bishop david m o connellWEST LONG BRANCH, NJ - Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will speak at a Symposium on Religion in Public Life in Monmouth University, West Long Branch Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Interdisciplinary Studies (PRIS), the symposium will also feature a presentation by Susan Abraham, assistant professor of theological studies in Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Sponsored by Monmouth University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Office of Global Initiatives, the symposium is the beginning of a new initiative intended to raise awareness of the Liberal Arts, specifically Monmouth University's PRIS department.  

Bishop O’Connell will offer a general reflection on the impact and significance of Pope Francis’ papacy for global and American Catholicism from an ecclesiastical perspective while Abraham will offer a reflection on the same from a scholarly perspective.

Talks will also be given by Golam Mathborm, chairman of the PRIS Department, and Dr. Laura Moriarty, the new provost at Monmouth University.

Future symposiums to be hosted by the PRIS Department will focus on morality and ethics and other religions.

The symposium will be in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. Bishop O’Connell will speak from 10-11:30 a.m. and Abraham will speak from 2:30-4 p.m. If interested in attending this free event, contact Lynette Ming at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information, call 732-263-5501.