Saint Joseph's College announces fall lecture series

This fall Saint Joseph's College launches a contemporary, four-part lecture series titled "Public Catholicism and the American Political Challenge." The series features notable thinkers who will stimulate dialogue on how Catholics perceive and engage in civic responsibility. The dates are:

Thursday, Sept. 30 - Rep. Brian Golden of the Massachusetts Legislature opens the series with a timely talk on "Catholicism and Presidential Elections."

Thursday, Oct. 7 - Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Portland follows with a talk titled "How Do Our Beliefs Influence Our Political Decisions?"

Thursday, Oct. 14 - Professor Kathleen Elrod of Boston College will lecture on "The Democratic Soul in Plato's Republic: Who Would Socrates Vote For, and Why Should You Care?"

Tuesday, Oct. 26 - At the last lecture of the series, Gerard Wegemer, a professor at the University of Dallas, will speak on "Thomas More: Conscience, Integrity and Statesmanship."

Rep. Golden was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1998, and re-elected in 2000 and 2002. Golden serves as co-chair of the House Special Commission on School Building Assistance and as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Government Regulations. He is a graduate of Harvard College, and the College of William & Mary School of Law.

Golden was a legal adviser to the Bosnia-Herzegovina peacekeeping mission in 2001-2002. In recent years, he has been recalled twice to active duty in the United States Army Reserve, and has served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at the Army Operations Center in the Pentagon.

Bishop Malone, a dynamic speaker and inspiring spiritual leader and educator, has lectured nationally on Catholic education, produced and hosted programs for Boston Catholic Television, and was the archdiocesan liaison with the Jewish community in Boston.

Originally from Massachusetts, Rev. Malone was ordained a priest in 1972 and became Associate Pastor to St. Patrick Parish, Stoneham. Following teaching positions in Catholic high schools, in 1979 he joined the faculty of his alma mater, St. John Seminary College, where he taught religious and theological studies and also served as registrar and academic dean. He was part-time chaplain at Wellesley and Regis Colleges and taught at Emmanuel College in Boston. In 1990, Rev. Malone was assigned to the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Center as chaplain of St. Paul Parish. He became Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese in 1993; and in 1995 was named Secretary for Education, charged with overseeing educational activities of the Archdiocese. In 2000, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston, South Region.

Bishop Richard Joseph Malone graduated from St. John Seminary in Boston with a bachelor's degree in philosophy, a bachelor's degree in divinity and a master's degree in theology. In 1981, Bishop Malone earned a doctorate in theology at Boston University. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., in 1990.

Kathleen Elrod, a humanities teacher and administrator at independent schools for almost 10 years, lectures in the philosophy department at Boston College. She also serves as a curriculum and professional development consultant for Montrose School in Natick, Mass. She is trained as a coach in communication protocols through the National Association of Independent School Renewal.

Dr. Gerard Wegemer is professor of literature at the University of Dallas and the founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies. Among his publications are A Thomas More Source Book (2004), Thomas More on Statesmanship (1996) and Thomas More: A Portrait of Courage (1995). He serves as an editor for Moreana, the international journal on Thomas More, and is editing a series of Thomas More's major works. Wegemer has degrees in political philosophy and in literature from Boston College and Georgetown University, and a doctorate in English literature from Notre Dame.
All lectures will take place at 7 p.m. in the new Alfond Hall auditorium on the Standish campus. They are free and are open to the public.

September 7, 2004 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail