Immaculata University’s Theology Department Hosts Mini-Series Celebrating John Paul II’s Beatification

The Theology Department at Immaculata University will present a free mini-series, open to the public, on March 21, April 7, and April 14, 2011 in honor of John Paul II´s upcoming beatification in May. The mini-series will examine theological, historical, and cultural aspects of John Paul II´s papacy, looking particularly at his example of forgiveness, his role in the fall of communism, and his focus on the role of artists. Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM, professor of theology and coordinator of the mini-series, hopes these presentations will provide inspiration and a deeper appreciation of John Paul II´s influence.
For the March 21 presentation, held in Loyola Hall Room 127 at 6:00 p.m., Sister Sheila will present on John Paul II as a mentor and model of forgiveness. On April 7 at 7:00 p.m., also in Loyola Hall Room 127, Sister Sheila will show the DVD "Nine Days that Changed the World," exploring John Paul II´s nine-day pilgrimage to Poland that ultimately contributed to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Nicole B. Baker, M.Ed., will present the April 14 lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the Villa Maria Green Room, focusing on John Paul II´s 1999 Letter to Artists.
"I hope that the different themes presented in this mini-series will help people get to know, more than merely know about, the person of John Paul II," says Sister Sheila. "Perhaps the presentations will encourage further personal study and reflection on the impact and influence of John Paul II."
For more information about the mini-series, contact Sister Sheila at
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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