Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, associate editor of “Commonweal” magazine, will deliver the 2014 Feast of Saint Francis Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

In the free public lecture titled “A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,” O’Reilly will examine what Pope Francis has done to shift the Catholic church’s focus to the poor and marginalized, and how he is working to bring about the reforms called for in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).

A native of Scranton, O’Reilly graduated from Yale University in 2003. Prior to joining the staff of “Commonweal” in 2008, O’Reilly served as an associate editor in the books department of Theatre Communications Group. Her writing has been published in “American Theatre” and the “Village Voice” and online at the “Guardian,” “Nextbook,” and

The Burke Auditorium is located in the William G. McGowan School of Business on North River Street. 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 208-5900, ext. 5689.

King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Mollie Wilson O’Reilly

Mollie Wilson O’Reilly