The event is free and open to the public, Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

George Weigel
In 2017, during the University of Mary’s popular annual Vocations Jamboree, Weigel received one of the school’s most prestigious awards, the Lumen Vitae Medal, (Latin for “the Light of Life”), given to those who are champions of Catholic education and who bring others closer to Christ and his Church.

St. PAUL, MN — The University of Mary is honored to host “An Evening with George Weigel,” the internationally acclaimed and preeminent Catholic scholar, as he discusses his newest book, Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II on Wednesday, March 14, 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., hosted at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Regarded by Robert P. George as “a giant” in the Catholic world, Weigel is the authority on the Catholic Church, and is perhaps best known for his widely read and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography on Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). And now, his newly published memoir of the experiences that led to his papal biography: Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II. The papal biographer details what he learned from chronicling the life of Pope John Paul II.

The University of Mary Catholic Studies program is the lead sponsor of the event, while University of St. Thomas for Catholic Studies and the University of St. Thomas Veritas Institute are co-sponsors.

After Weigel’s talk, there will be a question and answer period, then an opportunity to buy his book and have it personally signed by him. Weigel hopes that his book will inspire others to follow JPII’s example.

Lessons in Hope is almost entirely anecdotal; it tells the stories that wouldn’t have ‘fit’ into two volumes of biography, but that illuminate, in one way or another, interesting facets of John Paul II’s personality and way of conducting the papacy,” stated Weigel in an interview with Carl Olson, editor of The Catholic World Report. “I’ve discovered in recent years that this is what people want, now: not so much analysis of a remarkable personality and his accomplishment, but story-telling that brings him alive in a personal way.”

In several places throughout the book, Weigel points out the importance of understanding JPII’s philosophical perspective and how he became misunderstood.

“John Paul II is persistently misunderstood as some sort of pre-modern mind, when in fact his was a thoroughly modern mind with a distinctive critique of modernity, Weigel told The Catholic World Report. “At the heart of that critique was the conviction that ethics had come unglued from reality; that the moral life was wasting away into subjectivism and sentimentality; and that human beings (and society) were suffering as a result.”

In 2017, during the University of Mary’s popular annual Vocations Jamboree, Weigel received one of the school’s most prestigious awards, the Lumen Vitae Medal, (Latin for “the Light of Life”), given to those who are champions of Catholic education and who bring others closer to Christ and his Church.

Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds the EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. From 1989 through 1996, Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues.

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