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The Search for Saints In Our Time is the Topic of November Markoe-DePorres Lecture at Creighton University

The Search for Saints In Our Time is the Topic of November Markoe-DePorres Lecture at Creighton University

Robert Ellsberg, publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books, will deliver Creighton University's 13th annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus.

Ellsberg’s lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled“Political Holiness: The Search for Saints for Our Time.”

A graduate of Harvard College where he received a degree in religion and literature and later a masters in theology from the Harvard Divinity School, Ellsberg interrupted his college studies from 1975-1980 to join the Catholic Worker community in New York City, serving as the managing editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper for two years. He worked with Dorothy Day, a famous Christian activist, for the last five years of her life, an experience that prompted his conversion to Catholicism.

He is the author of many books including his first, an anthology of Dorothy Day’s writings, and his latest, Blessed Among All Women, which won three Catholic Book Awards. His other books include All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses of Our Time, which won the Christopher Award and a Catholic Book Award, and The Saints’ Guide to Happiness.

The Markoe-DePorres lecture series is sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program in Creighton's College of Arts and Sciences, in honor of Fr. John Markoe, S.J., who started the Omaha DePorres Club in 1947. The club included Creighton students and members of the community united against racial injustice. Their patron, Martin de Porres, a Peruvian of mixed ancestry, was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1962.

Posted: 10/11/06