Ilia Delio integrates theology with the sciences in the 2016 Zahm Lecture

By Kelsie Smith | September 20, 2016 1:45pm

Ilia Delio, an academic of historic theology, pharmacology and the sciences, will be the guest speaker for this year’s Zahm Lecture. This year’s lecture, “Cosmology, Catholicity, & Consciousness: Why Wholeness Matters” will take place this Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Buckley Center Auditorium at 7:15 p.m.

The annual event is hosted by the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture. The lecture will to address issues surrounding American Catholic education today.

Delio is both a scientist and a theologian, and the focus of her lecture will be on the teachings of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Letter called “Laudato Si', On Care For Our Common Home.”

As a Franciscan sister, scholar and activist, Delio has lectured internationally. Her multidisciplinary perspective that emphasizes the need to care for God’s creation, and doing so by means of science, is a perspective that is not common. Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si’” touches on God and science in a similar way.