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Brother Guy Consolmagno  |  Supplied photo

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Updated: March 17, 2014 10:34AM



St. Xavier University will host Brother Guy Consolmagno, a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory in Italy, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19.

Consolmagno will speak about the connections between science and faith for St. Xavier University’s Sweeney Family Lecture in McGuire Hall at the Warde Academic Center, 3700 W. 103rd St., in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community.

Consolmagno’s lecture, titled “Faith and the Scientist,” will explore his conviction that believers can be scientists and scientists can be believers, according to a press release from St. Xavier. He will discuss his views about how both religion and science explore the universe seeking to understand and interpret natural phenomena and how they offer not oppositional but rather complementary approaches to reality, the release said.

Consolmagno holds a doctorate in planetary science from the University of Arizona and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989, he entered the Society of Jesus, and he took vows as a brother in 1991. He was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory and also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, one of the largest such collections in the world. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he also has studied philosophy and theology.

Consolmagno’s research is centered on the connections between meteorites and asteroids, and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system. In addition to more than 40 refereed scientific papers, he has co-authored several books on astronomy for the popular market, which have been translated into multiple languages.

The Sweeney Family Lecture is sponsored by SXU’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse and funded by a gift from the John and Barbara Sweeney family.

For more information, call (773) 298-3981 or email Kathleen Mareska at mareska@sxu.edu.

Staff report



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