Rene Girard and the Catholic Artist: a Conversation


Sunday, January 27, 2019


Location and timing:

Fromm Hall directly behind St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in San Francisco, CA

10:30 am Reception and viewing of Alfonse Borysewicz's exhibit, Fragments.

11:00 am Panel Discussion and Q & A

Joseph Bottum

Cynthia Haven

James Matthew Wilson

Alfonse Borysewicz

Exhibit opens January 27th and runs January 27-February 28, 2019

Registration information for free tickets below.


On January 27, the Benedict XVI Institute and St. Ignatius Parish, in conjunction with the Fromm Institute will launch an extraordinary event: René Girard and the Catholic Artist: A Conversation.

It begins at 10:30 am with coffee and doughnuts and an art installation with Alfonse Borysewicz at Fromm Hall's vestibule-across the path from St. Ignatius Church, on the University of San Francisco campus. The paintings will be on display until February 28.

Here is your chance to converse with a Brooklyn painter America magazine called a "serious artist" one of "the few artists" who have the courage to bridge the gap between Catholicism and the art world. Image magazine called him one of the most important religious artists since the French Catholic expressionist, Georges Henri Rouault.  How do we reconcile modernism and the sacred?  Aflonse has been influenced by Stanford Catholic theologian and French literature professor, Rene Girard, on this question.

From 11 am to 1 pm we move into Fromm Hall for a wider conversation with Alfonse and three extraordinary culture creators:

Catholic poet and Villanova professor, James Matthew Wilson, whose latest work of poetry is Hanging God.

Girard biographer, Stanford book blogger, and newly honored National Endowment for the Humanities scholar, Cynthia Haven,


Joseph Bottum, professor at Dakota State University, extraordinary essayist, and poet, songwriter and short story writer, author of  An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America (2014).

This is an extraordinary intellectual event. Donations are welcome.

Register through Eventbrite for free tickets below:

Event Contacts

Franca Gargiulo
(415) 564-2600

Where to Meet

650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118

Sunday, January 27, 2019


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