Mount Angel Abbey’s winter/spring 2016 lecture series will begin Jan. 9 and is titled, “Theological Potpourri.”

The theme, according to Abbot Peter Eberle, Order of St. Benedict, is best described as a speaker’s choice.

Dr. Owen Cummings, a professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary, will give the first presentation, “Pondering the Beauty of God in Beauteous Ways: Exploring the Poetry of Georgy Herbert and Gerald Manley Hopkins.” This presentation will be given Jan. 9.

Feb. 13’s presentation will be led by Dr. Shawn Keough, professor of church history and systematic theology at Mount Angel Seminary. He will speak on “Repentance and the Mercy of God in St. Ambrose.” This topic is appropriate considering it’s the Jubilee Year of Mercy, as announced by Pope Francis, which runs from the first Sunday of Advent this year to the Solemnity of Christ the King next year. This presentation is also only three days into the Lenten season.

Dr. Katy Leamy, who holds a doctorate from Marquette University and is professor of moral theology at Mount Angel Seminary, will lead “Evangelization and Truth” on March 12.

April 9 will wrap up the series with Dr. Rory Pitstick, a priest of the Diocese of?Spokane (Wash.), and professor of Old Testament and Biblical languages. He’s also a member of the Seminary Human Formations faculty. His topic will be “Vocation, the Meaning of Life.” The purpose of the presentation is to share that it isn’t only priests and the religious who can claim to have a vocation, but every follower of Christ.

The presentations will all be held in the Mount Angel Abbey Library auditorium.

Coffee and light refreshments are provided during morning registration and break. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m., followed by a short prayer and announcements at 9. There will be two presentations, with a break in between, plus a segment at the end that will allow dialogue with the speaker. The presentation will end between 11 a.m. and noon.

Participants are welcome to arrive early to attend the 8 a.m. Mass.

The cost is $15 per presentation, or $50 for the series.

For more information, contact Cecile Beckerman at 503-393-5041.

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