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Catholic Studies Presents the Fourth Annual Monsignor James Cafone S.T.D. Memorial Lecture  

Monsignor Cafone talking to students

The late Msgr. Cafone speaking with students.

The Program of Catholic Studies is pleased to invite you to the Fourth Annual Monsignor James Cafone S.T.D. Memorial Lecture, featuring Reverend Daniel Utrecht, C.O., Ph.D. The lecture is titled, "A Bishop Who Stood Against Hitler and his Lessons for Today" and will be presented on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge of the University Center.

The lecture will highlight Blessed Clemens August von Galen who was the first bishop named in Germany after Adolf Hitler took power. He became known as the Lion of Münster because of his outspoken criticism of the Nazis. In 1941, at the height of Germany's success in World War II, he predicted that unless the country put an end to the injustice of the Gestapo, no amount of heroism on the battlefield would prevent the country from collapsing into ruin. His sermons against the Gestapo and the killing of the handicapped were secretly copied and distributed all over Germany, as well as being dropped in huge numbers from British airplanes. He survived the war and was made a Cardinal in early 1946, but died of a appendicitis attack shortly after returning to Germany from Rome.

Fr. Utrecht's lecture will present some highlights of Bishop Von Galen's life and his sermons, and suggest some lessons he has for us today.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies, University Core and the Department of Religion.


Rev. Daniel Utrecht, C.O., Ph.D.

Rev. Daniel Utrecht, C.O., Ph.D.

About the Speaker:
Rev. Daniel Utrecht, C.O., Ph.D., is a priest of the Oratory of St Philip Neri, Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Dallas (B.A., Philosophy), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D., Philosophy). He joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in 1980 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1985. Father teaches at St Philip's Seminary, Toronto, directed by the Fathers of the Oratory, and is pastor of St Vincent de Paul Church, one of the two parishes served by the Oratorians in Canada. He is the author of The Lion of Münster: the Bishop Who Roared Against the Nazis (TAN Books, 2016). The Lion of Münster won the first place award in the category of biography in the 2017 Excellence in Publishing Awards of the Association of Catholic Publishers, and second place in history from the Catholic Press Association.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ines Murzaku at or (973)-275-2808 Gloria Aroneo at or (973)-275-2808.

About Catholic Studies:
The Catholic Studies Program at Seton Hall University offers an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum for students of any creed who are interested in deepening their knowledge of Catholicism's rich intellectual tradition and living heritage. Combining the study of history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, sociology, and other disciplines, Catholic Studies focuses on the church's dialogue with culture and encounter with the world. Students interested in Catholic Studies have the option to pursue a major, minor, or certificate that complements and enhances the university's other degree programs and fields of study. Over 20 years the academic program and its variegated activities have stayed true to and fulfilled the Catholic mission and vision of the University.

Categories: Faith and Service

For more information, please contact:

  • Gloria Aroneo
  • (973) 275-2808
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