University of Rochester

EVENT: Author to Discuss Challenges to Catholicism in 21st-Century America

November 13, 2013

First Lecture in the Catholic Newman Community's Faith in America Series, Marking the 50th Anniversary of Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Rochester

WHO: George Weigel, noted author and NBC News Vatican analyst, will deliver the lecture 21st-Century Catholics in an Unfamiliar America as a part of the 2013-2014 Faith in America lecture series, sponsored by the Catholic Newman Community. Weigel's lecture will explore challenges to Catholicism in 21st-Century America—a newly aggressive secularism, threats to religious freedom, confusions within the Church itself—and suggest how Catholics can meet those challenges by embracing the evangelical vocation into which they were baptized.

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, Interfaith Chapel on the University of Rochester's River Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public; visitors to the River Campus can park for free in most lots after 7 p.m.

ABOUT GEORGE WEIGEL: George Weigel is a distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he currently holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. A Catholic theologian, he is the author or editor of over 20 books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); and Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013). He has written essays, op-ed columns, and reviews for major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also a Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, "The Catholic Difference," is syndicated to 60 newspapers.

ABOUT THE CATHOLIC NEWMAN COMMUNITY: The Catholic Newman Community, on the web at, is a Catholic campus ministry at the University of Rochester that promotes strong faith formation through sacramental celebrations, educational opportunities, service, and social programming. The Catholic Newman Community has been recognized nationally as a leader in Catholic Campus Ministry.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call Anne Thomas at the Catholic Newman Community at 585.275.8521 or email