Theology on Tap (TOT)

The Perfect Brew of Faith & Fun: Theology on Tap 

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Theology on Tap is an outdoor, summer speaker series for young adults. Enrich your faith as you meet new people and enjoy some food and drinks on our church plaza on a beautiful summer evening. 


2015 Speakers & Topics

July 14: Archbishop Blase Cupich -- Archbishop of Chicago

"Laudato Si', On Care For Our Common Home

On June 18, Pope Francis published his highly-anticipated encyclical on the environment: Laudato Si’. Archbishop Cupich will reflect on this new encyclical, in which the Pope calls all peoples to action in the care for our common home.

 Archbishop Blase Cupich was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago on November 18, 2014. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975. He was pastor of two parishes in Omaha before being appointed in 1998 as Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2010, he was appointed the sixth Bishop of Spokane, Washington.


July 21: Michael O'Loughlin -- National Reporter at the Boston Globe's Crux

"Hot off the Press: Confessions of a Church Reporter"

Michael O’Loughlin will share his unique perspective as a young adult reporter covering a hugely diverse Church here in the United States and from Rome, and will preview two momentous Catholic events taking place this Fall - The US papal visit and the Synod on the Family – examining what young adults need to know and why these events matter.

Michael O’Loughlin reports on the Catholic Church for The Boston Globe’s Crux and is the author of The Tweetable Pope (Sept. 8, HarperOne).  Before joining Crux, he spent 5 years in Washington, D.C. as a freelance writer, and has been interviewed on Fox News, MSNBC, and NPR to discuss the Catholic Church’s influence in public life.  Originally from Massachusetts, Michael is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and Yale Divinity School.


July 28: Fr. Manny Dorantes -- Pastor of Immaculate Conception

"Mercy in the 21st Century: From Charleston to Capitol Hill and Beyond"

Mercy is central to Jesus’ teachings and actions, and has been identified by Pope Francis as the primary challenge of our generation. So what does mercy look like in 2015, as we wrestle with racially charged church shootings and the legalization of same sex marriage, let alone our day-to-day encounters with others?

Fr. Manuel Dorantes, the previous Associate Pastor at Saint Clement Parish, graduated with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in June. In April 2014 he was invited to serve as Assistant to the Director of the Holy See Press Office as liaison to the Spanish-speaking media. Fr. Dorantes will assume the role of Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Brighton Park on July 1, 2015.


Aug. 4: Rita George-Tvrtković, PhD -- Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine University

"Christian-Muslim Relations in the Age of ISIS"

In a post-9/11 world, one in which the extremists of Al-Qaeda and ISIS are not only targeting the secular "West" but also persecuting their Eastern Christian neighbors, why should Catholics and Muslims engage in interfaith dialogue and work together for the common good? How is this done?"

Rita George-Tvrtković is associate professor of theology at Benedictine University, where she specializes in medieval and contemporary Christian-Muslim relations. Before completing her doctorate at the University of Notre Dame, she served as associate director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.




Theology on Tap 2014

July 8: Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services

  "Common Ground, Uncommon Excellence: Faith, Action, Results" 

July 15: Fr. Peter Wojcik, Chief Strategy and Innovation

 "Pope Francis: Shake Up the Church"

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July 22: Sr. Stephanie Balgia, Sister, Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago

"Faith and Athletics"

July 29: Mary Deeley, Pastoral Associate and Director of the Christ the Teacher Institute 

"The Catholic Lens: What We Believe and Why It's Important"

Aug. 5: Fr. John Kartje, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Mundelein Seminary 

 "I Believe in One Higgs Boson... Through Him All Things Were Made: Faith at The Frontiers of Science"

Aug. 13: Fr. James Martin, SJ, Jesuit priest, author and editor at large at America (live via Skype)

 "Jesus: Our Friend and Savior"


Theology on Tap 2013

July 16, 2013:  Tim O'Malley, Ph.D.

"When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned: The Hidden Gift of Disappointment"


July 23, 2013:  Cristina Traina

"Sex and the City of God"

July 30, 2013:  Clarissa Aljentera

"#Discipleship in a Digital World – A Challenge, a Chore and the Charge"


August 6, 2013:  Fr. Ed Shea O.F.M.

"From the Other Side of the Confessional: Insights into God’s Loving Mercy"  |  Phone: (773) 281-0371  | Fax: (773) 281-2509 | 642 W. Deming Place  Chicago, IL 60614