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‘Inverting the Pyramid’: Re-Imagining the Role of the Laity in Today’s Church

September 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Dr. Richard R. Gaillardetz is the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and the chair of the BC Theology Department. He will be kicking off a series of events addressing the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Dr. Gaillardetz previously taught at the University of Toledo from 2001 to 2011 as the Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo and at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston from 1991 to 2001. He received a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas, an M.A. in Biblical Theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Systematic Theology. He has published numerous articles and has authored or edited thirteen books.

Dr. Gaillardetz was president of the Catholic Theological Society of America  (CTSA) in 2013-14, the largest professional association of Catholic theologians in the world with over 1400 members.  He has received numerous awards from both the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic publishers and is a past recipient of the Sophia Award (2000), offered annually by the faculty of the Washington Theological Union in Washington D.C. in recognition of a theologian’s contributions to the life of the church. Dr. Gaillardetz is a popular speaker at theological and pastoral conferences (click on events for his current speaking commitments). He is married to Diana Gaillardetz and they are the parents of four young men: David, Andrew, Brian and Gregory.


September 10, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Aquinas Center


Candler School of Theology
1531 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322 United States
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