Archbishop Paul Gallagher to deliver milestone lecture at Swansea University’s Bay Campus

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State is to deliver Swansea University’s 100th Theology Public Lecture at the University’s new Bay Campus on Thursday, 7 April 2016.

Paul GallagherThe Theology Public Lecture Programme at Swansea University has, since it began in 2003, been an important feature in the University calendar and a key element of the University’s role in the local and wider community.

Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies said: “The University is honoured to welcome Archbishop Paul Gallagher for the 100th lecture in our Theology Public Lecture series and I am delighted that we are hosting this milestone event at our newly opened Great Hall at the Bay Campus.”

Swansea University Chaplain Reverend Nigel John said: “It is a huge honour for Swansea University that Archbishop Gallagher is to deliver our 100th Theology Public Lecture.  

“The lecture series which has been running for over 13 years has consistently hosted high-calibre speakers who have delivered thought-provoking lectures often containing profound wisdom and insights.

“We are very excited that the centenary lecture in this series is to be given by Archbishop Gallagher and we look forward to significant attendance on the evening.”

The lecture follows Archbishop Gallagher’s visit, in his official role as the Secretary for Relations with States for the Holy See, to London last month to meet with members of Her Majesty's Government and members of both the Houses of Parliament.  The visit was sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and was aimed at highlighting the role of the Holy See on the international stage.

Nigel John said: “The Archbishop is known to be an engaging speaker, with an intense concern of global issues and how the teachings of the Church can influence people’s hearts and minds and enhance understanding in modern times.  We look forward tremendously to his very topical lecture.”

Archbishop Paul Gallagher (pictured) will deliver the lecture entitled “Diplomacy and Dialogue amidst Conflict” at 6pm on 7 April 2016 at the Great Hall on Swansea University’s Bay Campus.  The evening will begin with entertainment by comedian and Papal Knight, Don Maclean, and the Gwalia Singers.   The lecture will then follow. Please note guests are asked to be seated at 6pm. 

Everybody is welcome to attend and admission is free.  For further information, please contact Swansea University’s Corporate Events Assistant, Delyth Thomas: delyth.m.thomas@swansea.ac.uk.