Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Center for Dominican Studies and Office of Academic Affairs welcomes Richard Gaillardetz, Ph.D. on March 21 to present “Wrestling with the Faith: Why Religious Belonging Still Matters.” The free presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in the Colonial Room, located inside Sansbury Hall on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. Registration is free, but reservations are requested. Please contact the center at 614-251-4722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the chair of the Boston College Theology Department.
“The last ten years have seen the publication of a number of major studies documenting an alarming exodus from mainline religious communities in the U.S., including the Catholic Church,” Gaillardetz said. “Among the millennial generation, 36 percent now identify themselves as ‘religiously unaffiliated.’ At the same time, high levels of Americans, including millennials, continue to affirm many traditional religious beliefs and have a keen interest in spirituality. This lecture will explore this demographic shift and consider whether an option for committed religious belonging still matters.”
Gaillardetz previously taught at the University of Toledo and at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology. He has published numerous articles, and authored or edited 13 books. He previously served as a delegate on the U.S. Catholic — Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue and as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He’s received numerous awards, including the Sophia Award from the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in 2000.
Gaillardetz received his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts in Biblical Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Diana, have four children.
Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The University has approximately 2,550 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors and nine graduate degree programs. At ODU, students connect their passion with a purpose.