The light of faith is unique, since it is capable of illuminating every aspect of human existence... Faith is born of an encounter with the living God who calls us and reveals his love, a love which preceeds us and upon which we can lean for security and for building our lives. Transformed by this love, we gain fresh vision, new eyes to see; we realize that it contains a great promise of fulfillment, and that a vision of the future opens up before us.
--Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei
The fundamental task of the evangelization of the culture is the challenge to make God visible in the human face of Jesus.
Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but about the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and decisive direction.
Therefore, let us pray to the Lord to enlighten us, so that, in our world, he will grant us the encounter with his presence, and thus give us a lively faith, an open heart, and great charity for all, capable of renewing the world.
--Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, various addresses
Lumen Civitatis sponsors opportunities which expose Memphians to the rich and life-giving heritage of Catholic teaching, through public events, guest speaker series, panel and roundtable discussions, campus ministry initiatives, and courses in Catholic Studies.
Our areas of particular focus are:
The Catholic spiritual tradition
The classical Catholic moral vision of virtue, happiness, and freedom for excellence
Intellectual, magisterial, and pastoral contributions of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis
Catholic Social Doctrine and its practical implications in Memphis, in service to the common good
The role of art and beauty in the Christian life
Faith formation and leadership development among university students
Building on the graces of the Magnificat Day of Joy and the inspiring keynote addresses given by Fr Robert Barron and Fr Peter John Cameron, OP, Lumen Civitatis has launched an exciting speaker series featuring highly regarded Catholic leaders, thinkers, and teachers, which we hope will have lasting and broad impact on the culture of faith in Memphis. Our speakers give or participate in tailored presentations, in various venues, for both the general public and local clergy and other leaders.
Click here for our library of Video and Audio from our Speaker Series.
Courses in Catholic Studies
Lumen Civitatis' intital and ongoing project in Catholic education is supporting Fr Bruce Cinquegrani's role as Visiting Professor of Catholic Studies at Christian Brothers University.
Fellowship of Catholic University Students
In January 2015, Lumen Civitatis funded scholarships for 25 students from the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Christian Brothers University to attend SEEK2015, a Fellowship Of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) leadership conference, where the students worshipped, learned, and fellowshiped with about ten thousand other Catholic university students from around the United States.
Lumen Civitatis, in collaboration with the Diocese of Memphis, has spearheaded the effort to bring FOCUS to the University of Memphis. Three FOCUS missionaries arrived in August 2015 to begin their ministry among the students, and a fourth missionary will join them in early 2016.