The Seven Christian Virtues

The public is invited to our Cardinal Virtue presentations, scheduled throughout the 2018-2019 academic year. 

These speakers and topics were chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue as Saint Mary's cultivates in its learners virtues that will guide them throughout their educational journeys and as they enter the world as leaders in their professions and communities. 

Featured Speakers


Courage, the Missing Virtue

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College

Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m., reception following
Saint Mary's Cascade Meadow Center
2900 19th St. NW, Rochester, Minn.

Friday, March 29, noon, reception following
Saint Mary's Winona Campus
Room 200, Science and Learning Center
700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minn.

The public is invited.

RSVP by March 21

Peter Kreeft is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and has taught at numerous other institutions including Villanova University, Fordham University, St. Peter's College, Haverford College, and St. Joseph's College. Dr. Kreeft is a well-known author and lecturer on topics related to philosophy, ethics, theology, and culture.

He has authored over 35 books including: C.S. Lewis For the third Millennium, The Shadowlands of C.S. Lewis, Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion, and The Refutation of Moral Relativism. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University and he pursued postgraduate studies at Yale University. He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships including the Yale-Sterling Fellowship, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Danforth Asian Religions Fellowship, and the Newman Alumni Scholarship.

Co-sponsored by the Catholic Medical Association

Catholic Medical Association - Chartered Guild


Gifts/Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Dr. Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University

Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. reception following
Saint Mary's Winona Campus
Room 200, Science and Learning Center
700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minn.

The public is invited.

RSVP by Apr. 18

Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She is also Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St.Andrews, and she is a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003), her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010), and her far-reaching examination of human redemption, Atonement (Oxford, 2018). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009) and the Stanton lectures (Cambridge, 2018).  She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Upcoming Presentations

Cardinal Conversations

Additionally, as part of our ongoing Cardinal Conversation series, the public is also
invited to the following presentation.

The Rev. James Keenan, SJ, S.T.D., Boston College
Sept. 12, 2019 – several locations

Past Speakers

Prudence - Practical Wisdom

Candace Vogler, Ph.D., David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, The University of Chicago
February 21, 2019 - Winona Campus

Justice, Dynamism, and Social Order

Catherine Pakaluk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America
December 12, 2018 - Twin Cities Campus

Cardinal Virtues

Prudence (Practical Wisdom) is an intellectual aptitude that enables us to make
judgments that are consonant with our proper end as human beings.

Temperance, in a general sense, denotes a kind of moderation common to every moral
virtue and is directed to the good.

Courage (Fortitude) moderates those desires that prevent us from undertaking more
daunting, difficult tasks — even allowing us to endure pain and discomfort when necessary
in pursuit of truth and good.

Justice is a sustained or constant willingness to extend to each person what he or she
deserves in relation to what is truly good for that individual, and having both community
and individual elements related to it.

Theological Virtues

Faith is the virtue whereby we assent to the truth of supernaturally revealed principles.

Hope is the virtue whereby we trust God in obtaining final happiness.

Charity (Love) is the virtue whereby we love God for His own sake; charity is a state
whereby our desires are uniformly ordered to God.