Selected Lectures: Volume 1

Selected Lectures: Volume 2

Selected Lectures: Volume 3

Selected Lectures: Volume 4

Selected Lectures: Volume 5

Past Lectures

Information from past lectures can be found here.

The Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture Series on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century

The series honors the Most Reverend John McCarthy, who led the Diocese of Austin from 1985 to 2001, and to underscore the university’s commitment to its Catholic roots and Holy Cross heritage. Held on campus by the School of Arts and Humanities, the McCarthy Lecture Series brings Catholic religious and lay experts from around the country to discuss issues facing the Catholic Church in the 21st century. The lectures are free and open to the public.

2019-20 Lectures:

Fall 2019

Please join St. Edward's University as we welcome Reverend Michael Patella, OSB, Professor of New Testament at Saint John's University, for his presentation, Igniting the Spiritual Imagination: The Saint John’s Bible in its Cultural Context. In his presentation, Father Patella will discuss the world of Catholic theology, art, and culture that arises from the images and text of The Saint John’s Bible. This lecture will keynote the “Year with The Saint John’s Bible” that St. Edward’s University is celebrating. The illuminated Bible will be on display at this event.

Reception immediately follows the lecture.
This event is free and open to the public. Please register your car for free parking at If you are unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed at
Questions? Contact Sherri Defesche at