The Seven Christian Virtues

The public is invited to our Cardinal Virtue presentations, scheduled throughout the 2019-2020 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. 

Past Speakers

Plating Grace

The Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug, IVDei
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Winona Campus

Church Leadership in the Third Millennium: Recent research on Catholic bishops in the U.S.

The Rev. Stephen Joseph Fichter, Ph.D.
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 - Twin Cities Campus
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 - Winona Campus


The Rev. John W. O’Malley, S.J., Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:15 p.m.  - Saint Mary's Twin Cities Campus


Dr. Eleonore Stump, Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy, Saint Louis University
Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m.  -  Saint Mary's Winona Campus

Fortitude - Courage

Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Boston College
Thursday, March 28, 2019 - Saint Mary's Cascade Meadow Center
Friday, March 29, 2019 - Winona Campus

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.