2023 Br. Bernard Rapp, FSC, Lecture is March 24

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Villanova Theologian Explores Science, Reveals New Mind and Matter Relationships March 24

Published: January 23, 2023.

“God-World Holism: Science and the Mystery of Matter” will be presented by Dr. Ilia Delio at 2 p.m. March 24 located in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on Lewis University’s Romeoville campus. 

The Josephine C. Connelly Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University is sharing this year’s Lewis University “Br. Bernard Rapp Lecture on Faith and Science.” Visit http://bit.ly/3Wgoaq1 to register for the free, public lecture. 

Delio will build on the notion of “implicate order” and draw connections through science about new relationships between the mind and matter. The award-winning author of more than 20 books will discuss the implications of ideas surrounding “relational holism” in quantum mechanics for theology and interfaith dialogues. 

The Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC Lecture on Faith & Science brings to campus scholars who explore the dynamic harmony and tensions of the Catholic faith and the scientific disciplines. Grounded in Lewis University’s mission values of knowledge, wisdom, and fidelity, the lecture series promotes dialogue, exploration, and discovery while shedding light on the mysteries of the human spirit. The lecture is part of a series of presentations taking place during the Spring semester that explore the intersection of faith and science as well as Lewis University’s Cumbee Catholic Scholars Initiative.   

Named for the late Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, (1993-2020), this lecture recognizes Brother Bernard’s distinguished career as a dedicated teacher, an exemplary scientist, and a person of great faith who was committed to his vocation as a Christian Brother. The professor emeritus of chemistry and university archivist retired in 2018 after 45 years of service to Lewis University. 

This lecture is funded in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The statewide nonprofit organization activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement. 

For more information, including group seating reservations, contact Margaret Martinez at mmartinez24@lewisu.edu or 815-836-5944. 

Lewis University is an innovative Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, and globally-connected graduates who impact the world for the better. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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