Hobart-Ives Lecture Series
The New Evangelization: One Priest’s Approach
Father Joseph Gill
Chaplain, Novelist, Blogger, Musician
Presented by the St. Edmund Campion Institute for the Advancement of Intellectual Excellence
Wednesday, November 7 | 3 p.m.
William D. Walsh Family Library
Rose Hill Campus
St. Peter Attempts to Walk on Water
(oil on canvas, 1766)
Artist: Francois Boucher (1703–1770)
Location: Cathedral St. Louis,Versailles, France
Photo: C. Jean, courtesy of Art Resource Inc.
Father Joseph Gill is a man with a mission. When he was 14, a pilgrimage to Rome and exposure to its Christian heritage left him with a question that would prove transforming: “What can I do with my life to glorify God?” Today he carries out this mission in a variety of mediums. In addition to serving as chaplain at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, Connecticut, he is a singer and musician (keyboard and guitar) who has produced several albums of Christian rock. He is also a blogger who has inspired many followers on the internet and is the author of Days of Grace, a spiritual novel of suspense. In all of his pursuits, Father Gill shares his profound encounter with Jesus Christ: “I want to give my life to him and to make him known and loved, so that he may set souls ablaze with a passion for holiness."
The Hobart-Ives Lecture Series at Fordham University focuses on contributions of contemporary Catholic thinkers within a pluralistic society. The series is named for Levi Silliman Ives (1797–1867), a former Episcopalian bishop who became a professor of rhetoric at Fordham, and his wife, Rebecca Hobart Ives (1803–1863), daughter of John Henry Hobart—an Episcopalian bishop—and goddaughter of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Following their conversion, they devoted their lives to promoting Catholic causes, especially the protection of destitute and abandoned children.