Archbishop Chaput's speeches

Fire upon the earth: A Year of Faith, personal conversion and the new evangelization

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Year of Faith Lecture Series, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood Oct. 1, 2013 My goal tonight is to speak about personal conversion and the new evangelization, through the lens of the Year of Faith.  And I’d like to do that in three steps.  First, I’ll revisit what a “year of faith” is, and why Pope Benedict felt we needed one.  Second, I’ll talk about Pope Francis and the new spirit he brings to witnessing our faith as a Church.  And third and most important, I’ll speak about what we need to do, and how we need to live, going forward – in other words, how we might share our faith so fully and joyfully that we truly become God’s lumen gentium, God’s “light to the nations.”

Why faith matters: Belief as a cornerstone of what it means to be human

Archbishop Charles Chaput addressed the national conference of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) today in Los Angeles, in which he referred to the Letter to the Hebrews, which said, “there came forth from one man [Abraham], himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and countless as sands on the seashore” (11:11-12). "That’s the power of faith," Archbishop Chaput said. "That’s the fertility of personal witness. If CALL helps accomplish that kind of conversion in each of your lives; if CALL helps you strengthen each other in your Catholic faith and in your vocation as Christian leaders; then God will use it, and use you, to bring new life to our nation."

Changing our culture with the fire of faith

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Laity Engaging Laity Conference Colorado Springs, Colo., 8.13.13 My task today is talking about our culture, and how we might change and renew it. And I’m glad to do that. But I’d like to begin with a few observations.

To be missionaries, go forth!

(Editor’s note: Archbishop Charles Chaput is giving a series of talks at World Youth Day, July 24-26. At the request of the Holy See, speakers have been asked not to read formal, prepared texts to the young people. The following are talking points of the archbishop’s informal talk.)

To be Christ’s disciples

(Editor’s note: Archbishop Charles Chaput is giving a series of talks at World Youth Day, July 24-26. At the request of the Holy See, speakers have been asked not to read formal, prepared texts to the young people. The following are talking points of the archbishop’s informal talk.)

Thirsting for God, thirsting for hope

Archbishop Charles Chaput is giving a series of talks at World Youth Day, July 24-26. At the request of the Holy See, speakers have been asked not to read formal, prepared texts to the young people. The following are talking points of the archbishop’s informal talk.

Some thoughts on the course of Catholic-Jewish relations

Meeting with the Jewish Community Relations Council, American Jewish Committee and Anti-Defamation League, Philadelphia, July 11, 2013 It’s a pleasure to be here today, and I’m grateful to Adam Kessler and everyone involved in arranging this event for inviting me. I had the privilege of a very good friendship with the Jewish community in Colorado during my years as archbishop of Denver. That included a great working relationship with the American Jewish Committee, and on-going contacts with the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council and the Anti-Defamation League.

Wisdom, Christian witness and the Year of Faith

Year of Faith Lecture Series, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., July 8, 2013 Nothing is more compelling than a good man, or a good woman, in an evil time. Wisdom is the pursuit of the true, the right and the lasting. In the record of Scripture and the witness of the Church, all these things find their source in God, and nowhere else but God.

Junipero Serra and his witness for today

Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke at the Serra International Convention June 22 in Mallorca, Spain. Francis of Assisi was not a man known for his dissembling about the Gospel. And Junipero Serra, his spiritual son, had the same burning zeal in all things related to Jesus Christ. The key question facing every Christian in every age isn’t whether the Christian faith is socially useful, or consoles us when we’re sad, or makes us nicer people. The key question is whether our faith is true.

Catholic witness and religious liberty in the light of 2013

Salt and Light Dinner, April 25, 2013, Greensburg, Pa.   One of the great scholars of the last century was the Jesuit Henri de Lubac.  As a theologian at Vatican II, de Lubac helped to shape some of the council’s most important work.  It’s less well known that he spent much of World War II […]