Paul Lakeland
Paul Lakeland
You can also hear Paul Lakeland May 1 at 7:00 pm at Christ Church Newman Center, 396 1st Avenue S, St Cloud. Lakeland will again present: “Pope Francis and the Liberation of the Laity”. The lecture is free and open to the public. For information please contact Wendy Caduff, 320-251-3260 or by email

Paul Lakeland speaking on

“Pope Francis and the Liberation of the Laity”

April 30, 2014

7:00pm – 8:30pm
St Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
1500 Franklin Ave SE
Minneapolis 55414

“So if laity make up at least 98% of the church, why do so many of us still think of priests and bishops as the church? What would the church of the future need to look like if our under-standing of priest is, instead, relative to the layperson? What does Pope Francis have to say about the role of the laity in the world and the responsibilities the baptismal priesthood places on each of us who are baptized in Christ’s name.

As an apostolic church, each of us is called to participation in the very real work of going outward and spreading the gospel message rather than just conforming to rules or turning to clergy for sacraments as a means to our own individual salvation. What needs to change, what can remain the same, and what really needs to happen as we move into this church of the future?”

Reception follows Lakeland’s remarks. This is a free event; no registration required but space is limited. Donations will be accepted. Lakeland’s books will be available for purchase (checks or cash).

This event is co-sponsored by St Frances Cabrini, CCCR, and CTA-MN. Contact: Art Stoeberl 651-278-6630 or email us

Paul Lakeland is the director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University. He is active in the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, and the Workgroup for Constructive Theology. His two most recent writings, both winners of Catholic Press Association awards, are The Liberation of the Laity: In Search of an Accountable Church and Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church.

May 28, 7:00pm Listening Session on Healthy Sexuality and the Church

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave So, St. Paul, 55116. We will invite people to share their own thoughts on the disconnects between Church policies / practices and their own lived experience (in prep for a paper to be sent to the national bishop’s gathering in October). Free to all. FFI contact Mary Beth Stein