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.



Other Books by Fr. Jim Bacik

"Enduring Wisdom for Today's Spiritual Seekers"
Fr. Bacik has been at it a long time and has heard and seen it all. The popular pastor and university chaplain understands the issues that face all people- especially young adults- as they try to navigate today's complex world of work, relationships, and civic involvement. And he knows-from years of preaching, counseling and ministry-the enduring wisdom that the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John have to offer spiritual seekers today.  Whether you are a Catholic or not, practicing your religion or not, happy or unhappy or sometimes a little bit of both, this book can help you decide who you are and where you stand. Each of the reflections offers a specific daily life topic, a Gospel passage or story that offers relevant insight, several examples of people trying to live out their faith in real time, and a final challenging question for the reader to mull (or pray)over.

"Pope Francis and Campus Ministry: A Dialogue"

Pope Francis and Campus Ministry sets up a dialogue between Pope Francis and the history of Catholic campus ministry over the last three decades since the publication of the bishops’ pastoral letter Empowered by the Spirit. It includes articles that the author has written on campus ministry during that period, preceded by a brief explanation of the context of the article and followed by specific ways Pope Francis would guide campus ministry into the future.

"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

Fr. Jim Bacik's March Lecture: 

The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well: An Inspiration for our Spiritual Life

The Sylvania Franciscan Village is pleased to present Father Jim Bacik’s March lecture, “The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well: An Inspiration for our Spiritual Life,” Thursday, March 12, 2020, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, Sylvania.

This presentation will do a careful reading (exegesis) of John 4:1-42, which portrays the dramatic encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman who comes to recognize him as the Messiah, and shares this belief with others. This passage is the gospel reading for the Sunday after the lecture, the third Sunday of Lent, March 15.

Tickets are $10 reserved; $15 at the door. Purchase tickets online by clicking here, or reserve them by leaving your name and the number of tickets required at 419-824-3515, or franciscanvillage@sistersosf.org

Now Available! 

Pope Francis and His Critics: Historical and Theological Perspectives

James J. Bacik; forward by Martin Marty

Pope Francis and His Critics offers a broad assessment of Francis and his pontificate, keeping in mind important criticisms mounted by his detractors. An opening chapter summarizes a representative sampling of five-year evaluations of the Francis papacy. Subsequent chapters take up the views of the first Latin American pope as well as his critics on specific topics: gender issues, work and business, consumerism, caring for the poor, liturgy, communion for divorced and remarried, and clergy sex abuse.

A distinctive feature of the books is a careful analysis of the recent book, To Change the Church, by Ross Douthat, which has received much attention in the religious and secular world.

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Fr. James Bacik's 2020 Lecture Series Dates:    

January, 2020  ● No Lecture Scheduled

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2 p.m. ● Topic to be determined (current event focus)  

Thursday, March 12, 2020  at 5:30 p.m.: 
The Samaritan Woman at Jacob’s Well: An Inspiration for our Spiritual Life

Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.  ● Topic to be determined 

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ● Annual Karl Rahner Lecture

Thursday, June 18, 2020  at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, November 19, 2020  at 5:30 p.m. ● Topic to be determined

Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm ● Advent Reflection