The Cardinals’ Forum

The Cardinals' Forum

The next event in this series is tentatively scheduled for August 30, 2022 in the Vianney Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Click below to watch the 2021 Forum.


The Cardinals’ Forum, named for the academic professorships at the Seminary, is an annual gathering, usually held during the first week of academic classes, to open the year of formation at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.  Its purpose is to advance the academic formation of seminary students and provide continuing education for the lay faithful about topics of contemporary concern in the Church.

The topic for the forum is selected each year through consultation among those faculty holding endowed chairs (the Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology, the Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics & Social Communications, and the Francesco Chair of Sacred Music) and with the insight of the Archbishop of Philadelphia. 

Typically, these four serve as panelists for the event, each offering a brief (5-minute) presentation on the topic from his perspective and then engaging the audience in a public dialogue about the topic.


The Cardinals' Forum Archives

Below are topics discussed in previous years with links to the remarks delivered by the panelists (where available) and related information.

2021 – on “The Social Media Magisterium: Where Popularity & Reliability Collide!”

              Media Coverage

2020 – on “Co-Responsibility for the Church’s Being & Action in Parish Life”

  • Rev. Robert Pesarchick (moderator) Vice-President for Academic Affairs 
  • Dr. John Haas, John Cardinal Krol Chair in Moral Theology 
  • Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS, John Cardinal Foley Chair in Homiletics & Social Communications
  • Dr. Nathan Knutson, Lucille Francesco Chair in Sacred Music
  • The Most Reverend Nelson Perez, Archbishop of Philadelphia

          Background information

          Media Coverage

2019 – on “Empty Pews and the Future of Catholic Parishes”

2018 – on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment (Synod 2018)”

2017 – on “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation”

2015 – on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family”

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