Romero Lecture 2014

Jesus calls us to be peacemakers in the Sermon on the Mount. How can we live this call in the midst of violence and unrest on our streets and around the world?

Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, professor of international relations at Catholic University, grappled with this question in the latest Romero Lecture keynote: “Make Us Instruments of Peace: Peacebuilding in the 21st Century.”

The 2014 Lecture was on Friday, March 21  at the Rutgers University Camden Campus Center.

The lecture focused on current work of Catholic Peacebuilders around the world. Dr. Cusimano Love shared stories from communities in Columbia, Rwanda, and the Philippines to help explain what a practical theology of peace looks like.

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 Biography of Our 2014 Lecturer

Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love is an Associate Professor of International Relations in the Politics Department of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she teaches courses on Security, Peace Studies, Just Peace, U.S. Foreign Policy, Terrorism, Globalization, and The Problem of Sovereignty.

She is on the Core Group for the Department of State’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy, charged with making recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the US government can better engage with civil society and religious actors in foreign policy.

Dr. Cusimano Love also serves on the boards of a number of Catholic peacebuilding organizations, including the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Committee, where she advises the bishops on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy, and engages in advocacy with the U.S. government.

Some of her recent books, on the subject of International Relations, include Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda and Morality Matters: Ethics and the War on Terrorism.

Audio Recording of 2014 Lecture

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History of the Romero Lecture Series

The Romero Lecture provides an opportunity to raise awareness and to approach current realities from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching, and support Romero Center Ministries.

Now in its 13th year, the event has included keynotes by: Msgr. Bob McDermott, John P. Hogan, Ph.D., Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Sr. Helen Prejean, Diana Hayes, Ph.D., Rev. Daniel Groody, Anthony Campolo, Ph.D., Rev. Bryan Massingale, Carolyn Forché, Ph.D, Stephen Schneck, Ph.D, and Jack Jezreel.

The annual Romero Lectures presented from 2001-2007 are collected in a small volume called “Romero’s Legacy: The Call to Peace and Justice,” edited by Pilar Hogan Closkey and  John P. Hogan, Ph.D.



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