Panel Discussion at Gannon University Examines Pope Francis' Revolution

Posted: April 12, 2016

In his 2013 encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis called for "a revolution of tenderness." He asked that each individual and community work to create a more just and caring world in which each person, especially those most vulnerable and marginalized, become full and equal members of society.

How his request might be carried out is the subject of a panel discussion on Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m. in the Stubler Room on the second floor of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 124 W. Seventh St.

Entitled How To Bring Pope Francis' Revolution Into Our Classrooms, Churches and Communities, the free, public discussion is co-organized by the Gannon University departments of theology, philosophy, criminal justice and social work.

The panel will be comprised of Laura Goble, director of Gannon University's Center for Social Concerns; Aaron Kerr, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy; James Menkhaus, Ph.D., assistant professor of theology; Arlene Montevecchio, a doctoral student and Jennifer Wortman, Coordinator of youth and adult faith formation, Saint Joseph Church, Warren, Pennsylvania. The panel will be moderated by Catherine Datte, director of Gannon's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The event is the fifth in Gannon University's Globalization Speaker Series, the theme of which is Reaction, Reform
and Revolution
In A Globalized World. The series is an initiative of Gannon University's Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professorships program.

The Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professorship was created in 2011 to provide the recipients with the necessary time and resources to move their significant research forward, while also benefitting students, instruction, and the national reputation of Gannon University as a premier institution of higher education.


Complementary refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are appreciated and may be made to Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professor Chris Magno, Ph.D., at

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