JOLIET – Eileen H. Gutierrez, director of development at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, reflected on how young Catholics today ask more questions about their faith than previous generations did.
The last two speakers in the cathedral centennial speaker series are perfect for a generation that wants to know because “the God thing doesn’t always make sense,” Gutierrez said.
The first speaker, the Rev. John Kartje, will discuss the relationship between faith and science at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The second speaker, Colleen Murphy Duggan, will discuss Catholic parenting at 7 p.m. Nov. 9.
Both speakers are experts on their respective topics, Gutierrez said. Kartje is the rector of Mundelein Seminary and an astrophysicist Duggan is the mother of five and a prominent author and blogger on Catholic parenting.
Kartje spoke at the cathedral last year during the Year of Mercy, Gutierrez said. The presentation he will deliver on Oct. 12 is one Kartje also has presented at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, she added.
“He looks like a scientist, and he talks like a scientist,” Gutierrez said. “He knows how young people are used to learning, and he makes it appealing to them. He has a big screen Power Point; he doesn’t stand behind a podium in front of the church. It’s a lecture, not a homily.”
Before scheduling Duggan, Gutierrez spent some time on the phone talking to her and asking herself, “Would I take advice from this lady?” It didn’t take long for Gutierrez to decide she definitely would.
Duggan, Gutierrez said, was not pious in the stuffy sense of the word. Instead, she found it easy to connect with Duggan and felt certain others would, too.
“She’s a very ordinary person, but she’s got things that aren’t so ordinary figured out,” Gutierrez said.
The Cathedral of St. Raymond is located at 604. N. Raynor Ave., Joliet. For information on either of these programs, call 815-722-6653.