Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

This lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Anthony Jordan, OMI, of the Edmonton Archdiocese (1964-1973). Archbishop Jordan was responsible for founding Newman Theological College (NTC), which opened its doors in 1969 for the theological education of seminarians, religious men and women and laity in the wake of the renewed ecclesiology of Vatican II.

The annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and NTC. The Series offers students and academics of various fields and members of the public a unique opportunity to hear world-renowned scholars address topical subjects in theology. With ample opportunity for discussion and debate, the series is a popular and thought-provoking Newman Theological College event.

2019 Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Speaker: Dr. Douglas Farrow


March 15 & 16, 2019


Friday, March 15:
7 p.m. A Greater Operation of Liberty

Saturday, March 16:
9:30 a.m. The Failure of Liberal Public Reason
11:00 a.m. Man of Lawlessness


Archdiocese of Edmonton, 8421-101 Avenue (Main Door on the North side of the building, 101 ave)

Douglas Farrow is Professor of Theology and Christian Thought at McGill University in Montreal and sometime holder of the Kennedy Smith Chair in Catholic Studies. He taught formerly in England at King’s College London and has lectured widely in North America and Europe. His recent books include Ascension Theology (T&T Clark 2011), Desiring a Better Country (McGill-Queens 2015), and Theological Negotiations: Proposals in Soteriology and Anthropology (Baker Academic 2018). He is also author of a volume on the Thessalonian letters in the Brazos Theological Commentary series (forthcoming).

Professor Farrow writes in religious and secular journals across a variety of fields. He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology and a number of other scholarly societies, coeditor of the Ashgate/Routledge Great Theologians series, and serves on the advisory board of Nova et Vetera (English edition). Besides teaching theology and ethics at McGill, he engages in New York with the work of the Institute on Religion and Public Life and of Evangelicals and Catholics Together, as with the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute in Ottawa. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions to public discourse on significant social issues. His personal story is told in Canadian Converts.

Watch our past lectures on our YouTube channel

(We're sorry we were not able to video tape the lecture series this year.)

Past lecturers include:

Dr. Matthew Levering, Exploring the Catholic Theology of Marriage (2018)
Dr. Hans Boersma, Real Presence: An Ecumenical Perspective (2017)
Dr. Mary Healy, Turning the World Upside-Down and the Church Inside-Out: Scripture and the New Evangelization (2016)
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, From Vatican II to a World Church (2015)
Rev. Joseph Komonchak Ph.D., St. Augustine's Understanding of the Church (2014)
Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy, Marian Faith (2013)
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap., The Reality and Presence of Jesus (2012)
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Ready to Give Reason for Our Hope: The New Evangelization and the Challenges of the Modern World (2011)
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Catholic Education: Challenges of the Third Millennium (2009)
Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, The Goodness and Beauty of God: John Henry Newman on Divine Presence (2008)
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., Naming the Present Moment: Hope and Challenge in a Time of Receding Transcendence (2007)
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Models of Holiness: Is Sanctity in a Time Warp? (2006)
Prof. Robert Schreiter, A New Modernity: Living and Believing in an Unstable World (2005)
Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, Grace Enfleshed: Resources for a Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2004)
Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., Ministry in the Church: History and Future (2003)
Dr. Peter Phan, Christianity Amidst Other Religions: A Missionary Perspective (2002)
Fr. Kenan Osborne, Sacraments and Liturgy in the New Millennium (2001)
Rev. John P. Galvin, Jesus Christ in the New Millennium (2000)
Dr. William Thompson, Spirituality’s Challenges to Today’s Theology (1999)
Dr. Eileen Schuller, Dead Sea Scrolls (1998)
Rabbi Asher Finkel, Christianity and Judaism in Dialogue (1997)
Dr. John MacQuarrie, Quests and Challenges in Theology and Spirituality (1996)
Fr. Richard McCormick, Moral Theology in a Changing World (1995)
Fr. Avery Dulles, John Henry Newman: Faith and the Intellectual Life (1994)
Fr. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Scripture, the Soul of Theology (1993)
Dr. Monika Hellwig, Theology in Service of Spirituality (1992)
Dr. Langdon Gilkey, Religion and Science (1991)
Dr. Sandra Schneiders, Christian Feminism and the Theological Task (1990)
Rev. Jurgen Moltmann, Living a Theology of Hope Today (1989)
Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theology and Spirituality (1988)
Fr. Richard McBrien, Ecclesiology (1987)
Fr. George Tavard, Ecumenism (1986)