ORU Welcomes the Director of the Vatican Observatory

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Stephanie Hill, Director of University Relations & Communications
Office: 918.495.7337, Mobile: 918.720.5548

Brother Guy ConsolmagnoTulsa, OK – Oral Roberts University will welcome Brother Guy Consolmagno for its January President’s Performing Arts and Lecture Series. The free event, “Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance,” will be held January 22, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Global Learning Center.

Known commonly as “The Pope’s Astronomer,” Consolmagno is an American Jesuit Research Astronomer and the current Director of the Vatican Observatory. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from MIT, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona.

Consolmagno’s training is in meteorites and asteroids but his more recent focus has been on the public’s understanding of earth and planetary sciences, as well as the interaction of faith and science. He has also written several books including The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and the Vatican, The Way to the Dwelling Light, and Turn Left at Orion.

“God’s word reminds us that the heavens declare the glory of God and that the skies proclaim the work of his hands, so we are excited to hear Brother Consolmagno share his insights about astronomy and theology,” said ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson. “This is a unique opportunity to hear from a planetary scientist who even has an asteroid named after him.”

Consolmagno will be arriving the day before the event and is available to appear on early newscasts the morning of the lecture.

The President’s Performing Arts & Lecture Series is an opportunity for ORU to celebrate the arts and highlight thought-leaders of our time. The event is free but participants are asked to obtain tickets through the Mabee Center.