Event Name

“The Challenges of Living in a Sacramental World”


Event Location

Daylesford Abbey, 220 South Valley Road, Paoli


Start Date and Time:

Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m.


End Date and Time

Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m.


Event Description

Phyllis Martin Lecture: “The Challenges of Living in a Sacramental World” by Sister Ilia Delio, O.S.F.

$35 (with brunch after 10:30 am Sunday Mass) — RSVP by Friday, April 27

$25 (lecture only)

One of the hallmarks of the Catholic tradition is a sacramental view of the world. Nature is not mere matter but bears the depths of divine grace with in it. Yet today we are confronted by the realities of global warming, war, mass immigration and political opposition. We are becoming detached from nature and intolerant of diverse views.

In this year’s Phyllis Martin Lecture we will take up the challenge of living in a sacramental world and explore it through the lens of Franciscan spirituality. Sister Ilia Delio, a Franciscan Sister of Washington, D.C., holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University. Previously she was the Haub Director of Catholic Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Research Fellow at Woodstock Theological Center.

Her area of research is science and religion with interests in artificial intelligence, evolution, quantum physics and their importance to Christian doctrine and life. She holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and a doctorate in historical theology from Fordham University. She is the author of 18 books and numerous articles. Her recent books include “Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology and Consciousness” and “The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love,” for which she won the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a 2014 Catholic Press Association Book Award in Faith and Science.

For more information visit the Daylesford Abbey website.