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The Pilgrim Forum

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?

Having journeyed from “I believe” to “Amen,” we now turn our attention to leaders and models of faith, purposefully considering what we can learn from the lives of saints, popes and Mother Mary.

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 does require advanced registration.

2023-2024 Pilgrim Forum 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023

7:30-9 a.m.

Bemis International Center

Hendrickson Dining Room

“Lively Conversations: Meeting Our Mother and Each Other at U.S. Shrines to the Virgin Mary"

Karen Park, Ph.D.
St. Norbert College

Karen Park, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College, in the second offering of this series, will discuss the metaphor of “conversation” as a way to understand shrines to Mary across the US, using examples from her forthcoming edited volume American Patroness: Marian Shrines and the Making of US Catholicism.

Watch the recording.


Thursday, Apr 11, 2024

7:30-9 a.m.

Bemis International Center

Hendrickson Dining Room


"The Papacy from John XXIII to Francis: Ancient Roots and Modern Branches"

Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D.
Villanova University

Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology at Villanova University, in the third and final offering of this series, will explore what we can learn from the lives of recent Popes.

Register today!

Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D.
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