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Lawler Lecture Series

The Lawler Lecture Series 
     Lecture Speakers and Titles
     Endowment Information
     About Michael G. Lawler

Lawler Lecture Speakers and Titles

2010   John J. O'Keefe (Creighton University): "The New Cosmology and Catholic Theology"

2009   Richard Gaillardetz (University of Toledo):  "Holy Conversations: Toward a More Dialogical Way of Being Church"

2008   Sandra M. Schneiders (Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley): "Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles?"

2007   Michael Himes (Boston College): "Ecclesial Ministries and the Sacramental Principle"

2006   Adrian Thatcher (University of Exeter, England): "Marriage: Tradition and Change"

2005   Elizabeth Dreyer (Fairfield University): "Theology and Spirituality: Partners in Holiness"

2004   Symposium on the Second Vatican Council
Joseph A. Komonchak (Catholic University of America) "Vatican II: Key Moments, Key Ideas," & Susan Wood (Saint John’s University, Collegeville): "Vatican II: Unfinished Business and Unanticipated Developments"

2003   Bernard Cooke (Loyola University, New Orleans): "Eucharist: Root of Revolution"

2002   Lisa Sowle Cahill (Boston College): "What Is Sex For? A Dialogue Between Catholic Tradition and Contemporary Culture"

2001   John J. Collins and Adela Yarbro Collins, (Yale University Divinity School): "The Title ‘Son of God’ in its Ancient Context"

2000   Gerald Magill (Saint Louis University): "Envisioning Practical Meanings for Catholic Ethics in a ‘Virtual’ Society: On the Reciprocity of Imagination, Rhetoric, and Technology"

1999   Paul Knitter (Xavier University): "Catholics and Other Religions: Bridging the Gap Between Dialogue and Theology"

The Endowment
These annual lectures are made possible through an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ray F. Kiefer, III. Dr. Kiefer received an M.D. from Creighton University's School of Medicine in 1984. His wife, Jacquelyn Olerich Kiefer, graduated from Creighton's School of Nursing in 1980.

Michael G. Lawler 

 The lecture series is named to honor Michael G. Lawler, Ph.D., Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at Creighton University and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Theology at Creighton University. Dr. Lawler joined Creighton as a systematic theologian in 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Theology several times, as President of the University Faculty twice, and as Dean of the Graduate School from 1985 until 1995. In 1981 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award and in 1997 the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. He retired in 2005.

Dr. Lawler is a highly regarded international theologian in the systematic theology of marriage and family. For over 12 years he directed Creighton’s Center for Marriage and Family, whose studies of marriage preparation, interchurch families, the first five years of marriage, and sexuality education brought international acclaim to Creighton. He is the author of twenty books and more than one hundred fifty scholarly articles.

Along with fellow Creighton Theology professor Todd A. Salzman,  Michael G. Lawler was awarded first place for the Catholic Book Award in the theology category by the Catholic Press Association for their book “The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology” Georgetown University Press, 2008. Two of his other books, Marriage and Sacrament (1993) and Christian Marriage and Family (1996), were awarded Catholic Press Association Prizes for theological education. What Is and What Ought to Be: The Dialectic of Experience, Theology, and Church (2005); Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions (2002); and Family: American and Christian (1998).

A native of Ireland, Dr. Lawler earned his B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics at University College, Dublin, his S.T.L. in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and his Ph.D. degree in systematic theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Before coming to Creighton he held faculty appointments at St. Joseph College, Nairobi, Kenya, and Holy Ghost College, Dublin. He and his wife, Susan, have three adult children and four grandchildren.

For more information, contact Gail Risch: Humanities 139; 402-280-2908; Email.

Last Updated: September 17, 2010