The Carr Lectures

Co-sponsored by St. Mark's College and the Newman Association of Vancouver, the Carr Lectures celebrate the legacy of  Fr. Henry Carr, a Basilian priest who was a pioneering figure in the establishment of Catholic education in Canada and here in Vancouver.

As chaplain of the  Newman Club at UBC and the first principal of St. Mark's College, Fr. Carr was instrumental in the creation of a Catholic presence at UBC. Demonstrating the critical relationship between faith and reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition, he fostered  climate for public acceptance of the 1956 Act of the BC Legislature establishing St. Mark's College, and for the College's subsequent affiliation with the University of British Columbia.

In 2012 Fr. Carr was designated a person of national historic significance by the federal government and this year, in recognition of his achievements, Parks Canada installed a memorial plaque outside Carr Hall at the University of Toronto.

Previous Carr Lecture speakers include Dr. Angus Reid, Canada's best-known and longest practicing pollster, Br. Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, Archbishop of Vancouver and many other notable figures.

Carr Lecture Series

Professor Santa J. Ono

15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia

Lecture: The Liberal Arts in the 21st Century: More Important than Ever (2019)

Father Thomas Rosica, CSB

Founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada and English language assistant in the Holy See Press Office

Lecture: Preaching and Communicating in a Franciscan Era: What is the Church learning from an Argentine, Jesuit Pope? (2018)

Dr. Angus Reid, PhD

Chairman, Angus Reid Institute
Canada's best-known and longest-practicing pollster

Lecture: Faith and Society (2017)

With support from Cardus, City in Focus, and the Vancouver School of Theology.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB

Archbishop, Archdiocese of Vancouver
Lecture: Love, Mercy and Forgiveness: Pope Francis and the Future of the Catholic Church (2016)

Sr. Nuala Kenny, OC, BA, MD, FRCP

Member, Archdiocesan Commission of Enquiry into the Sexual Abuse of Children by Members of the Clergy (The Winter Commission), Archdiocese of St. John's
Author, Healing the Church; Diagnosing and Treating the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

Lecture: Diagnosing and Treating Child and Youth Sexual Abuse: Insights from the Empirical Sciences and Theology (2014)
Lecture: Social Justice and the Common Good: Current Issues in Health Care (2014)

 Co-Sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics (CAE), School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia and St. Paul's Hospital

Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ

Astronomer, The Vatican Observatory
Lecture: Pluto and the Vatican: How Do Science and Religion Handle Changes in Our Understanding of Reality (2012)
Lecture: Discarded Worlds: Astronomical Ideas that Were Almost Correct (2012)
In partnership with the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy

Archbishop Marcel André J. Gervais

Archbishop, Archdiocese of Ottawa
President, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Lecture: The Sanctity of Christian Family Life (1996)
Lecture: Christian Humanism and Family Life (1996)

Judge John T. Noonan

Consultant, Papal Commission for Study of Problems of Population, Family and Birth
Editor, Natural Law Forum, Natural Law Institute, Notre Dame Law School
Author, Contraception: A History of Its Treatment by the Catholic Theologians and Canonists

Lecture: The Nature of the Natural Law (1994)
Lecture: The Development of Moral Doctrine (1994)

Dr. Suzanne Scorsone

Director of Communications and Catholic Family Life Office, Archdiocese of Toronto
Commissioner, Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies (Baird Commission)

Lecture: New Reproductive Technologies and the Definition of Family (1993)
Lecture: New Reproductive Technologies and the Incarnation (1993)

Rev. James Hanrahan, CSB

Principal, St. Mark's College
Lecture: Christian Wisdom and Secular Knowledge (1992)
Lecture: Unfinished Business: Contemporary Concerns (1992)