MOSAIC Spring 2014 - Page 34

Academic News Resist the “Aggressive Secularism” of Our Age Catholic scholar George Weigel delivers powerful message to seminary prayer gathering. Daniel Gallio L ast year, renowned Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft addressed the Fellowship of St. Paul prayer gathering—and even played Ping-Pong later that evening with delighted Sacred Heart seminarians. This year, the Fellowship scored big again. Noted Catholic author, theologian, and social commentator George Weigel delivered a powerful presentation at the monthly praise-and-worship event on January 24. More Seating Needed The Fellowship of St. Paul is held on Friday evenings during the school year, attended by seminarians, lay students, and outside community members. It includes lively music, prayers of healing, and often features a guest speaker who gives an uplifting talk. When the Fellowship’s organizers learned that Weigel would be a keynote speaker at the Life Is a Gift pro-life conference at the seminary on January 25, they invited him to speak at their event, too—and he graciously accepted. The gathering typically “Each one of us has to put on is held in one of the the idea of being a missionary,” seminary’s parlors. But the theologian George Weigel exhorted the Fellowship of organizers shifted the event St. Paul attendees in January. to the seminary auditorium, Listen to the talk at anticipating an increase in attendance. It was a fortunate move: about 150 people attended the gathering, about three times more than usual. Fortress Mentality No More W