The David Nyvall Lectureship

The David Nyvall Lectureship was inaugurated in 1951 in memory of the pioneer Swedish American educator who served the school both as teacher and president. The theme of this spring lecture series is the interpretation of the Christian message for the contemporary world.

2014 Nyvall Lecture

Fr. Virgilio P. Elizondo
Thursday, April 10, 2014
9:00 am–noon
Isaacson Chapel, Nyvall Hall

We are delighted to welcome Fr. Virgilio P. Elizondo, professor at the University of Notre Dame and one of the leading scholars in the area of Hispanic theology, to serve as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Nyvall Lecture.

This event is free and open to the public.

(If you're unable to attend, please join us for a live webcast of the two-part lecture.)


 Time Event
9:00–10:00 am Lecture (Part One)
10:00–10:15 Question & Answer session
10:15–10:45 Coffee Break (Olsson Lounge)
10:45–11:45 Lecture (Part Two)
11:45–noon Question & Answer session

About the Speaker

Fr. Virgilio P. Elizondo

Fr. Virgilio ElizondoFr. Elizondo is a Roman Catholic priest and is professor of pastoral and Hispanic theology at the University of Notre Dame. Viewed by many as the father of Latino religious thought in the United States, Elizondo has served as a tireless advocate for justice on behalf of immigrants. Elizondo was the recipient of the Community of Christ International Peace Award in 2007, and he has published numerous titles, including The Future is Mestizo, Galilean Journey, and The Human Quest.

Previous Lectures

  • 2011: Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and author of numerous books including Exclusion and Embrace (1996), Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), and Allah: A Christian Response (2011).
  • 2012: Ellen T. Charry, PhD, professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of God and the Art of Happiness

2013: Nyvall at 150

In October 2013, Nyvall scholar Dr. Scott Erickson presented a lecture on the life and legacy of David Nyvall in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Video of this lecture is available online through CovChurch.tv:

The celebration of David Nyvall continues with a special exhibit in the F.M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections, “David Nyvall: 150 Years Young,” on display throughout the 2013-2014 academic year in the lower-level gallery at Brandel Library.