Theologian will speak May 23 in Bernardin lunch, lecture series

VILLA MARIA, Pa. — The Rev. Howard Gray will explore the topic “The Life of the Spirit” at the annual Bernardin lunch and lecture series scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. May 23 at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.

The center honors the memory of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and his Catholic Common Ground Project by offering this annual lecture on a current theme.

Father Gray is a noted theologian, author and lecturer. He was provincial for the Detroit Province from 1983-89 and executive director of the Detroit Province Spirituality Team from 1991-95.

From 1977-83, Father Gray was an associate professor of spiritual theology at Weston School of Theology, where he also served as dean from 1982-83 and was an adjunct professor in Spiritual Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.

During his time at Weston, he lectured occasionally at Boston College. He also has taught at Fordham and John Carroll universities, Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Father Gray is special assistant to the president of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The $40 fee for the lecture includes registration and lunch. There is a student discount rate of $35. Registration deadline is Friday. Send registration fee to Cindy Wilpula P.O. Box 424 Villa Maria, Pa. 16155. For information, call (724) 964-8920, ext. 3241, or send e-mail to

The Diocese of Youngstown will grant two hours toward religious education credits for anyone who attends the Bernardin lecture. The certificates will be available that day.

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