Head of evangelization program to speak here Oct. 2

Head of evangelization program to speak here Oct. 2

Dr. Jonathan Reyes, president of the Augustine Institute, a new master’s program in evangelization and scripture studies in Denver, will discuss “The Rising Generation of Catholics and the New Evangelization” in a lecture at the University of St. Thomas.

Reyes will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus. The talk, the ninth annual Joseph and Edith Habiger Lecture in Catholic Studies, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Jonathan Reyes

In addition to his work with the new graduate program in Denver, Reyes is the vice president of formation at FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students), a campus ministry program serving more than 25 U.S. colleges and universities.

Earlier, he served as vice president for academic affairs at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and had worked in campus outreach at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He has spoken at conferences, parishes and college campuses across the country. He also has appeared on the Catholic television network EWTN.

Reyes holds a master’s in history from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in history from the University of Notre Dame.

The annual Habiger lecture, sponsored jointly by St. Thomas and St. John's University in Collegeville, is named for the parents of Monsignor James Habiger, who stepped down in 1995 after 15 years as executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.

Now a part-time chaplain at St. Thomas, he had served Minnesota parishes in Austin, Winona and Rochester, was superintendent of education for the Diocese of Winona for 16 years and was a high school principal at Winona Cotter High School for four years.

For more information about Reyes’ talk, call the St. Thomas Center for Catholic Studies, (651) 962-5700.