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Lecture series Oct. 3

‘Reborn in Wonder’ event: Bishop Wall on Humanae Vitae

LINCOLN (NI/SNR) – The 2018 “Reborn in Wonder” series continues Oct. 3 with a lecture by Bishop James Wall entitled “Humanae Vitae and the Wisdom of Pope Paul VI.”

The event is hosted by the Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, 320 N. 16th St., Lincoln, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“Bishop Wall speaks with great passion and conviction on the meaning of marriage and the blessings of children,” said Dr. John Freeh, director of the Newman Institute. “He is persuasive when it comes to showing Pope Paul VI’s prophetic wisdom in reaffirming the Church’s teaching on contraception. We are happy to host Bishop Wall as our way of marking the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae.”

All members of the Lincoln community and beyond are invited to the lecture, which will be followed by questions and refreshments.

Bishop Wall was ordained a priest June 6, 1998 for service in the Diocese of Phoenix, under the direction of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix. Bishop Olmsted was a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln.

During his time in Phoenix, Bishop Wall served on the Natural Family Planning Board; as chaplain for the Phoenix Legatus Chapter; and as a spiritual advisor for Rachel’s Vineyard retreats. He was a member of the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and an advisory board member of the Institute for Priests and Presbyterate in St. Meinrad, Ind.

Bishop Wall is a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher.

On February 5, 2009, Bishop Wall was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, and was consecrated and installed April 23, 2009. Bishop Wall’s episcopal motto is “Be Doers of the Word,” from the Epistle of St. James: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22).” This passage is to remind people to not only listen to the words of Christ, but to put them into daily action, following the teachings of the Lord.

For more information on the Oct. 3 event and upcoming lectures, see NewmanInstitute.com.

The Newman Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture is an integrated humanities program that provides opportunities to engage with fundamental human questions through study of great works and ideas of the Western tradition. The primary initiatives of the Institute include offering accredited humanities courses for college students, sponsoring cultural events and trips, and hosting the “Reborn in Wonder” lecture series.

For those unable to attend, the lecture will be posted in the video gallery.

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