GENESEO, N.Y. – The Rev. Father Gerard D'Souza, the recently installed Abbot of the Abbey of the Genesee, will deliver SUNY Geneseo's 2013 MacVittie Lecture Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Doty Hall Tower Room. His address, "Desire and 'The Word'," is free and open to the public.
Abbot D'Souza was born in Qatar and raised in India, where he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology. After seminary studies in Mumbai, he moved to the United States, where he earned a master's degree in religious studies from the Institute of Religious Studies in Yonkers. In 1992, he entered the Abbey of the Genesee, a cloistered Trappist monastery near the Geneseo campus.
D'Souza took his solemn vows in 1999, completed priestly studies at Catholic University and was ordained in 2001. He is the sixth abbot in the 61-year history of the Abbey of the Genesee.
The MacVittie Lecture Series – named in memory of SUNY Geneseo President Emeritus Robert W. MacVittie and in honor of his wife, Margaret (Peggy) – brings prominent theologians to campus to examine issues as they relate to questions of ultimate existence.
The lecture also is an element of this year's Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP), "The Power of Stories: Communicating Who We Are." The college launched GISP in 2011 as part of the White House's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which encourages campuses across the nation to participate in service projects to bring together people from diverse religious and non-religious background to collectively serve their communities.
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