The ACU Centre for Liturgy will host the President of the Catholic Theological Union, Rev. Prof. Mark R. Francis CSV in a free online public lecture broadcast live from Chicago, USA on Monday, July 20, via Zoom: “The Challenge of Intercultural Liturgy in the Era of Pope Francis.” The lecture is at 10am-11:30am AEST, which is 8:00 – 9:30 pm EDT (e.g. in New York).
The ACU Centre for Liturgy has mobilized during this time of global pandemic to offer this free public lecture via a live virtual platform to connect those interested in liturgy to the worldwide scholarly conversation. The online platform opens up the lecture to a national audience.
Professor Francis is world-renowned for his scholarship on the relationship between liturgy and culture. Interest in this important reciprocal interaction has been revived under the pontificate of Pope Francis and in his lecture, Professor Francis will bring a unique and valuable perspective to the latest developments in this area of Church life. He is the author of Local Worship Global Church: Popular Religion and the Liturgy and Shape a Circle Ever Wider: Liturgical Inculturation in the United States.
Prof. Francis’ live lectures will also be available as a Professional Learning Seminar for liturgists, clergy, pastoral associates, Catholic school teachers, and all who have an interest in the fascinating and pastorally relevant topic of liturgical inculturation. Professional learners will participate in lectures and discussions but will not undertake assessment tasks.
Primary and secondary teachers in Australia who participate in the seminar will be able to apply for professional development hours in most states and territories, making this Professional Learning Seminar one of the most widely accredited ACU offerings ever.
Mark Francis, MDiv, MA, SLD was ordained in 1982 and served for three years as chaplain and formation director in Bogotá Colombia. He served on the revision/translation subcommittee of ICEL from 1992–2000, and from 2000–2012 he served as international superior of the Viatorians. He is President of Catholic Theological Union at Chicago since 2013. He has published extensively on liturgical topics with a special focus on the relationship between liturgy and culture.