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

"Disarming Beauty": A lecture on faith, truth, and freedom on the threshold of a new epoch

With Fr. Julián CARRÓN, Professor of Theology at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan and President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center

The Second Annual Albacete Lecture on Faith and Culture will be given by Fr. Julián Carrón to honor the memory of Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, soul, mind and mentor of Crossroads. In 2005, Father Carrón became the leader of the global ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation, following the death of its founder, Father Luigi Giussani. In the footsteps of his newly released book, Disarming Beauty, Fr. Carrón will offer a broad analysis of the pressing questions facing today’s society: the challenges of societal integration, the purpose of education, the difficulty of motivating young people, and developments in family life: Is it possible to find common ground in an increasingly polarized world? Is there a way for a true, wide-ranging dialogue with people from different backgrounds? What is the role of education in modern society? Is it possible to regain a sense of wonder and desire in front of life?

Grappling with the interaction of Christian faith and modern culture, Fr. Carrón invites the listeners to an ongoing conversation about the meaning of faith, truth, and freedom on the threshold of a new epoch.

The event is free and open to the public.
Limited seats. Reservation required
RSVP at sheencenter.org

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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