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February 4, 2019 - Bishop Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, will present the annual Donald Grimes Lecture at King’s College at 7 p.m. Monday, February 18.  Titled “The Challenges to Interreligious Understanding Posed by Rising Nationalism,” the free public lecture will be held in the Burke Auditorium of the McGowan School of Business.

Bishop Bambera chairs the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The committee is the principal interfaith organization of the national bishops’ conference.

In his presentation, Bishop Bambera will reflect upon both the historical and current rise of nationalism and its consequences upon society and religious expression.  He will address inter-religious challenges posed by nationalism and then focus particularly upon the response of the Church in light of the perspective provided by the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.  He will also discuss the leadership of Pope Francis who has stated that a "culture of encounter" and "an attitude of openness and truth" are necessary conditions for authentic peace in our world.

In 2006, the annual Donald Grimes Lecture was instituted to honor the late Rev. Donald Grimes, C.S.C. From his arrival at King’s College in 1972 until his death in 2005, Father Grimes served as a professor, counselor, administrator, and the vice president of academic affairs.

If the event is cancelled on February 18 by inclement weather, the lecture will be held on Tuesday, February 19, same time and location. The McGowan School of Business is located on the corner of N. River and W. Union streets, Wilkes-Barre.  Parking will be available in on-campus lots. For more information, please contact Dr. Bernard Prusak, director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, at (570) 208-5900, ext. 5689.