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The Eucharist as Source and Summit: Eucharistic Justice: A Catholic Politics, Dr. Daniel Philpott

October 4, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Eucharist as Source and Summit of our Christian Life Series

 “The Eucharist is God’s response to the deepest hunger of the human heart, the hunger for authentic life, for, in the Eucharist, Christ Himself is truly in our midst, to nourish, console and sustain us on our journey.” Pope Francis

On June 19, 2022, the Catholic Church in the United States embarked on a three-year journey to encourage a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Eucharist. We just finished the Year of Diocesan Eucharistic Revival which saw many initiatives in the different dioceses throughout the country. Currently we are in the Year of Parish Revival which will culminate with a Eucharistic Congress to be held in Indianapolis from July 17-24. Next, we will engage in a Year of Going out on Mission through Pentecost 2025.

At the Basilica, we are inviting you to participate in several initiatives, including a series of lectures on different aspects of the Eucharist. 

Wednesday, October 4 at 5:30pm: “Eucharistic Justice: A Catholic Politics” by Dr. Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science at The University of Notre Dame.

We will gather for hospitality from 5:30-6:00pm and the program will start at 6:00pm sharp.

Eucharistic Justice: A Catholic Politics – Eucharist and justice are not often mentioned together. But might the Church’s founding and climactic event turn out to be a fresh and potent justice? It will be argued that the Eucharist embodies a justice that transcends polarized left and right ideologies and holds out the promise of healing the nation’s largest wounds. The meaning of Eucharistic justice will be explored for the church’s and nation’s most difficult issues: clergy sex abuse, abortion, and race. As we approach 2024, the year of both the Church’s Eucharistic revival and a divisive presidential election, hope for a new politics becomes all the more urgent.


Livestream available

All sessions will be recorded and posted online.

Dan Philpott

Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Ph.D. in 1996 from Harvard University and specializes in religion and global politics, focusing on religious freedom, reconciliation, the political behavior of religious actors, and Christian political theology. His monographs include Revolutions in Sovereignty (Princeton, 2001), God’s Century: Resurgent Religion in Global Politics (Norton, 2011, coauthored with Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah), Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford, 2012) and Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World (Oxford, 2019). He has promoted reconciliation as an activist in Kashmir and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. To learn more about him, visit his website.

For a list of the lectures in our Eucharist as Source and Summit of our Christian Life series, click HERE.


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