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Father Jim Donohue to Speak on Working for Peace and Justice

Bill Collinge
Professor, Theology Department

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Father James M. Donohue, professor of theology at Mount St. Mary’s University, will deliver this year’s William K. Collinge Lecture at St. Francis Xavier School in Gettysburg, Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. Donohue's talk will focus on “Working for Peace and Justice: Wisdom from Those Gone Before Us.”

Donohue will examine some of the qualities that are needed for anyone who is committed to work for peace and justice in our world by looking at the lives of  notable participants in the peace and justice movement, such as Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jean Vanier.  He expressed the hope that attendees will be inspired by the examples of people who have gone before us. “We can learn from them about the qualities or character traits that we must possess in order to be effective agents of change. For instance, almost all the people I will mention had opposition from their Christian denominations with whom they might have expected support, not criticism," Donohue said. "They also had a perseverance that came not from any exalted sense of themselves but from God and the people they served.”

Father Donohue, a Resurrectionist priest, has taught theology at Mount Saint Mary’s since 1996.  He holds a Ph.D. in theology from The Catholic University of America and has wide experience as a speaker.  His most recent publication is a 2018 book, Moral Vision: Seeing the World with Love and Justice, coauthored with the Mount's Associate Provost and Profssor of Theology David McCarthy, Ph.D.

The lecture is sponsored by the Social Welfare and Justice Committee of St. Francis Xavier Church and the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg.  It is the eighth in an annual series honoring the late William K. Collinge, a benefactor of both St. Francis Xavier and the Interfaith Center.  It is free and open to the public.

 

Bill Collinge
Professor, Theology Department