Renowned Jesuit historian and raconteur Fr. Thomas Lucas, SJ, will deliver a lecture titled “Jesuits in the Sciences” at Creighton University, on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m., in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Mike and Josie Harper Center. This event is free and open to the public.
As a graduate student, Lucas designed and directed the restoration of the 16th century rooms of the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Rome, and curated an exhibit on Jesuit architecture at the Vatican Library. In the course of that work, he also edited, contributed to, and designed the exhibit catalogue “Saint, Site, and Sacred Strategy” (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Press, 1990). His book Landmarking: City, Church, and Jesuit Urban Strategy (Chicago: Loyola Press, 1997) won an Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) National Book Award in 1999.
After serving for three years at the United States Jesuit Conference in Washington D.C., he joined the faculty at the University of San Francisco in 1995, where he was the founding chair of the Performing Arts Department, as well as founding director of the Thacher Gallery and the Kalmanovitz Hall Sculpture Terrace. He curated more than 80 exhibits on campus. Lucas has also lectured at more than 20 universities in the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Asia. He currently is rector of the Arrupe House Jesuit Community and professor and curator at Seattle University.
His work as a liturgical designer has been recognized with an award from the American Institute of Architects, and his projects range from glass and liturgical furnishing designs for more than a dozen churches and chapels to service as design and technical consultant for the restoration of the St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China.
This event is sponsored by the Creighton University Jesuit Community.