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The Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Lecture Series

Dr JT Vincent Lou

The Dr. J. T. Vincent Lou Lectures are made possible by a generous gift that enables us to offer educational opportunities on social justice topics. Dr. Lou shared the Sparkill Dominicans’ deep commitment to social justice and these lectures, given in his memory, perpetuate Dr. Lou’s legacy as a great humanitarian. Read about Dr. Lou’s incredible life story.

Events are held at Dominican Convent in Sparkill, NY and are free and open to the public. Check our site often for upcoming seminars or access past events below.


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Building Bridges: The Gospels and LGBTQ Outreach


Often in the Catholic Church, the question of how to reach out to LGBTQ people ends up focusing on the few lines written about them in the Catechism. But are there other places to look for insights? Even though Jesus never talked about homosexuality, can the Gospels tell us anything…

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Your Kingdom Is Built on Truth and Justice

by Ann M. Garrido, D.Min.

Truth and justice are often connected in scripture but the relationship between them can feel nebulous. Why are the two so often linked? As people deeply concerned about justice, how do we also find the energy to care about truth? Why is the pursuit of truth in our world of…

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Diversity is Our Strength

by Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher Th.D.

A thought-provoking journey through our long history as a nation wrestling with issues of racial justice and religious freedom. A Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Lecture.

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Softened Hearts: Catholic Identity in a Polarized America

by Cardinal Joseph Tobin CSsR

A reflection on the harsh treatment of immigrants and other marginalized groups and draws on the teaching of Pope Francis to point to a way forward. A Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Lecture.

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Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?

by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Ph.D.

An exploration of action for ecojustice as an intrinsic part of Christian Faith. A Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Lecture. View on Youtube.

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Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and the New Faces of Holiness Today

by Robert Ellsberg

Robert Ellsberg, award-winning author of many books on saints, examines the meaning of sainthood and the models of holiness necessary for our time. A Dr. J.T. Vincent Lou Lecture. View on YouTube.

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