Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is “one of America’s finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching.” Read more by visting his website here.



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Father Bacik's Most Recent Books

"Church Matters: Bacik Reflections"

This book contains essays written over the last decade that deal with church issues under three major headings. Part One, The Baptized: Laity and Clergy, has articles on Developing a Catholic Identity, Family Life and Christian Virtues, and Catholics Voting for Pro-Choice Candidates; Part Two, Influential Leaders, treats the great missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, as well as the retirement of Pope Benedict and the truly amazing impact of Pope Francis; Part Three, The Church at Worship, features meditations on Christmas and Easter. Each of the thirty-four essays can be read independently for personal study and reflection. Taken together, they provide broad perspectives for reflecting on contemporary church life.

"Humble Confidence"

Humble Confidence provides summaries of Karl Rahner’s main ideas on anthropology, God, Christ, and the Church, with an emphasis on their practical significance. Finally, it serves as a response to critics who claim that Rahner is passé by emphasizing the power of his theology to illumine contemporary issues with the light of the gospel. 

Father Jim Bacik Lectures


2017 Fr. Jim Bacik's
Easter Season Lecture Series: 
The Holy Spirit and Contemporary Political Issues

These lectures will draw on themes in the theology of the Spirit for examining political issues of concern today.  All lectures are open to the public and are held 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the Franciscan Center.

Cost: $35.00 for the series; individual lectures are $10.00 by preregistration or $15.00 at the door. Click here to register.

April 20, 2017 - President Trump and his Critics on Global Warming
An examination of President Trump's executive order affecting climate change, with challenges from the perspective of a theology of the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Pope Francis.

April 27, 2017 - President Trump's America First Policy: A Theological Critique
An evaluation of the president's approach to domestic and foreign policies from the perspective of Catholic social teaching on solidarity and the common good.

May 18, 2017 - Political Discourse Today: Is Truth Dead?
An exploration of the destructive effects of our current political debate which suffers from polarized rhetoric, alternative facts, and personal attacks.

May 25, 2017 - The Federal Budget: A Moral Document
An examination of the administration's proposed budget from the viewpoint of social justice.

 Other Bacik Lecture Dates:

 June 15, 2017

July 20, 2017

August 24, 2017

September 14, 2017

October 19, 2017

November 16, 2017

Advent Reflection

December 9, 2017

*all lectures are held on Thursdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Franciscan Center  on the campus of Lourdes University (exception are Special Lectures and the Advent Reflection on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 pm)