New Father Jim Bacik lecture series begins

by Sylvania AdVantage Staff


The Sylvania Franciscan Village reminds the public about the lecture series by Fr. Jim Bacik, “Bridging our Polarized Divisions: Drawing on Christian Wisdom.” Lectures in this series focus on bridging the various divisions that threaten society today by retrieving relevant insights from the Christian tradition. The lectures will deal with various divides, including gender, religion, politics, economics and race.

The series began with “Bridging the Gender Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Aug. 9. Fr. Bacik offered an examination of the history of sexism in the United States, the current “Me Too” movement and the role religion plays in gender relationships.

The next lecture in the series is “Bridging the Religious Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, Sept. 13. Fr. Bacik will offer an examination of what divides the Catholic community, the larger Christian world and the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. How can we promote and improve ecumenical and interfaith dialogue?

Additional lectures this fall include “Bridging the Political Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, Oct. 11 and “Bridging the Economic Divide: Christian Perspectives” on Thursday, Nov. 8.

All lectures are held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Tickets: $10 reserved; $15 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Laurie Bertke at or 419-824-3515. Tickets may also be purchased online at

Sylvania Franciscan Village
Formally established in 2009, the Sylvania Franciscan Village is comprised of the Sisters of St. Francis and all of their ministries. Visit for more information. To learn more about this and future events, contact Sophia Lloyd at, 419-824-3533 or visit

Father Jim Bacik
Father Jim Bacik is a widely-regarded theologian, writer, lecturer and pastor who served as campus minister and adjunct professor of humanities at The University of Toledo for more than 30 years. Ordained in 1962 as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo, he served at St. Mary’s Sandusky, St. Thomas More Bowling Green and Corpus Christi University Parish in Toledo.

As pastor of Corpus Christi, he led several important initiatives including establishing a Chair of Catholic Studies at The University of Toledo; building a new church and parish facility; organizing the nationally acclaimed Christian Leadership Program; and promoting an extensive Christian Service Program for students and permanent community members. His books include Apologetics and the Eclipse of Mystery; Contemporary Theologians; Catholic Spirituality: Its History and Challenge; and A Light Unto My Path: Crafting Effective Homilies (co-authored by Dr. Kevin Anderson). He has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Australia, China, Japan, Latin America, and Russia.

In November 2014, Lourdes University established the Father James J. Bacik Archives as well as an endowed chair in theology in his name. Father Bacik holds a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford in England and previously taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, and taught summer programs at both Notre Dame University and Fordham University.

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