Conversazioni at Caravita

The Caravita Community regularly hosts a series of talks on various topics of interest including the following:


11 January 2017• H.E. Ambassador Ken Hackett reflects on his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

10 December 2014 • “From Scholarship to Vatican Diplomacy: Theory and Practice”. This “Conversazione at Caravita” will be shared by Her Excellency Prof. Irena Vaisvilaite, Lithuanian Ambassador to the Holy See and Her Excellency Prof. Tamara Grdzelidze, Georgian Ambassador to the Holy See.

23 October 2014 • Archbishop Sir David Moxon and Ms. Antonia Satmplija will speak on “A Crime Against Humanity: The multi faith struggle against slavery and trafficking by the Global Freedom Network”.

15 May 2012 • Food and Identity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Dr. David M. Freindenreich. David Freidenreich is currently the Richard and Susan Master Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He is a member of the Colby College Religious Studies Department, Maine, USA, where he teaches a wide range of courses in Judaism, Jewish History, and Comparitive Religion. Dr. Freidenreich is an ordained Rabbi with a doctorate in Religion from Columbia University in New York. His research explores attitudes toward adherents of foreign religions, primarily as those attitudes are expressed in ancient and medieval religious law, and secondarily in the history of Maine’s Jewish communities. The “Conversazione” is based on David’s book, Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law.

7 May 2012 • Faith and Art. Artist Kiki McGrath speaks about making art, spiritual practice, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

29 March 2012 • Doctoral Candidate Alec Corio on Catholics in 19th Century England. This Conversazione was co-sponsored by The Anglican Centre Rome.

19 March 2012 • Professor Turid Seam on the Lutheran-Roman Catholic International Dialogue.

1 February 2012 • The Reverend Professor Robert Gribben spoke on the topic “Methodists in the Middle: Dialogues with Catholics, Anglicans, and the Salvation Army.” Professor Gribben is a minister of the Uniting Church in Australia of which the Methodist Church is a constituent part. He is a noted theologian and liturgist, having recently retired as Professor of Worship and Mission at the Centre for Theology and Ministry in Melbourne. He has been a member of the principal liturgical commissions of the Uniting Church for over thirty years, and written Uniting in Thanksgiving: The Great Prayers of Thanksgiving of the Uniting Church in Australia. (Uniting Academic Press, 2008). He currently serves as the Chair of the Ecumenics and Dialogues Standing Committee of the World Methodist Council. He is therefore well situated to give an overview from a Methodist perspective of some of the significant dialogues in which world Methodism is engaged.

2 November 2011 • “Reflections on Vatican Diplomacy” with Ambassador Tim Fischer (Australian Ambassador to the Holy See) and Ambassador Anne Leahy (Canadian Ambassador to the Holy See) in the Caravita Oratory.

12 April 2011 • Paula Buttarini, Paris, France, on her book “Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy”. Paula Butturini was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, grew up along Long Island Sound, got her B.A. from Wellesley College, and has spent most of her adult life in Europe, working and freelancing for numerous U.S. newspapers and the old United Press International in London, Madrid, Rome, Warsaw, and Paris.

10 March 2011 • Dr. John Armstrong (Adjunct Professor of Evangelism and Ecumenism, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA), Deacon Nathanael Bacon (Director of Central American Initiatives, InnerChange, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala), Deanna Hayes (Co-General Director, InnerChange, East London, UK), and José Peñate (Director of Gang Ministries, Inner Change, San Francisco, California, USA): “Missional Ecumenism at the Margins”.

12 November 2010 • Richard Leonard, S.J. discussing his book, “Where the Hell Is God?”.

13 May 2010 • Dr. Iain Benson, a lecturer, writer and legal philosopher; also a Senior Associate Counsel for Miller Thomson LLP and is Professor Extraordinary in the Department of Constitutional Law and Philosophy of Law, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa: “Human Rights in South Africa”.

11 May 2010 • Rabbi Arthur Green, an educator and a scholar of Jewish mysticism, a founder and current rector, Dean, and Professor of Boston Hebrew College’s non-denominational rabbinical program: “Creation Spirituality: A Contemporary Jewish Perspective”.

9 March 2010 • Dr. Elizabeth A. Donnelly, writer from Boston, MA; Ms. Kerry Robinson, Executive Director, National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Yale University: “The Changing Role of the Laity and the Future of the Church”.

10 December 2009 • The Very Reverend Alan Jones, Dean Emeritus, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, USA, on his book Common Prayer on Common Ground:  A Vision of Anglican Orthodoxy and on the recent Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

22 October 2009 • His Excelleny The Hon. Tim Fischer, Australian Ambassador to the Holy See and Australian Envoy to Bhutan on his recent book Bold Bhutan Beckons:  From Jesuits to Jetsetters.

4 June 2009 • Mr. Walt Grazier, Advisor, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. on Climate Change, Christian Responsibility, and the Future of the Planet.

22 May 2009 • Dr. James Alison, Theologian, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on the Courage to be Catholic (This event was hosted by Caravita but sponsored by The Tablet).

6 May 2009 • Professor John O’Malley, S.J., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA on his recent book What Happened at Vatican II.

21 April 2009 • The Revd. Professor George Kilcourse, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky, USA and Founder of the U.S. Branch of the International Organisation “Interchurch Families” on Interrchurch Families:  Challenges and Opportunities.

21 February 2008 • Professor Gregory Sharkey, S.J., Buddhist Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal on the Current State of Buddhist-Christian Relations in Nepal.

27 November 2007 • Most Reverend Wens Padilla, C.I.C.M., Bishop of Ulaan Baatar on the Growth of the Church in Mongolia.

18 April 2007 • Professor Mark Francis, C.S.V., Pontifical Liturgical Institute on Contemporary Issues in Liturgical Translation.

28 February 2007 • Mr. Peter Kenmore, Diplomat, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Mr. Duncan MacClaren, Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis, on International Development Aid.

24 January 2007 • Monsignor Donald Bolen of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Mr. Robert Mickens, Rome Correspondent, The Tablet on Issues in Ecumenical Relations.

29 November 2006 • Professor Daniel Madigan, S.J., President of the Institute for the Study of Religions and Cultures, Pontifical Gregorian University, on Christian-Muslim Relations.

11 May 2005 • The Rt. Revd. Stephen Platten, Bishop of Wakefield on the work of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission for Unity and Mission (IARRCUM).

1 June 2004 • Mrs. Julia Flack, Prison Official, Peterborough, U.K., on Prison Ministry.

3 May 2004 • Professor Nathan Mitchell, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA on Recent Developments in Liturgical Theology.

31 March 2004 • Professor Mary Tanner, OBE, Anglican Theologian, Stamford, Lincolnshire, U.K. on the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission.

29 March 2004 • The Rt. Revd. David Stancliffe, Bishop of Salisbury and Chair of the Church of England Liturgical Commission on Ecumenical Liturgical Cooperation.

23 March 2004 • Fromer Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey and Lady Eileen Carey on Anglican-Roman Catholic Relations.

11 March 2004 • The Most Reverend Michael Putney, Bishop of Townsville, Australia and The Revd. Dr. Geoffrey Wainright (Duke University, Durham, N.C., USA), Co-Chairs of the International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue on Important Developments in Methodist-Roman Catholic Relations.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]