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Dr. Massimo Faggioli to Present for St. Norbert College's Spring Pilgrim Forum Lecture

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From St. Norbert College, March 28, 2024
by Eva Westein,, 920-403-3153

Massimo Faggioli, professor of Historical Theology at Villanova University will explore what we can learn from the lives of recent Popes in his lecture titled “The Papacy from John XXIII to Francis: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches” on April 11 at the Hendrickson Dining Room in the F.K. Bemis International Center at St. Norbert College. He will be discussing the many parallels in the ways St. John XXIII and Pope Francis have changed and updated the papacy, but also interesting differences. This lecture will explore their common roots but will also focus on how the unfolding of Pope Francis’ pontificate casts a new light on the one of St. John XXIII.

Massimo Faggioli received his Ph.D. in Religious History from the University of Turin in 2002 with a thesis on the history of the appointment of bishops after the Council of Trent. He later continued his studies on the Second Vatican Council at the renowned institute of “Giovanni XXIII" for Religious Studies in Bologna, Italy. From Italy, he traveled first to Boston where he was a visiting fellow at the Jesuit Institute at Boston College from 2008-2009 before moving to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2009 where he remained teaching until 2016. Massimo Faggioli is a young theologian of the new generation of Catholic intellectuals who is making a very significant contribution to theology, ecclesiology and church history in the contemporary Church.

The Pilgrim Forum is a series dedicated to sharing information and spurring thought and discussion around the basic tenets of the Catholic faith and tradition. Beginning in October 2014 the Pilgrim Forum engaged The Apostles' Creed for over eight years. Our esteemed presenters - drawn from SNC scholars, church leaders, and nationally renowned theologians, considered the creed article-by-article as the series sought to shed light on its founder’s burning question - What does our faith mean to us today? This series is made possible through the generosity of The Dan Ritter Family (1932 - 2019).

Pilgrim Lectures are free and open to the public, but as a breakfast lecture, it does require advanced registration. Registration for the event can be found here: For more information, call 920-403-4034 or email

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