The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
Join us for our annual Saint Agnes Lenten Lectures every Friday following 7PM Stations of the Cross. This year's theme is "persecution"—an examination of the historic and present-day oppression of the Catholic faith, and how the faithful overcame those hostilities through their deep devotion to Christ. We are delighted to have a wonderful line-up of speakers and broad selection of topics to edify and attract the lay faithful, seminarians, and clergy.
Feb. 16 | The Chinese Underground
Msgr. Stephen Digiovanni is a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he serves as Pastor of the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist. He is an alumnus of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and received his doctorate in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1983. Msgr. Digiovanni is the author of Ignatius: The Life of Ignatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei and Pius XII and the Jews: The War Years.
Feb. 23 | The English Reformation
Joseph Pearce is Senior Editor at the Augustine Institute, and Tolkien & Lewis Chair in Literary Studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and executive director of Catholic Courses. His books include The Quest for Shakespeare, Tolkien: Man and Myth, The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, and Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.
Mar. 2 | The Polish Resistance
Father Mark Moriarty was ordained in 1999 and served as an assistant priest at St. Hubert Catholic Community (1999-2000) and Holy Trinity & St. Augustine Catholic Churches (2000-2003). Fr. Moriarty most recently served for nine years as pastor of Mary, Queen of Peace parish in Rogers, Minnesota. In addition to his role as pastor, Fr. Moriarty was chaplain to Providence Academy (2003-2006). In May 2012, Fr. Moriarty was assigned as Pastor of the Church of Saint Agnes and Superintendent of Saint Agnes School.
Mar. 9 | The Japanese Martyrs
Deacon Nathan Allen is the son of Protestant missionaries, raised in Japan, and discovered the Catholic faith while in college. Ordained a deacon in 2000, Deacon Allen is married with three children. A lawyer by training, Deacon Allen worked for Minnesota House of Representatives, and currently serves as judge for the Metropolitan Tribunal. Deacon is also the editor of the new edition of Hilaire Belloc's The Four Men.
Mar. 16 | The French Revolution
Charles Coulombe is the author of The Pope’s Legion, and Puritan’s Empire: A Catholic Perspective on American History. Coulombe is recognized internationally for his in-depth knowledge of Vatican politics and the influence of Catholicism in America and Europe. His international articles have appeared in the New Oxford Review, National Catholic Register, American Thinker, Los Angeles Catholic Mission, Monarchy Canada, and Taki’s Magazine.
Mar. 23 | The Coming Persecution?
Jason Adkins, Esq. is the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference where he has served since 2011. He received his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he has taught as an adjunct professor. Mr. Adkins also teaches at the St. Paul Seminary and writes a regular column that appears in diocesan newspapers around Minnesota.