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2023 Pio Cardinal Laghi Chair Lecture

"To Make Disciples of All Nations:
Rethinking the Catholic Mission in America"

Dr. Chad C. Pecknold

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
The Catholic University of America 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | Jessing Center


Free and open to the public; reservations not required. For more information, please call 614-985-2274.


The Pio Cardinal Laghi Chair was inaugurated at the Josephinum in 1992 in honor of Pio Cardinal Laghi, then Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education. American cardinals and presidents of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops promoted the funding of this chair in recognition of Cardinal Laghi’s dedicated service to the Catholic Church in the United States.


Dr. Chad Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2005 and joined the faculty of The Catholic University of America in 2008.

He has authored or edited five books, each relating the thought of St. Augustine to modern philosophical and theological reasoning, including, Transforming Postliberal Theology (2005), The Promise of Scriptural Reasoning (2006), Time, Liturgy, and the Politics of Redemption (2008), Christianity and Politics (2010) and the T&T Clark Companion to Augustine and Modern Theology (2014).


Professor Pecknold writes weekly columns as the U.S. Contributing Editor to The Catholic Herald, and writes regularly for other publications, such as First Things, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, and National Review, on a range of timely topics related to the importance and impact of Church teaching on social and political questions. He has appeared on radio and television shows from NPR’s “All Things Considered” to EWTN News Nightly offering his analysis and opinion on the Catholic Church, the papacy, and the relationship between the Church and politics in American culture.


Pecknold serves on the Editorial Board of The Catholic University of America Press, and also co-edits with Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, their Sacra Doctrina series. He serves as an Associate Editor for the English Edition of the international Thomistic journal of theology, Nova et Vetera. He is Chairman of the Academy of Catholic Theology, and has the honor of serving as a Fellow of the Institute for Human Ecology at Catholic University.


Dr. Pecknold is currently writing a book on a Catholic understanding of Augustine’s City of God.

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