2nd Annual President’s Ignatian Lecture: Inspiration, Aspiration, and Imagination
Guest speaker Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J. ’70
Recorded Feb 11, 2021, 7:00 pm
Inspiration, Aspiration, and Imagination
The Arts in the Jesuit Tradition
Delivered by Fr. Tom Lucas, S.J., current pastor of Saint Ignatius Church in Sacramento and a Jesuit Sacramento class of 1970 alumnus.
This event was open to all, including parents, alumni and community.
From its earliest moments in 16th century Rome, the Society of Jesus has championed and used the arts as fundamental elements in its strategic toolkit. Although St. Ignatius didn’t have an artistic bone in his body, he understood the tremendous emotive and pedagogical power of art. Even more importantly, his teachings in the Spiritual Exercises underscore creative use of the imagination as a means to encounter God’s revelation in our material world.
In a richly illustrated presentation, Fr. Tom Lucas S.J. will develop these themes in this year’s President’s Lecture at Jesuit High School. Fr. Lucas was recently appointed as pastor of St. Ignatius Church, Sacramento, after a distinguished career as a university professor of Art and Art History at USF and Seattle U. He has lectured at more than twenty universities and high schools in half a dozen countries, and is a liturgical artist, designer, and restoration consultant with an international portfolio. He is a “Golden Alumnus,” a member of Jesuit High’s Class of 1970.