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“Seeing: Gazing into the Cosmos through the Eyes of Vatican Astronomers”
On May 13, 2023, the American Teilhard Association met online for our Annual Event. The theme was “Seeing: Gazing into the Cosmos through the Eyes of Vatican Astronomers.” Two Jesuit Astronomers from the Vatican Observatory, Guy Consolmagno, SJ and Richard D’Souza, SJ, and Teilhardian Libby Osgood, CND, led the event.


“Book Launch: Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours
On May 1, 2023, Sisters Kathleen Deignan, CND and Libby Osgood, CND discuss their new edited book Teilhard de Chardin: A Book of Hours. This book is a celebration of song, prayers, and highlights of Teilhard’s life.

“Teilhard, Einstein, and the Meaning of Time”
On May 21, 2022, the American Teilhard Association met online for its Annual Event. John F. Haught, PhD presented the keynote address, “Teilhard, Einstein, and the Meaning of Time.” This was followed by a panel discussion, “The Impact of Teilhard on my Personal and Professional Life” with Celia Ashton, OCD, DDS, Joshua Canzona, PhD, Rev. Catherine Amy Kropp, MDiv, STM, Elizabeth Osgood, CND, PhD, PEng, moderated by Andrew Del Rossi, ThD.


“Teilhard de Chardin: Hope in the Future”
On June 12, 2021, the American Teilhard Association held its Annual Meeting, “Teilhard de Chardin: Hope in the Future,” online via Zoom. Cynthia Bourgeault spoke on Teilhard’s experience of Christ as person and what this meant to his understanding of an evolutionary process that draws us with hope into the future. Three other authors discussed the content of their recent publications: 1. Louis Savary, on Teilhard’s The Phenomenon of Man Explained, 2. Marie Josèphe Conchon, on Marguerite Teillard-Chambon, and 3. Marie Bayon de la Tour, on “Teilhard and the Feminine.”

“Teilhard de Chardin: 20th Century Galileo”
In this Zoom meeting, Frank and Mary Frost share key strands of Teilhard’s vision and give a peek behind the scenes of the making of their documentary, Rediscovering Fire: The Evolution of Teilhard de Chardin, including a special focus on his suppression by the Jesuits.

“Voices of the Great Work” (Part 1 and Part 2)
The 2020 American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting was held online on June 6, 2020. The meeting was hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and ATA’s new president Kathleen Duffy. Speakers: Jennifer Morgan, Kathleen Deignan, Imogene Drummond, Angela Manno, Mary Coelho, Sam Guarnaccia, Rev. Nancy Wright, Br. Kevin Cawley, Santiago Aranda, and Frank and Mary Frost.

“Thomas Berry: A Biography”
The 2019 American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting was held May 4, 2019 at the Synod House of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim spoke about the new biography of Thomas Berry from Columbia University Press. Paul Winter received the Thomas Berry Award, spoke about Thomas, and performed a saxophone solo.

“Teilhard, Original Sin, Evolution, and the Curia: What Went Wrong?”
Lecture by Daryl Domning on March 13, 2019.

“Teilhard, Francoeur, and the Religion-Science Debates of the early 1960s”
Interest in the works of Teilhard de Chardin soared in 1959 following their initial publication. One of the first in the US to grasp the possibilities of his thought was Robert Francoeur. This presentation by Susan Sack, PhD on November 7, 2018 explores the efforts of Francoeur and several other influential scientists and theologians who used the work of Teilhard to bridge the supposed gaps between religion, science, and daily life.

“Teilhard’s Struggle: Embracing the Work of Evolution”
Kathleen Duffy, SSJ. PhD lectured at Chestnut Hill College on Teilhard’s struggle on September 18, 2018.

“How Much Can Biology Explain: Charles Darwin and Bernard Lonergan”
John Haught, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor at Georgetown University, lectured on Charles Darwin and Bernard Lonergan on October 8, 2017. Evolutionary biology contributes much to our present understanding of life, and it promises also to deepen our understanding of human intelligence, ethics and even religion. For some evolutionists, however, Darwin’s science is so impressive that it now supplants theology by providing what appears to be the ultimate explanation of all manifestations of life including human intelligence. By using the Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan’s theory of understanding and knowing, this lecture examines the question of whether theology can still have an explanatory role to play alongside of biology in our attempts to understand mind, life and the universe.

“Cosmology and Ecology: The Influence of Teilhard on Berry”
On May 20, 2017, John Grim gave the lecture at the American Teilhard Association Annual Meeting at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. This event celebrated 30 years of John’s tenure as President of the American Teilhard Association. We also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the ATA.

“Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century”
A panel discussion on Teilhard de Chardin, featuring John F. Haught, Ph.D., Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., John Grim, Ph.D. and Ilia Delio, OSF, Ph.D. at Georgetown University on April 9, 2015.

Interview with Steven Rockefeller on the Earth Charter
Rockefeller speaks of the importance of Teilhard’s idea of the Noosphere. This interview was conducted on October 21-22, 2014 in New York City, NY, USA.

“Following the Road of Fire: Emergence of Teilhard’s Panchristic Mysticism”
On September 15, 2015, Ursula King, PhD, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol, lectured on Teilhard’s Panchristic Mysticism. One of the foremost Catholic thinkers to emerge from the First World War was the Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881 – 1955). The war experience was a true crucible of fire for him and formed him deeply for the rest of his life. Drawn to follow the road of fire, he first began to write in 1916 in the trenches. His essays of 1916-19 are not poetry in a formal sense, but possess a great poetic quality. His Writings in Time of War expresses a powerful spiritual vision and conveys a deep love for life, for Earth and humanity, for God and especially for the cosmic Christ.

“Pursuing the Truth: Teilhard de Chardin and the Benedictine Tradition”
On September 16, 2014, Dr. David Grumett of the University of Edinburgh presented “Pursuing the Truth: Teilhard de Chardin and the Benedictine Tradition” as an early celebration of the 125th Anniversary of Saint Anselm College. Even though some may not have been familiar with the French Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), the audience soon learned that the 20th century scientist and theologian had much in common with the 6th century St. Benedict.

“Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: His Life, His Work and His Spirituality”
On July 13, 2014, Ursula King, PhD, Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol, explored significant events in the life of the French paleontologist and religious thinker Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ and his prophetic thought which is based in his cosmic, evolutionary spirituality.

“Synthese van wetenschap en religie ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin”
Produced by Sim D’Hertefelt, this short web-documentary explores Teilhard’s concerns for creation, his traditional Catholic faith, and a larger vision of humanity. It is in Dutch with English and French subtitles.

“The Great Work and the influence of Teilhard de Chardin”
Thomas Berry speaks at a meeting of the American Teilhard Association in 1994. An excellent introduction and overview of the thinking which guided his life work. Introductions by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

“Teilhard de Chardin in the Age of Ecology”
Interview with Thomas Berry by Jane Blewett.

“The New Story”
A video excerpt of Thomas Berry discussing his 1978 Teilhard Studies monograph entitled “The New Story” at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia in 1984

“Hymn of the Universe”
A cantata for soli choir & orchestra by Jean-Christophe Rosaz as a tribute to the thoughts of Teilhard. Read commentaries about “Hymn of the Universe” here.