French Philosopher Jean-Luc Marion, longtime partner in the founding and work of the Lumen Christi Institute, was named a recipient of this year's Joseph Ratzinger Prize, often called the Nobel Prize for theology, by the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI. 

Known for his groundbreaking contributions to patristics, modern philosophy, phenomenology, and Catholic theology, Prof. Marion was instrumental in the founding of the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago in 1997, and has been a frequent contributor to our lectures, master classes, symposia, and colloquia over the years.

Since 1994, Marion has taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School, splitting time between Chicago and Paris, where he teaches at University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and Institut Catholique de Paris. In 2008 he was elected an immortal to the Académie Française.

He has published numerous books in philosophy and theology, most notably God Without Being, Givenness and Revelation (The Gifford Lectures), and In the Self's Place: The Approach of St. Augustine. 

You can watch many of the lectures Professor Marion has given for the Lumen Christi Institute HERE.

Also awarded the prize this year, Australian theologian Tracey Rowland has presented at the Lumen Christi Institute and at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. In the preface of her 2008 book Ratzinger’s Faith, Rowland acknowledged the benefit she derived studying the thought of Benedict XVI with leading European and American scholars at a colloquium organized by the Lumen Christi Institute at the Institut Catholique de Paris in June 2006 .