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Vatican Librarian to Make Historic Visit to Campus

Monsignor Cesare Pasini

October 2012


Monsignor Cesare Pasini, prefect of the Biblioteca Aposatolica Vaticana in Rome, and one of the world's foremost scholars on Saint Ambrose of Milan, will visit St. Ambrose University in early December.

In addition to concelebrating the annual Feast of Saint Ambrose Mass, Msgr. Pasini will visit the university's Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, and will present a public lecture. Msgr. Pasini is the author of one of the definitive works on Saint Ambrose, Ambrose of Milan: Thoughts and Actions of a Bishop, which is currently being translated into English.

The lecture, "Progressing with Freedom Toward Humility: Images and Thoughts of Ambrose of Milan", will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Rogalski Center Ballroom. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and is open to students, faculty, staff and the public free of charge.

St. Ambrose Professor of Theology Rev. Robert Grant, who also serves as director of the university's Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan, says that Msgr. Pasini's lecture will be a blend of spirituality and theology, which "will discuss the Christian call to lose oneself, to surrender one's own desires and ideologies in order to encounter Christ."

Fr. Grant cites a quote from Msgr. Pasini that he finds particularly emblematic of that blend: "The Lord is ‘all in all' even in those moments that seem without hope or comfort, in the most difficult and adverse of situations, where God does not seem to be present. Ambrose is convinced that it is exactly in these moments that Christ reveals, in his humility, his divine power. It is then that Christians are able to grow within their faith, and in time, progress in God's grace, towards their unity with Christ."

The Feast of Saint Ambrose Mass, led by the Most Rev. Martin Amos, DD, Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Christ the King Chapel. As part of the mass ceremony, the McMullen Awards, named in honor of St. Ambrose's founder, Bishop John McMullen, will be presented to individuals who embody the university's mission of enriching the lives of others. The public is invited to attend the mass and award ceremony. A reception will follow.

The annual mass and presentation of the McMullen Awards will take place a week earlier than usual this year to accommodate Msgr. Pasini's visit to campus.

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