Singleness, holy life topic of Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture

October 29, 2015

Mesa, Ariz. ~Jana Bennett, Ph.D., associate professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Dayton, will lecture at Benedictine University at Mesa as part of Benedictine's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series."

Bennett will present "Singleness and the Holy Life" from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St.,
in downtown Mesa.

Bennett earned a bachelor's degree at Colorado College, a Master's of Divinity degree at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and a Ph.D. at Duke University. Bennett's interests include St. Augustine, singleness, disability and technology use. An author of two books and several articles, Bennett is currently preparing a book on the topic on which she will speak. She came into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in 2003 after growing up United Methodist.

Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix or the Diocese of Tucson.

There is no charge for admission.

The lectures are sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and the Department of Theology at Benedictine University at Mesa.

CMI supports the ongoing development of Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition at the Mesa branch campus. CMI works to communicate a common mission, to provide programming that supports the University's Catholic identity and Benedictine heritage, and maintains that tradition while nurturing a culture of lifelong learning, responsible leadership, social engagement, and religious and cultural dialogue within the entire University community.

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Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 2 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2003-2013 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fifth consecutive year in 2015. 


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