A lecture by Jared Ortiz (Hope College, Saint Benedict Institute) given at the University of Chicago on May 17, 2017. The Great Books can lead us to God and a liberal arts education finds its fulfillment in the liturgy. Yet, the curriculum and culture of many universities today are, by their very structure, inimical to such ends.
On April 20, 2017, Daniel Mitsui presented "Gold Out of Egypt: Christian Art and International Influences" at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Institute Catholic Speaker Series.
On March 4, the Saint Benedict Institute co-hosted, "Hope for Restoration: Radical Hospitality and Prison Reform," a conference on restorative justice organized by inmates of the R.A. Handlon Correctional Facility.
On January 26, 2017, Sr. Sara Butler spoke on "The Catholic Priesthood: Why Is It Reserved to Men?" Dr. Jim Brownson responded. This event was part of the Saint Benedict Institute Catholic-Reformed Dialogue series.
On November 2, 2016, the Saint Benedict Institute co-sponsored editor of First Things, Rusty Reno's lecture, "Restoring Love to the Intellectual Life."
On October 13, 2016, Dr. Jared Ortiz, assistant professor of Religion at Hope College and executive director of the Saint Benedict Institute, delivered a lecture on Augustine's Confessions, "You Made Us for Yourself: Creation, Worship, and Human Destiny in St. Augustine."
On September 7, 2016, James Matthew Wilson spoke on "Art is a Jealous God: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Claims of the Divine" as part of the Saint Benedict Institute's Catholic Speaker Series.
Dr. Jared Ortiz speaks on "Grace and Divinization" for the Authenticum Lecture Series.
Jack Mulder, a former member of the Reformed Church in America, speaks on what led him to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi.
Chad Pecknold, "Freedom for Truth: The Fate of Religious Liberty in Liberal Orders," on April 7, 2016 at Hope College. This event was sponsored by the Tocqueville Forum and the Saint Benedict Forum.
Omar Gutierrez, "Praise Be to You, My Lord: How Christians Should Think about the Environment," on April 6, 2016 as part of the Saint Benedict Forum Catholic Speaker Series.
The Saint Benedict Forum hosted three gay Catholics--Eve Tushnet, Joshua Gonnerman, and Ron Belgau--at Hope College on February 22, 2016. Eve Tushnet spoke on "The Radical Challenge of Gay Celibacy," Joshua Gonnerman spoke on, "Changing How We Think About Gay Politics," and Ron Belgau spoke on "Understanding the Bible's Teaching on Homosexuality."
On January 28, 2016, Jack Mulder spoke on his new book, What Does It Mean to Be Catholic? at Hope College. Two Reformed theologians, Han-luen Kantzer-Komline and Lynn Japinga, responded. This event was part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic-Reformed Dialogue Series.
On November 6, 2014, Anthony Esolen delivered, "Liberal Arts and the Christian College in a Post-Christian World" at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic Speaker Series.
On October 15, 2015, Duncan Stroik gave a lecture entitled, "Architecture for the Poor" at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic Speaker Series.
Dawn Eden speaks about chastity, conversion, and healing at Hope College on September 16, 2015, sponsored by the Saint Benedict Forum (http://www.saintbenedictforum.org). The talk's message is drawn from Dawn Eden's books "The Thrill of the Chaste" and "My Peace I Give You."
Dawn Eden presented "How Jesus' Sacred Heart Healed My Memories" on September 16, 2015 at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic Speaker Series.
Revert and Saint Benedict Institute co-founder Jared Ortiz reveals what brought him back to the Catholic Church. Hosted by Marcus Grodi.
On March 4, 2015, Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, O.P., gave a lecture entitled, "Heroic Witnesses in the Third Millennium: If Tempted, Everyone Can Be a Hero" as part of the Saint Benedict Forum Lenten Retreat.
On February 4, 2015, Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, David J. Walkowiak, visited Hope College for a question and answer session with students, faculty, and friends from the community.
Fr. David Meconi, Saint Louis University, presents "Ravishing Ruin: Self-loathing in St. Augustine" at Hope College for the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic Speaker Series, February 2, 2015.
Joseph Pearce told his fascinating conversion story at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Forum Speaker Series, September 10, 2014.
Joseph Pearce spoke at Hope College on the Christian imagination of Lewis and Tolkien as part of the Saint Benedict Forum Catholic Speaker Series, September 10, 2014
Fr. Damian Ference, priest of the Diocese of Cleveland and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Borromeo Seminary, preached a Lenten mission to Hope College students as part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic Speaker Series. This event was co-sponsored by Hope College's Union of Catholic Students.
Eduardo J. Echeverria, Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, discusses ecumenism at Hope College as part of the Saint Benedict Forum's Catholic-Reformed Dialogue Series. This event was co-sponsored by Hope College's Department of Religion, Department of Philosophy, and Campus Ministries.
Dr. Jared Ortiz speaks on "Mary is a Christian Thing" at Holland High School.