Intellectual Formation

Upcoming Intellectual Formation Events:

Promoting a Culture of Secularity: Overcoming a deeply rooted Clericalism
Lecture Theme: Preventing Violence by Promoting Justice, Peace and Truth

Friday, February 22, 2019
7:15 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.

Skadden Arps
155 N. Wacker Drive
28th Floor, Conference Room 316
Chicago, IL 60606

No cost to attend.

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago is sponsoring an Intellectual Formation program on promoting a culture of secularity, Friday, February 22nd, 2019.

Speakers at “Promoting a Culture of Secularity: Overcoming a deeply rooted Clericalism” will be Fr. Javier del Castillo, Ph.D., Vicar of Opus Dei in the Midwest and Daniel Cheely, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, St. Mary of the Angels Church, Chicago, Relevant Radio host, retired attorney.


7:15 a.m. – continental breakfast
7:30 a.m.  – presentation and discussion
8:30 a.m. – conclude

The hour-long program is sixth in a series on various topics and is open to all lawyers and judges. The free event includes a continental breakfast. One hour of CLE credit will be provided. Registration is required.

For further information, contact Stephen A. Viz at or 312-644-1414.

The Gift of Forgiving and Being Forgiven
Friday, April 26, 2019

More information and registration to be announced soon.

The below resources are from the Catholic Lawyers Guild’s 2017 Intellectual Formation Event. For more information, please contact Steve Viz at

Laudato Si: Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment and human ecology.

Available at:

  • “The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation…we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” (p. 33)
  • “The establishment of a legal framework which can set clear boundaries and ensure the protection of ecosystems has become indispensable; otherwise, the new power structures based on the techno-economic paradigm may overwhelm not only our politics but also freedom and justice.” (p. 39)
  • “Whether in the administration of the state, the various levels of civil society, or relationships between individuals themselves, lack of respect for the law is becoming more common. Laws may be well framed yet remain a dead letter. Can we hope, then, that in such cases, legislation and regulations dealing with the environment will really prove effective?” (p. 107)
  • “There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions…We must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world. They benefit society, often unbeknown to us, for they call forth a goodness which, albeit unseen, inevitably tends to spread. Furthermore, such actions can restore our sense of self-esteem; they can enable us to live more fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile.” (p. 154 – 155).

    Sustainability Tips
    Recommended by the Union of Concerned Scientists

    1. Switch to a car with better fuel economy.
    2. Make your house more airtight.
    3. Buy and use a programmable thermostat.
    4. Eat less meat, especially beef.
    5. Use power strips in your home office and home.
    6. Upgrade your refrigerator and air conditioner, especially if they are more than five years old.
    7. Get an electricity monitor from your local hardware store (or borrow one from many local libraries) to see where the energy hogs are in your home.
    8. Change those light bulbs. New LED light bulbs can give the same light for 15 percent the electricity.
    9. Wash clothes in cold water – they get just as clean with today’s detergents.
    10. Buy less stuff. Reduce, re-use, and recycle—it’s not just about pollution, but the strategy will lower your emissions too and help combat global warming.