Lay Enrichment Series

Spring Lay Enrichment Series

The Lay Enrichment Series at Notre Dame Seminary (LES) is a lecture series created to provide our community with an opportunity to continue their faith formation. LES is a free lecture series that is open to the public.  For more information, please contact the MA office by phone at (504) 866-7426, ext. 742 or by email at

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How Can a Good God Allow Suffering in His World?
Dr. Jim Jacobs, Director of Philosophy at NDS
Wednesday, January 15th
Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center
Christians believe that the God who created the universe is perfectly good. But this raises difficult problems. Why is there suffering in this world if God created it? Is God responsible for these evils? We will look at how Christian philosophers have answered these crucial questions.
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Black Catholic Spirituality
Dr. Kathleen Bellow, Director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University
Wednesday, February 12th
Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center
The Holy Spirit animates Black life with particular cultural gifts that, when aptly incorporated in the life of the Church, support Catholic evangelization and ministry among the people of God.
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Being in Love With God
Dr. Todd Amick, Asst. Professor of Theology at University of Holy Cross
Wednesday, March 18th
Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center
Pope Benedict’s letter, “God is Love” shows us how being in love with God can teach us to love ourselves and others. Divine “Eros” becomes the means to understand the human experience of “being in love”.
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Sacred Music in the Post Conciliar Age: What is the Church Calling Us to Sing?
Mr. Maximilian Tenney, Director of Sacred Music
Wednesday, April 22nd
Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center
“The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium #112) Few things are as controversial as the topic of music in church! Find out what the Church is asking for in regards to Sacred Music in the Liturgy.
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Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes, Professor of Spiritual Theology at NDS
Wednesday, May 20th
Notre Dame Seminary Pastoral Center
One of the significant responsibilities of every baptized layperson is to bring the Gospel message to the society in which we live.  The role of the Christian is to act with both an informed and a formed conscience.  This talk will address this challenge as it impacts the role of voting responsibly.
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