The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue


Xavier University is a Laudato Si' University

President Colleen M. Hanycz committed Xavier University in late 2021 to participate in Pope Francis’s action plan of a Seven-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology.  A Steering Committee, comprised of Xavier faculty and staff under the leadership of William Madges, has begun to develop a plan to boldly advance each of Laudato Si’s seven goals.  Learn more!

Upcoming Events  

Join us for the Embracing God's Creation Series

Embracing God's Creation is a new series of presentations, immersions, and prayer experiences focused on the ecological spirituality of Laudato Si' co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Jesuit Family.

The first speaker will be Dr. Vincent Miller of the University of Dayton, delivering a presentation entitled A Trinitarian Spirituality of Attentiveness on Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. This session will explore "integral ecology" – the central teaching of Laudato Si' – as a trinitarian spirituality of relationship. Integral ecology offers a vision of creation as a web of relationships in which we participate, a way of seeing that is attentive to connection, and an ethic that seeks to preserve, restore, and deepen ecological and social relationships.

Dr. Miller's presentation will be followed up by a family-friendly immersion tour on Saturday, September 24, at 1 p.m. to the Ecological Initiatives at St. Xavier High School, including their forest restoration project. The tour will be student-led by the Environmental Action Club and their advisor, Meg Shaughnessy.  Families are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to eat prior to the tour starting.

Please RSVP for these and our other fall events on this form. Reach out to Bellarmine Chapel's Director of Sustainability and Social Mission, Tim Severyn, with questions.

FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Human Rights/Derechos Humanos: An Exhibition of Prints by Oaxaca and Cincinnati Artists; August 22 - September 23, 2022

Curated by Saad Ghosn of SOS ART, this exhibition features prints by 25 artists, 12 from Oaxaca and 13 from Cincinnati. Each of these artists created a woodcut print on a theme of Human Rights and contributed two additional prints for the exhibit.

Held at Xavier University Art Galleries; A.B. Cohen Center, 1658 Musketeer Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45207; Gallery is open Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm, closed on Saturday and Sunday (except as noted below).

Opening Reception: Friday, August 26, 4 7pm
Meet visiting artists from Oaxaca and Cincinnati artists featured in the exhibit

Artists Share Presentations: Saturday, August 27, 2 5pm
Visiting artists from Oaxaca and Cincinnati artists will present and share their work

Sponsored by SOS (Save Our Souls) ART Cincinnati and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.


Working Collaboratively for a more Just, Peaceful, and Sustainable World

One of the most important but often overlooked powers of a university is its ability to convene.  To bring people together to explore and to work for a common good.

From the beginning of his presidency, Fr. Michael J. Graham, SJ (President from 2001 to 2021) made connecting the Xavier community to the greater Cincinnati community a foundational part of the University’s mission. That commitment found expression in the vision and in the work of the Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue over the past decades. 

Contact Us

Dr. William Madges
Faculty Director 

Ann Senefeld
Administrative Assistant II