QUINCY — Leonard Biallas, Quincy University’s distinguished professor emeritus of theology and religious studies, will present a lecture titled “A Pilgrim and the Sacred,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Connie Niemann Center for Music, 17th and Seminary Road.
The presentation is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
During the lecture, Biallas will discuss what defines a pilgrim, what is the sacred and what compels the pilgrim to search for it. He will explore this concept from the perspectives of many different religions and beliefs. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.
Biallas came to Quincy University to teach in 1973, having completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, and doctorate from the Catholic Institute in Paris. He taught 31 years at QU before retiring full-time from the Division of Theology and Religious Studies in June 2004. Since then he has continued to teach part-time.
He will officially retire from teaching in May.
“I always expressed a worldview and a faith commitment consistent with the Catholic heritage and the Franciscan tradition,” Biallas said.
“I always encouraged the students to realize that religion plays a necessary and illuminating role in achieving authentic human existence.”
Biallas is the only person on the Quincy University faculty to have received all three of the University’s Faculty Awards: The Excellence in Teaching Award, Trustees’ Award for Scholarly Achievement and Distinguished Professor Award.
Biallas has written three books: “Pilgrim: A Spirituality of Travel,” “Myths: God’s, Heroes, and Saviors” and “World Religions: A Story Approach.” He has also been published in more than 120 professional journals. He and his wife, Martha, have spent much of their life traveling. Biallas has lectured in eight countries and taught with his wife in Uganda and Lithuania.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Miriam Hermann at 217-228-5226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.