Newman Theological College
Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

This lecture series is dedicated to the memory of Archbishop Anthony Jordan, OMI, of the Edmonton Archdiocese (1964-1973). Archbishop Jordan was responsible for founding Newman Theological College (NTC), which opened its doors in 1969 for the theological education of seminarians, religious men and women and laity in the wake of the renewed ecclesiology of Vatican II.

The annual Anthony Jordan Lecture Series is co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and NTC. The Series offers students and academics of various fields and members of the public a unique opportunity to hear world-renowned scholars address topical subjects in theology. With ample opportunity for discussion and debate, the series is a popular and thought-provoking Newman Theological College event.

2017 Anthony Jordan Lecture Series

co-sponsored by The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Videos will be posted soon!

Speaker: Dr. Hans Boersma

March 3 & 4, 2017

Topic: Real Presence: An Ecumenical Perspective

Location: St. Joseph Seminary 9828-84 Street NW

Cost: Good Will Offering


Friday, March 3:

Christ in Scripture, 7 p.m.

An appeal for a shared, ecumenical approach to reading Scripture as containing the presence of Christ.

Saturday, March 4:

Christ in the Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Referring to Augustine and de Lubac, making a plea for the unity of the body, which presents challenges both to Catholics and for Protestants.

Mass, 11:30 a.m.

Christ in the Church, 2 p.m.

An Analysis and evaluation of Unitatis Redintegratio, arguing that it has many positive qualities, but pulls the eschatological reality of the Church (the presence of Christ) too directly into the here and now.


Hans Boersma (Ph.D. University of Utrecht) is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.  Before coming to Regent College in 2005, he taught for six years at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.  He also served several years as a pastor in a Reformed church.  His interests are in patristic theology, twentieth-century Catholic thought, and spiritual interpretation of Scripture.  Boersma is the author of a number of books, including Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017); Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ (Baker Academic, 2016); and Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans, 2011).

Watch the lectures from 2016 by Dr. Mary Healy titled "Turning the World Upside-Down and the Church Inside-Out: Scripture and the New Evangelization"

Friday, March 2, 2016 "The Mission"

Saturday, March 3, 2016 "The Message"

Saturday, March 3, 2016 "The Means"

Past lecturers include:

Dr. Mary Healy, Turning the World Upside-Down and the Church Inside-Out: Scripture and the New Evangelization (2016)
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, From Vatican II to a World Church (2015)
Rev. Joseph Komonchak Ph.D., St. Augustine's Understanding of the Church (2014)
Dr. Francesca Aran Murphy, Marian Faith (2013)
Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap., The Reality and Presence of Jesus (2012)
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Ready to Give Reason for Our Hope: The New Evangelization and the Challenges of the Modern World (2011)
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Catholic Education: Challenges of the Third Millennium (2009)
Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, The Goodness and Beauty of God: John Henry Newman on Divine Presence (2008)
Fr. Ron Rolheiser, O.M.I., Naming the Present Moment: Hope and Challenge in a Time of Receding Transcendence (2007)
Dr. Michael W. Higgins, Models of Holiness: Is Sanctity in a Time Warp? (2006)
Prof. Robert Schreiter, A New Modernity: Living and Believing in an Unstable World (2005)
Dr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, Grace Enfleshed: Resources for a Contemporary Theological Anthropology (2004)
Rev. Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P., Ministry in the Church: History and Future (2003)
Dr. Peter Phan, Christianity Amidst Other Religions: A Missionary Perspective (2002)
Fr. Kenan Osborne, Sacraments and Liturgy in the New Millennium (2001)
Rev. John P. Galvin, Jesus Christ in the New Millennium (2000)
Dr. William Thompson, Spirituality’s Challenges to Today’s Theology (1999)
Dr. Eileen Schuller, Dead Sea Scrolls (1998)
Rabbi Asher Finkel, Christianity and Judaism in Dialogue (1997)
Dr. John MacQuarrie, Quests and Challenges in Theology and Spirituality (1996)
Fr. Richard McCormick, Moral Theology in a Changing World (1995)
Fr. Avery Dulles, John Henry Newman: Faith and the Intellectual Life (1994)
Fr. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, Scripture, the Soul of Theology (1993)
Dr. Monika Hellwig, Theology in Service of Spirituality (1992)
Dr. Langdon Gilkey, Religion and Science (1991)
Dr. Sandra Schneiders, Christian Feminism and the Theological Task (1990)
Rev. Jurgen Moltmann, Living a Theology of Hope Today (1989)
Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theology and Spirituality (1988)
Fr. Richard McBrien, Ecclesiology (1987)
Fr. George Tavard, Ecumenism (1986)