Catholic Theologian to Lecture

Professor David Tracy, the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor of Roman Catholic Studies at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, will discuss "Our Traditions in Fragments" in Cone Chapel at Willamette University Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tracy is a major voice in ecumenism and in inter-religious dialogues. He was featured in a cover story of The New York Times Magazine in 1986.

Religious historian Martin E. Marty has called David Tracy "the most original of today's Catholic theologians, and the one with whom other theologians, Catholic and Protestant, have to reckon." He said Tracy "is shaping the future of theological inquiry and of Catholicism because as a thinker of the first order he influences not only the seminary professors who teach tomorrow's priests but also professors at secular colleges."

Tracy completed his theological studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoody, New York, and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., in 1963 before earning his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1964. From 1967-69, he taught at the Catholic University of America before assuming his current post at the University of Chicago.