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Holy Spirit's Role in Church Teachings Focus at Duquesne's Holy Spirit Lecture

Since its inception, Duquesne University's Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium has featured world-class scholars who explore the theology of the Holy Spirit in dialogue with contemporary issues.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz will continue this tradition when he presents How Does the Holy Spirit Assist the Church in Its Teachings? at the eighth annual Holy Spirit Lecture on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Union Ballroom.

Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, will reflect on the Holy Spirit's role in the Church and on how bishops teach "in the light of the Holy Spirit" as defined by Vatican II in the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

During his presentation, Gaillardetz will share how members of all churches are looking for ways to empower their members-ordained and non-ordained alike-to participate in the teaching ministry. He believes a common misunderstanding in Catholicism regarding the Spirit's assistance given to the bishops is the result of an underdeveloped understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.

According to the Rev. Radu Bordeianu, associate professor of theology and director of the Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium, this year's topic is pertinent as it reflects on whether the Church can unite its members in a common proclamation in today's American individualistic society.

"It is the Spirit that insures the diversity of voices in this unified chorus so that each charism is cherished," said Bordeianu.

"After this year's lecture, I believe audience members will probably feel reassured that the Holy Spirit is at work in the Church, especially in its teaching ministry," Bordeianu added. "The audience should also be excited to rediscover their own role in the teaching ministry of the Church, as vessels through which the Spirit enlightens the world and have a realistic sense of optimism concerning the work of the Spirit in the Church's teaching ministry."

The Holy Spirit Lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a reception. Registration is requested. Register online

at  http://www.duq.edu/events/holy-spirit-lecture-and-colloquium or by e-mail,

at holyspirit@duq.edu.

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