Theology, economics to be discussed at Forums on Faith and Work

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:35:00 PM

Author and presenter Dr. William T. Cavanaugh will address the integration of economic and theological principles on Thursday, April 3 as part of the Saint Clare Center for Catholic Life’s Forums on Faith and Work series.

This breakfast series is designed to illuminate discipleship for the business community by focusing on the interplay of faith and work in light of the Gospels.

Dr William Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh will present, "Being Consumed: The Eucharist and Consumer Culture." Despite our modern era’s practice of intentionally separating economics and theology as distinct and unrelated disciplines, Cavanaugh will demonstrate the importance of integrating both in a consumer society.

He will challenge the assumptions that economics deals only with material reality and that theology deals with only otherworldly spirituality.  He will draw upon his book, “Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire,” to illustrate how some market behaviors in our consumer society are deeply rooted in fantasy, and then turn to the Bible and the Eucharist for evidence of how our Judeo Christian faith tradition presents an economic model that is actually more grounded in the real world and the human experience.

Cavanaugh is the senior research professor for the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, and professor of Catholic studies at DePaul University in Chicago. A prolific writer and presenter, Cavanaugh holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Cambridge University, and Duke University. 

The event begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.

Mass will take place before the breakfast event at the ICC in the Chapel of Our Lady of Pompeii at 6:45 a.m.

The cost is $25 per individual, or $200 for a table (8-10 settings).

The registration deadline is March 28. Register and pay online at or contact Mary Foley at (414) 410-4405 or