The Keeley Vatican Lecture

The Nanovic Institute deepens 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. Generously supported by Terrence R. Keeley, the lecture is now in its second decade. Each year’s lecturer is chosen by the Institute in close consultation with its Advisory Board and the Notre Dame administration.

2021 Keeley Vatican Lecture

Vatican Museums: Future Perspectives

Dr. Barbara Jatta 
Director of the Vatican Museums

Introduced by University of Notre Dame President, Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.
The online lecture is free and open to the public.

Event details | Press Release

2018 Keeley Vatican Lecture

The Catholic Church in the European Project

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher 
Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Eck Visitors Center Auditorium

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Event details | Photo Gallery | Press Release | Lecture Paper

Past Keeley Vatican Lecturers

The Geopolitics of Mercy

Rev. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.
Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica

Event details | Photo Gallery | Press Release

Ukraine, Democratic Revolution, and the Challenges of a Catholic University

Bishop Borys Gudziak (2016)
Eparch of the Paris Eparchy of Saint Volodymyr the Great
President of the Ukrainian Catholic University

Event details |  Photo Gallery | Press Release

The Holy See’s Higher Education Policy
from St. John Paul II to Pope Francis

Rev. Friedrich Bechina, F.S.O. (2016)
Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education

Event details |  Photo Gallery  |  Press Release 

The Catholic Church in Ireland and Pope Francis:
Legacy and Transformation

Archbishop Charles J. Brown (2015)
Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

Event details |  Photo Gallery | Press Release 
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The Role of the Church in Contemporary Society

Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella (2014)
President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

Photo Gallery | Press Release


The Origins of Vatican II

Walter Cardinal Kasper (2013)
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

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The Second Vatican Council Ahead of Us

Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P. (2012)
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Seminaries and Institutes of Study

Press Release


The Social Message of the Church in the Context of Contemporary Challenges

Reinhard Cardinal Marx (2010)
Cardinal Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Germany

Press Release

Catholicism and Secularism in Contemporary Europe

Angelo Cardinal Amato, S.D.B. (2009)
Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Lecture Audio | Download the lecture paper (PDF) | Press Release

Catholicism and Islam: Points of Convergence and Divergence, Encounter and Cooperation

Archbishop Celestino Migliore (2008)
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations

Download the lecture paper (PDF) | Biography | Press Release

The Holy See's Portal to the World

Dr. Francesco Buranelli (2007)
Director of the Vatican Museums

Download the lecture paper (PDF) | Biography | Press Release
No video available due to copyright of the artwork. 

Challenges Facing American and European Catholic Universities:
A View from the Vatican

Archbishop Michael J. Miller, C.S.B. (2006)
Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education in Seminaries and Institutes of Study

Download the lecture paper (PDF) | Press Release | Article by Catholic News Service

From Notre Dame to the Vatican and Home Again:
An Insider's View from the Papacy of John Paul II

Monsignor Charles J. Brown (2005)
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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