Gannon University Hosts Annual Loftus Lecture

Rev. Timothy Kesicki, S.J.Posted: March 25, 2015

Pope Francis is the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first non- European pope in more than 12 centuries. He is also the first Jesuit pope, which gives the Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J. a special perspective on this papacy.

Father Kesicki will present a lecture entitled, "Pope Francis' Theology of the Periphery" at the 2015 Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on Catholic Thought and Action on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the Yehl Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 214 W. Seventh St.

Father Kesicki, S.J. is the president of the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C., charged with the responsibility of promoting common goals and overseeing international projects for the Society of Jesus in the United States. Ordained a priest in 1994, Fr. Kesicki served in the Jesuit Refugee Service in Adjumani, Uganda before teaching theology at Loyola High School in Detroit. From 200 to 2008 he served as president of St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland after which he was named provincial of the Detroit and Chicago Province of the Jesuits until 2014. His formation as a Jesuit included philosophy studies at Loyola University Chicago, theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and studies in educational administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York.

Fr. Kesicki was born and raised in Erie, the son and brother of Gannon alumni.

The Loftus Lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is requested here