and mode of learning in Catholic Studies.

Note: Even if you are not a part of the CATH 189 roster, you can still attend all or any of the gatherings.

Fall 2021

The subject this Fall is “Images of the Church.” The specific aim of this subject is to contemplate together from a variety of angles the mystery of the Church. It is inspired by Lumen Gentium, CCC 751-810, and Pope Francis’ Wednesday audiences of 2013 (beginning May 29). Speakers present an image of the Church in historical and cultural context, utilizing a saint, pope, order, movement, et al., in the history of the Church, who reflected upon and taught the Church about itself through the particular image.  Students will thus learn about dialogical moments between a concrete situation in the life of the Church and a figure who employs an image of the Church to help read and respond to “signs of the times.”


  • Week of Sept 27 – week of Nov 8 (excluding Fall Break Oct 18)
  • Venue: Fortin Scola
  • Monday evenings 5-7 p.m.
    • 5:00 discussion over dinner (either the STAC or Scola, check schedule)
    • 5:30 speaker and Q&A
    • 6:30 small group discussions
    • 6:50 wrap up


  • Sept 27: Fr. Marc Lenneman, "The Church as Mother"
    • 5 pm dinner in the STAC
  • Oct 4: John Sehorn of the Augustine Institute, "The Church as Divine Song in Clement of Alexandria"
    • 5 pm hors d’oeuvres in the Scola
  • Oct 11: Dr. Eric Hall, "The Church as Syllogism"
    • 5 pm dinner in the STAC
  • Oct 25: Dr. Brian Barrett, "The Church as Sacrament"
    • 5 pm dinner in the STAC
  • Nov 1: Bishop Vetter, "The Church as Spouse / Q&A"
    • 5 pm hors d’oeuvres in the Scola
  • Nov 8: Dr. Katherine Greiner, "The Church as Field Hospital"
    • 5 pm dinner in the STAC