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John of the Cross: A Mystic's Poetry

Nov 14 2013 7pm
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Keith Egan

Saint Mary's College


John of the Cross (1542-1591), saint and doctor of the church, is known for his mystical doctrine and his theme of the “dark night.” This lecture explores John’s stunningly beautiful poetry and makes a claim for the primacy of this poetry which was shaped by the erotic poetry of the Song of Songs and which John requested be sung for him as he lay dying.

This lecture is made possible in part by a grant from the Carmelite Friars at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.


Keith J. Egan is the Aquinas Chair in Catholic Theology Emeritus at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, and adjunct full professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. His doctorate is from the University of Cambridge, England. Egan is also the president of the North American Carmelite Institute, Washington, DC, and Fellow of the Institutum Carmelitanum in Rome, a member of the North American Carmelite Forum and past president of the College Theology Society. He has published widely on Christian and Carmelite Spirituality and has lectured throughout North America and several European countries.