St. Gregory’s University, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame, will host the Hesburg Lecture series featuring Father Ronald Nuzzi, Ph.D. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Rockwood Center on St. Gregory’s Shawnee campus. Father Nuzzi will speak on Catholic Schools and the New Evangelization, focusing on the role of Catholic secondary schools in American history and the challenges they face in the next decade.


“This series is typically used by alumni clubs much larger than Oklahoma City for their own membership,” said Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City President Bill Tunell. “By partnering with St. Gregory’s, we can help provide an academic experience unique to colleges in our area.” 


Father Nuzzi has authored and contributed to numerous books on Catholic education, and previously addressed educators in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ireland and Australia. He is a Senior Director with the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at Notre Dame, and the founding director of its Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program, Notre Dame’s graduate program in educational administration.


Father Nuzzi’s lecture is a particular fit for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, an early adopter of Notre Dame’s ACE program, which allows local dioceses to sponsor Notre Dame graduate students as teachers within their parochial schools. 

During the summer, these graduate students pursue their master’s degree in education while on scholarship at Notre Dame.  Over 50 ACE students have taught in Oklahoma City since 1994, and several ACE students currently teach within the Archdiocese’s school system.


Father Nuzzi’s presentation is part of the Hesburgh Lecture Series, which enables Notre Dame professors to engage local alumni clubs around the world.  Father Nuzzi’s lecture is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City, which covers about two-thirds of the State of Oklahoma. The 2016 lecture is the first of a planned annual series of Hesburgh Lectures at St. Gregory’s.


The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated to Mr. Tunell at (405) 505-7431.  Detailed information can be found on the Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City’s website