MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The public is invited to hear the Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J., a moral theologian, bioethicist, writer, and the Canisius Professor of Theology at Boston College, speak about “Vulnerability, the University, and Virtue Ethics” 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Saint Mary’s University’s Minneapolis Campus.

The event is part of the cardinal conversation series, started by Saint Mary’s University in 2011 as a way to strengthen and further the university’s Catholic identity.

A social will follow at 5 p.m.; both events will be held in the University Center, 2540 Park Ave., in Minneapolis.

The Rev. Keenan, S.J., has been a Jesuit of the New York Province since 1970 and an ordained priest since 1982. He received his B.A. at Fordham University in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1976, after which he pursued his Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass. Having obtained his M.Div. in 1982, he went on to study at the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, receiving his S.T.L. in 1984 and his S.T.D. in 1988.

He has taught as an assistant professor of Moral Theology at Fordham University (1987-1991) and Weston Jesuit School of Theology (1991-1999). He taught as professor of Moral Theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology from 1999 to 2005, after which he became a full-time member of the Boston College Theology Department as a professor of Theological Ethics.

The Rev. Keenan has been actively involved in the field of bioethics and has particular experience with bioethics concerning HIV/AIDS. He is also columnist for Chicago Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please RSVP to smumn.edu/cvrsvp.





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