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Brueggeman Center hosts Pope discussion

By: Tatum Hunter ~Staff Writer~

Pope Francis’ unique approach to the papacy has many people talking. Next week, students, faculty and administrators at Xavier will gather to offer their opinions on Pope Francis’ leadership style and teachings.

The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue is holding an open discussion of the election and papacy of Pope Francis at Bellarmine Chapel at 7 p.m. on March 18 in Bellarmine Chapel.

The event is co-sponsored by various campus groups, including the Catholic Ministry Team and the Center for Mission and Identity.

The discussion will feature Dr. Gillian Ahlgren, who specializes in church history and mysticism, and Dr. Chris Pramuk, who studies issues of racial justice in society and the Church. Ahlgren and Pramuk will offer their perspectives on the papacy of Pope Francis as they field questions and lead discussion.

The event is geared mainly toward members of the Catholic community but is open to anyone who would like to attend.

“This pope is touching people from all walks of life and faith traditions,” Cynthia Cummins, administrative assistant at the Brueggeman Center, said.

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Gillian Ahlgren
Dr. Ahlgren has been teaching the Christian mystical tradition to college-age students, graduate students, and adult learners for 24 years. She is an internationally-recognized scholar of the tradition, an experienced spiritual director, and engages a regular practice of contemplative prayer. A popular teacher, public speaker and writer, she also gives several retreats per year. She has recently been appointed Director of Xavier University’s new Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice.