September 21st

Basilica of the Assumption Speaker Series

Basilica of the Assumption

411 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD

September 21st, 2017 at 7PM

Basilica doors open at 6PM

Speaker: Mr George Weigel

How a Local Baltimore Boy Became Papal Biographer for  Saint John Paul II

Admission tickets are not required, but a free will offering to help fund this and future presentations in this speaker series will be gratefully accepted.

Parking is available in the Franklin Street Garage adjacent to the Basilica and limited street parking is also available.

Reception and book signing:
Immediately following the presentation, a reception that will include refreshments and a book signing will be held in the Archbishop Borders Hall, located in the Archdiocesan Building, 320 Cathedral Street, across the street from the Cathedral Basilica and the Enoch Pratt Central Library.


George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

From 1989 through June 1996, Mr. Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow, Mr. Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the fall of 1999, and has since been translated into twelve languages, with a Chinese edition currently in progress.

Mr. Weigel is the author or editor of some twenty other books, including The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II—The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010); Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac (Crossroad, 2012); Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church (Basic, 2013); Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches (Basic, 2013) and City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków (Image, 2015). His essays, op-ed columns, and reviews appear regularly in major opinion journals and newspapers across the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Senior Vatican Analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to eighty-five newspapers and magazines in seven countries.

Mr. Weigel received a B.A. from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore and an M.A. from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. He is the recipient of eighteen honorary doctorates in fields including divinity, philosophy, law, and social science.

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Interview of George Weigel