Latinx Theology Expert Speaks at Benedictine University

October 12, 2021

natalia leeBenedictine University will host distinguished Catholic theologian Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee for two lectures exploring the diversity of global Catholicism and the challenges faced by women in today’s Church: “Oye: The Role of Latinx Communities in Our Storied Church” on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00 PM CT and “Listen: What #MeToo and #ChurchToo Can Teach the Catholic Church” on Thursday, October 21 at 12:20 PM CT.

Both lectures will be delivered via Zoom. The public is invited to attend by registering in advance:

Register for the October 20 lecture here
Register for the October 21 lecture here.

Dr. Imperatori-Lee’s appearance at Benedictine is sponsored by the University’s Center for Mission and Identity and funded by a generous grant from the St. Procopius Abbey Centennial Fund.

“Dr. Imperatori-Lee is a leading figure in Roman Catholic intellectual life today,” says Dr. Peter Huff, Chief Mission Officer and Professor of Theology at Benedictine University. “Her cutting-edge work reminds us of the vibrant diversity in the both the U.S. church and the global Catholic community. We are honored to welcome her to Benedictine.”

Dr. Imperatori-Lee comes to Benedictine University as the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought for 2021-2022. She is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Catholic Studies program at Manhattan College in New York. Her research concentrates on Catholic ecclesiology, popular religion, theological trends in the Spanish-speaking world, and the relationship of women, the poor, and other marginalized groups to church structures.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Huff at Benedictine University, 603-829-6664.



Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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