The University of Mary is the site for three upcoming lecture events in February.
Monsignor Thomas Richter is the speaker for the fourth annual St. Hildegard Lecture Series at 10 a.m. Monday in Founders Hall at the University of Mary’s new Lumen Vitae University Center. His presentation, “Evangelization Without Complication,” is free and open to the public.
Coinciding with that topic, Richter penned a 25-page booklet, “Integrated Evangelization: How to Facilitate the Encounter with Christ.” Richter tells how evangelization is not complicated or burdensome, but instead rather simple, intentional and about relationships.
Richter is the pastor of Queen of Peace Church in Dickinson. Prior to that, he served as rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1996, at Cathedral. Pope Benedict XVI honored Richter with the title of Monsignor, Chaplain to His Holiness, on Nov. 19, 2012. On Feb. 10, 2016, Pope Francis commissioned him as a Missionary of Mercy for the Jubilee Year.
The St. Hildegard Lecture is an annual event meant to bring to campus significant Catholic intellectuals, both ecclesiastical and lay leaders, to reflect on the importance of the main themes of the University of Mary Catholic Studies program: the relationship of faith and reason, the role of beauty and art in culture, and the mission to transform the world. The lecture is named for St. Hildegard, an 11th century Benedictine Abbess and Doctor of the Church.
Mike Aquilina is an author of more than 40 books, co-host of a series on Eternal Word Television Network and a weekly host on Sirius Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show.” Aquilina brings his expertise to the University of Mary campus for two presentations that are free and open to the public.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Starion Living Room inside the new Lumen Vitae University Center, he will present a Grounds for Belief lecture, “On the Christian Invention of Healthcare as We Know It.”
At 10 a.m. Feb. 22 in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business Butler Auditorium, Aquilina will present “The First Pro-Life Movement: How the Church Overcame the Culture of Death and Can do it Again.”