Bishop's Distinguished Lecture

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Appointed by Bishop Richard Gagnon and subsequently re-appointed by Bishop Gary Gordon to the position of Catholic Chaplain for the University of Victoria and Camosun College, Reverend Father Dean Henderson initiated the idea of an annual lecture that would function as a forum wherein dialogue between the Catholic Church and the wider academic community would be fostered and enhanced.


The Catholic Church possesses a profound historical perspective that no other institution can offer the world, a perspective spanning centuries, a tradition of wisdom inherited from our Jewish elders and experience contributed by people of every land.


The Lecture is an opportunity for people to encounter the Church's vast cultural, philosophical and scientific resources through the witness of people who are competent in their respective areas of expertise.

Previous Speakers


His Grace Michael Miller, CSB. Archbishop of Vancouver. Former Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and former President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.


Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, biblical scholar and founder of Salt & Light Television and assistant to the Press Office of the Holy See.


Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration.


Mary Anne Waldron QC, Professor of Law, University of Victoria. Author of Free To Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada.


Dr. Charles Taylor, CC, GOQ, FRSC. Philosopher. Templeton Prize, Kyoto Prize.


Dr. Margaret Somerville, D.C.L., LL.B., A.u.A. (Pharm.), FRSC. Ethicist. Professor, McGill University. Founding Director, Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. Samuel Gale Chair in Law. Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care.

The Lecture was established during the tenure of His Excellency Bishop Richard Gagnon, 16th Bishop of Victoria.