Reverend Dr. Hans Zollner, SJ will deliver the 2022 Keeley Vatican Lecture titled "How Is the Catholic Church Safeguarding Children? A Perspective After the Recent Developments in Europe." Generously supported by Terrence R. Keeley, the lecture is now in its second decade. It provides a way for the Nanovic Institute to deepen Notre Dame’s connection to the Holy See by bringing distinguished representatives from the Vatican to Notre Dame to explore questions involving Notre Dame’s Catholic mission. Each year’s lecturer is chosen by the Institute in close consultation with its Advisory Board and the Notre Dame administration.
About the Speaker
A native of Regensburg, Germany, Fr. Zollner is Ordinary Professor at the Institute of Psychology and President of the Institute of Anthropology: Interdisciplinary Studies on Human Dignity and Care (formerly the Center for Child Protection), both at the Pontifical Gregorian University. A theologian and licensed psychotherapist, Fr. Zollner is a leading expert and scholar on the prevention and healing of childhood sexual abuse who has spoken about the Church's role in combating childhood sexual abuse in more than seventy nations. He has played a leading role in international meetings on this issue, including the "Towards Healing and Renewal" symposium on sexual abuse of minors (February 2012), the world congress "Child Dignity in the Digital World" (2017), and the summit on Child Protection in the Vatican (2019). In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Zollner to the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, reappointing him for a second term in 2018.
The in-person event is free and open to the public.
Parking for Visitors
The gated Stayer Lot, one block east of the Eck Center, and Stadium Lot are free and open to the public weekdays after 5 p.m. and weekends.
The Visitor Lot is located on the west end of the Walsh Architecture parking lot. No permit is required outside of regular business hours and on holidays.
The Hammes Bookstore Lot allows parking for one hour.
Eddy Street Commons Garage allows for free parking for the first two hours. The garage is approximately a 7-minute walk from the Eck Visitors Center.