Retired archbishop of Strasbourg to give Dolle Lecture
Tuesday, September 11
Time: 7 p.m. CDT
Location: Fifth Floor Conference Room, St. Bede Hall
Archbishop Joseph Doré, SS, retired archbishop of Strasbourg,
France, will give the Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture
at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad,
His topic is “The Beautiful, the Cathedrals and the Christian
Faith.” He will talk about the relationship between Christian art
The lecture will be held on Tuesday, September 11, at 7 p.m.
Central Time in the conference room on the fifth floor of St. Bede
Hall, on the Saint Meinrad campus.
Archbishop Doré studied with Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope
Benedict. Among other accomplishments, he served from 1992 to 1997
on the International Theological Commission in Rome, which was
under the direction of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
From 1965 to 1971, he was rector and professor at the Grand
Seminary of Nantes. In 1971, he was named rector of the Seminary of
Carmes, the seminary for the Catholic Institute of Paris, and
became a professor and dean of that faculty.
During his time as rector, he supported the establishment of the
Institute of Sacred Arts, which became the Institut Supérieur de
Théologie des Arts (Higher Institute of Theological Arts). He was
then director of the Department of Research of the Catholic
Institute of Paris from 1994 to 1997.
He was named archbishop of Strasbourg on September 2, 1997. For
reasons of health, he resigned as archbishop August 25, 2006,
remaining apostolic administrator until April 21, 2007. In 2009 he
received the Cardinal Grente Prize for his work. In 2011, he was
named commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French
Ministry of Culture.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available
behind St. Bede Hall, as well as at the Guest House and student
parking lots. For more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher
during business hours at (812) 357-6501.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Peter and
Viola Dolle Lecture on Church Art and Architecture, which was
established by Saint Meinrad alumnus Adam Dolle to commemorate the
lives of his parents. They spent 48 years together until Peter’s
death in 1982. Both exhibited an artistic sensitivity and an
abiding Christian faith. Peter was a master builder, while Viola
embodied a spontaneous spirit that is the life of art.