Sean Theriault On Pope Francis:  Vatican Trailblazer, Global Phenomenon

TWO MONDAYS, JANUARY 19 AND JANUARY 26, 6:00–7:30 P.M. | Covenant Church, 4949 Caroline Street, 77004

JANUARY 19:  POPE FRANCIS’S VATICAN—While His Holiness Pope Francis’s message has resonated around the globe, it won’t endure unless it also resonates within the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.What effect is Pope Francis’s new approach having on the Vatican? Professor Sean Theriault will place the Francis papacy in a historical perspective and analyze the changes that the Pope is making in the structure of the Church.

JANUARY 26: POPE FRANCIS’S WORLD—Francis’s papacy has been defined
by major changes in style, emphasis, and tone. In this lecture, Professor
Theriault will evaluate Pope Francis’s message to the world. What effect has
his transformative papacy had outside the walls of the Vatican? How has
Catholicism as practiced in the pews changed as a consequence of Francis’s

Sean Theriault is a professor of government at the University of Texas in
Austin. His primary focus is American political institutions, but he also teaches
a one-semester course on the Catholic Church. He was inducted into the
Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2012, was awarded UT’s Professor of
the Year in 2011, and has received numerous other teaching awards including
the Friar Society Teaching Fellowship, a major undergraduate teaching award,
in 2009. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


Register today!


For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at  or phone 713.666.9000.