“The Earth is the Lord’s” (Ps 24:1)

“The Earth is the Lord’s” (Ps 24:1) – Professor Dianne Bergant, CSA, on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. 

Prof Dianne BergantProfessor Dianne Bergant is the former Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a sister of the Congregation of St. Agnes.  She will unpack the Pope’s encyclical for us in a lively lecture and discussion. You don’t want to miss this!  The date is Sunday, November 22 following the 11 a.m. Mass.


The Paulist Fathers, founded in 1858 by Fr. Isaac Hecker and four other priests, was the first community of priests founded in the United States.  They consider themselves “Missionaries to North America.” The Paulists have staffed Old St. Mary’s Parish since 1903. Join our pastor, Paulist Father Paul Huesing, CSP for an evening devoted to learning just “who the Paulist are, what they represent in the American Church and how they have affected Old St. Mary’s ministry from 1903 until today.”

Tuesday, December 1, at 7 p.m. in Donovan Hall here at Old St. Mary’s, 1500 S. Michigan Ave.


Last weekend the Synod of Bishops on the Family concluded its three week meeting at the Vatican.  Here is the concluding portion of Pope Francis’ address at the conclusion of the Synod:

The Synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness. This is in no way to detract from the importance of formulae, laws and divine commandments, but rather to exalt the greatness of the true God, who does not treat us according to our merits or even according to our works but solely according to the boundless generosity of his Mercy (cf. Rom 3:21-30; Ps 129; Lk 11:37-54). It does have to do with overcoming the recurring temptations of the elder brother (cf. Lk 15:25-32) and the jealous labourers (cf. Mt 20:1-16). Indeed, it means upholding all the more the laws and commandments which were made for man and not vice versa (cf. Mk 2:27).
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