Benvegnu Lecture Series Begins November 14

Friday, October 28, 2022

By Linda Peterson

Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY — The Benvegnu Lecture Series at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church will open Nov. 14 with the annual Hesburgh Lecture, which is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Utah and St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Michael Pippinger, Vice President of the University of Notre Dame and Associate Provost for Insourcing, will speak on “Leading the Future of Higher Education.”

The annual lecture series began in 2014 at the request of Fr. John Norman, a retired diocesan priest who was then parish priest. The series is organized by Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, pastor emeritus of the parish. It is in memory of Msgr. Mark Benvegnu, parish priest from 1962 until his retirement in 1986.

It is important to continue this tradition, said Father Samuel Dinsdale, the current parish priest. “It gives people the opportunity to come to church and hear topics discussed that might be of interest to them. In the sessions of the synod [for the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023]people have asked for continuing education opportunities, so this provides a way for people to come to church and learn something new.

With the exception of Pippinger’s lecture, this year’s series will focus on the Eucharist, Fr Dinsdale said.

Msgr. Mannion will address the theme of “The Eucharist as a Sacrament of Heaven” on December 1. In the Eucharist, the faithful not only remember the Passion, death and resurrection of Christ, they also contemplate sharing at the heavenly table of God.

On Jan. 12, Dinsdale will continue to explore the Eucharistic theme with a presentation on “The Eucharist as a Sacrament of Unity,” which will address the work of Christians toward common worship. It will develop the ecumenical aspects of the Eucharist and where Catholic and Protestant ideas and concepts on the Eucharist diverge and converge.

Gregory Glenn, director of liturgy and music at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, will examine the renewal of the liturgy envisaged by Vatican II in a lecture on February 23 titled “The Eucharist: 60 years after Vatican II.” Glenn’s presentation will explore the renewal desired by the United States Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops, reflect on its implementation, and consider future directions for renewal in the celebration of the Eucharist.

To conclude the lecture series, Deacon Scott Dodge, director of the Diocesan Diaconate Office, will speak on “What is ‘true’ presence” on March 16th. The Church teaches that Christ is “really” present in the Eucharist, but what the Church means by “really” or “real” is unclear to many Catholics. This presentation will explore what the Church means by its teaching that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist.

WHAT: Hesburgh Conference: Leading the Future of Higher Education »

WHEN: Monday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.

WHERE: St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 1375 E. Spring Lane, SLC

Free and open to the public.

Angela C. Hale