Social activist Dorothy Day’s life topic of BenU at Mesa visiting scholar lecture

August 29, 2016

Mesa, Ariz. ~ The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture series at Benedictine University at Mesa will present a performance of "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall.

"Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" is a play about the American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert who is being investigated for canonization by the Catholic Church. The play will be performed by Lisa Wagner-Carollo following a brief introduction by Maria Granic-White.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wagner-Carollo is the founder and director of Still Point Theatre Collective. She founded the company in 1993, motivated by a strong desire to combine ministry and theatre. For more than 15 years, she has toured the United States and overseas with "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day."

Wagner-Carollo has also toured in "Points of Arrival: A Jean Donovan Journey," a play that explores the life and commitment of one of the four North American church women killed in El Salvador in 1980, and is currently touring in "Strong Women, Haunted by God and Deep Listening," a play about death and dying.

She is also the founder and co-director of The Imagination Workshop, a theatre company for adults with developmental disabilities based at Esperanza Community Services in Chicago. Wagner-Carollo earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan., and recently completed certification as a spiritual director from the Racine Dominicans in Racine, Wis.  

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

The event is sponsored by Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology.

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.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Maria Granic-White at (480) 878-6706 or


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 as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 by Forbes magazine.

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