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.


2017 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture

The 2017 Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will occur on October 13, 2017 at the Sheen Center in New York City. The lecture will be given by Fr. Julián Carrón.

In 2005, Father Julián Carrón became the leader of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, following the death of the movement’s founder, Father Luigi Giussani. Disarming Beauty is the English translation of an engaging and thought-provoking collection of essays by one of the principal Catholic leaders and intellectuals in the world today. Adapted from talks given by Fr. Carrón, these essays have been thoroughly reworked by the author to offer an organic presentation of a decade-long journey. They present the content of his elaboration of the gospel message in light of the tradition of Fr. Giussani, the teachings of the popes, and the urgent needs of contemporary people.

Transcripts from Past Lectures

Inaugural Albacete Lecture with Remi Brague, October 22, 2016

About this Event

Date and Time: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 7pm
Location: The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
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About the Speaker

Fr. Julián Carrón
President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation and author of Disarming Beauty


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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