Lowell Lecture

Annual Candlemas Lecture: Francis X. Clooney: On the Edge: Reflections on Being a Catholic Intellectual amid Many Religions

Date & Time

Feb. 8, 2023 at 7 p.m.


Boston College - Gasson 100
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Francis X. Clooney

Presenting Organization

Boston College




Chandler Shaw (shawcp@bc.edu, )

Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is the Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School. He taught at Boston College from 1984 until 2005. He is generally recognized as the father of the contemporary field of comparative theology and he has published numerous books in the area of Hindu-Christian comparative theology. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, on the early Jesuit pan-Asian discourse on reincarnation, and on the dynamics of dialogue and interreligious learning in the contemporary world. Recent books include Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics: Why and How It Matters (University of Virgina Press, 2019) and Western Jesuit Scholars in India: Tracing Their Paths, Reassessing Their Goals (Brill, 2020), and St. Joseph in South India: Poetry, Mission and Theology in Costanzo Gioseffo Beschi’s Tēmpāvaṇi. (de Nobili Research Library Series, Vienna 2022). He is currently President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

Cosponsored by the Theology Department

*Please note that this event has been rescheduled from February 1st to February 8th