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Loyola Hosts “Luther’s Spiritual Exercise” Lecture in Commemoration of the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary

Loyola press release - August 30, 2017

In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Loyola University New Orleans hosts a lecture next month titled Luther’s Spiritual Exercises. The Rev. Philip D. W. Krey, Ph.D., an important and engaging scholar of late medieval and early modern Church history, will discuss the great reformer Martin Luther in conversation with the spirituality of his contemporary, St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

Over the years, Lutherans and Catholics have grown closer theologically, so much so that Pope John Paul II spoke of Martin Luther as a man of “profound religiousness.” Pope Francis earlier this year said: The “intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her.” The “commemorative year of the Reformation, represents for Catholics and Lutherans a privileged occasion to live the faith more authentically, in order to rediscover the Gospel together, and to seek and witness to Christ with renewed vigour.”

Tom Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute for Ministry, looks forward to the lecture for the comparison it will draw between Martin Luther and St. Ignatius Loyola. He said: “It will reveal Luther to be a great spiritual writer and St. Ignatius an important Church-reformer in his own right. In particular, its fresh perspectives on St. Ignatius should have important implications for understanding the University’s namesake whose spirituality continues to inform the University and its mission.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Bayou Ministerium of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry, the University Honors Program at Loyola, Loyola Department of History, Loyola Department of Religious Studies, and Loyola Institute for Ministry.

Krey is President Emeritus and Professor of Church History Emeritus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he retired in 2015 following 25 years of service. He is also author of The Catholic Luther: His Early Writings (Paulist, 2016). His book will be available for purchase at the lecture.

Krey holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Chicago where he studied with the great medievalist Bernard McGinn. Krey was also a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich. His research interests include the history of biblical interpretation, medieval theology, and urban ministry.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York and New England he has served congregations in the mid-Atlantic for over 35 years. He and his family have lived in Germany and India to study and serve. Since June 2015, Krey has served St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Pennsylvania’s Pennridge community.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 in Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in the West Road parking garage. The event is free and open to the public and will be available as a free webinar at http://gps.loyno.edu/lim/webinars.

For more information, email lim@loyno.edu or call 504-865-3728.