The Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads, chaired its advisory board from its establishment in 2007 until he passed away on October 24, 2014. In order to honor his memory, to deepen his profound intuitions about the interaction of culture with religiosity and reason, and to follow his shining example of dialogue with people in various walks of life by meeting them at the level of human experience, Crossroads has established the “Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture.” Our desire is for it to become an annual occasion and a meeting place, a “crossroads” where people who share a passion for knowledge may develop an understanding of why culture matters and where it finds its origin. And our wish is that the lecture may become, in time, a relevant cultural event for the city of New York.

The 2018 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture


With David C. SCHINDLER, Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology at The John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center

What is freedom and what is its origin? What does it have to do with human desire, fulfillment, authority, and power?

A great deal of uncertainty surrounds these questions. As a result, in workplaces, on campuses, even in one's own home, personal risk and responsibility in human relationships are progressively eroded and replaced with rules, policies, and risk management directives, as if we were suspicious of leaving too much room to freedom's unpredictability.

In a land that values liberty, it seems that we are confused about what really brings us freedom, we trust it less and less and are willing to trade it for one of its many palliatives. How did we end up here?

The Third Annual Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will be given by Prof. D.C. Schindler who will speak about a topic that was so dear to Monsignor Albacete, and address some of the above questions.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Limited seats. Reservation required

Transcripts from Past Lectures

Inaugural Albacete Lecture with Remi Brague, October 22, 2016

Inaugural Albacete Lecture with Fr. Julián Carrón, October 23, 2017

About this Event

Date and Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 8pm
Location: The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

About the Speaker

Prof. David C. Schindler
Associate Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology at The John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America, in Washington DC

Who is Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete?

Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, theologian, columnist and lecturer, was a physicist by training. He held a degree in Space Science and Applied Physics as well as a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He also held a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome. He was a co-founder and a professor at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. He taught at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY, and from 1996 to 1997 served as President of Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce. He was the advisor on Hispanic Affairs to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for many years. He was the author of God at the Ritz: Attraction to Infinity (Crossroad Publishing Company), a book in which, as priest-physicist, he talks about science, sex, politics, and religion.

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