Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, gave the Msgr. Philip J. Murnion Lecture. Fr. Thomas Nairn’s, entitled, “The Consistent Ethic of Cardinal Bernardin and the Integral Ecology of Pope Francis: Calls for a “Wider Moral Vision” in which he draw on the his experience with dialogue to inspire the building of common ground into the future.
Fr. Thomas Nairn is the Minister Provincial of the Sacred Heart Province of Franciscans, headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri. Prior to his election, he was the Senior Director for Theology and Ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in Christian ethics from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and has taught in graduate pprograms of theology in the United States and throughout the world. He has authored four books on ethics, and his essays have been published in both scholarly and popular journals. In 2014, he was appointed by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity (now the Dycastery for Laity, Family and Life) to be the Ecclesiastical Assistant to the International Catholic Committee for Nurses and Medical Workers.