Monsignor Tom Richter and author Mike Aquilina to present at three free events on campus

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary is the site for three upcoming lecture events in February. Monsignor Thomas Richter is the speaker for the fourth annual St. Hildegard Lecture Series, Monday, February 11, 10 a.m., in Founders Hall at the University of Mary’s new Lumen Vitae University Center. His presentation entitled “Evangelization Without Complication” is free and open to the public.

Monsignor Tom Richter

Coinciding with that topic, Richter penned a brief, but popular 25-page booklet entitled “Integrated Evangelization: How to Facilitate the Encounter with Christ.” Richter tells how evangelization is not complicated or burdensome, but instead rather simple, intentional, and about relationships: beginning first with a personal relationship with Christ and the Church, which transitions into relationships with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and even strangers.

Richter is the pastor of Queen of Peace Church in Dickinson, ND. Prior to that, he served as rector of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1996, at Cathedral. Pope Benedict XVI honored Richter with the title of Monsignor, Chaplain to His Holiness, on November 19, 2012. On February 10, 2016, Pope Francis commissioned him as a Missionary of Mercy for the Jubilee Year.

The St. Hildegard Lecture is an annual event meant to bring to campus significant Catholic intellectuals, both ecclesiastical and lay leaders, to reflect on the importance of the main themes of the University of Mary Catholic Studies program: the relationship of faith and reason, the role of beauty and art in culture, and the mission to transform the world. The lecture is named for St. Hildegard, a 11th century Benedictine Abbess and Doctor of the Church, who as a mystic, expert on medicine, poet, and musician represents the integration we seek in the Catholic Studies program.

Mike Aquilina is a highly respected author of more than 40 books, co-host of a series on Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a weekly host on Sirius Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show,” and is a frequent guest on other TV and radio shows. Aquilina brings his expertise to the University of Mary campus for two presentations that are free and open to the public. On Thursday, February 21, 8 p.m., in the Starion Living Room inside the new Lumen Vitae University Center (LVUC) he will present a Grounds for Belief lecture entitled “On the Christian Invention of Healthcare as We Know It.” On Friday, February 22, 10 a.m., in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business Butler Auditorium, Aquilina presents “The First Pro-Life Movement: How the Church Overcame the Culture of Death and Can do it Again.”

Among Aquilina’s books: “The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians,” and “Angels of God.” He’s co-authored books with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dion DiMucci, theologian Scott Hahn, and singer-songwriter John Michael Talbot, among others. His works have been translated into many languages including “The Grail Code” which is in 10 languages.

Aquilina has published hundreds of articles, essays and reviews in journals such as First Things, Touchstone, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, The Priest, Columbia, and Catholic Heritage.