Connecting Spirituality, Markets & the Financial Crisis: The Moral Ecology of Markets

Connecting Spirituality, Markets & the Financial Crisis:  The Moral Ecology of Markets”

Featured Speaker:  Daniel K. Finn, Ph.D.

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry’s 35th Annual Otto A. Shults Lecture Series
Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public – No pre-registration is required.


In conjunction with the ongoing spiritual renewal for the Diocese of Rochester, the 2009 Otto Shults Lecture Series will feature guest lecturer Daniel K. Finn, Ph.D., whose lecture on “Connecting Spirituality, Markets & the Financial Crisis” will provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion of the spiritual needs of today’s Catholic Christian. In context of the current financial crisis, Professor Finn offers the believer a pathway to asses the value of materiality within global market systems and related moral imperatives.

Dr. Daniel K. Finn is the Clemens Professor of Technology and Economics at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. A native of the Rochester area, he earned his undergraduate degree at St. John Fisher College, his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago, and his MDiv. from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Professor Finn is the President-Elect of the Society of Christian Ethics, and past President of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2006-2007). He is the 2008 recipient of the Monica Hellwig Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities for outstanding contributions to Catholic intellectual life. Among his numerous publications are his recent monograph “Libertarian Heresy:  The Fundamentalism of Free-market Theology”, Commonweal, September 26, 2008, and his recent book The Moral Ecology of Markets:  Assessing Claims about Markets and Justice, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

The Otto A. Shults Lecture Series on Spirituality honors the dream of Mr. Otto A. Shults, a faithful and generous advocate of St. Bernard’s Seminary, predecessor of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Following her husband’s death, Mabel Shults continued the family’s commitment to theological and ministerial education by endowing this Lecture Series, now in its thirty-fifth year.

This year’s Otto Shults Lecture will be held at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY, and is free and open to the public. No pre-Registration is required.