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Bicentennial Lecture Series

With Jesuit Thibodeaux Speaking on Discernment

The Saint Louis University Bicentennial Lecture Series, “The Jesuit Influence in American Spirituality, Education and Society,” will open the 2018 bicentennial year with a presentation by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ. “Discerning Our Role in Creating a Society of Justice and Love” will be held Monday, Feb. 26, 7-8:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier College Church, Grand and Lindell boulevards.

Thibodeaux is novice director for the Central Southern Province of the Society of Jesus in Grand Couteau, La. He has served on the board of directors for Company magazine, a national Jesuit magazine. A former high school teacher, counselor, retreat director and spiritual director, he has drawn from his wealth of experience and is author of four books on prayer, including Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, and God’s Voice Within, The Ignatian Way to Discover God’s Will. The native Louisianan holds degrees in psychology and theology from Loyola University New Orleans and Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The series lectures are held on Mondays, 7-8:30 pm in College Church. Other lectures in the series are: April 16, Lessons from Pope Francis on American Politics and Civic Life, with Matt Malone, SJ, editor-in-Chief of America Magazine; September 24, Reimagining Health Care: Ignatian Insights for Achieving the Greater Good with Michael Rozier, SJ, a researcher and practitioner of health policy and public health ethics; and November 5: Jesuit Education: Do We Need a New Paradigm?, with Michael Garanzini, SJ, Secretary of Higher Education, Society of Jesus in Rome, and Visiting Professor of Research in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University.

 The series is sponsored by the Saint Louis University Bicentennial Committee and the Office of Mission and Identity. For more information, contact

Earlier Event: February 17
Sacred Water
Later Event: April 6
Parish Women's Retreat