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First Friday Lecture Explores Friendship of St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher

September 14, 2016

Dr. William Graf, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at St. John Fisher College, will present “A Tale of Two Saints,” exploring the lives and friendship of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More. The event, which begins with Mass and breakfast at 9 a.m., takes place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center Board Room.

William Graf

William Graf

Graf’s lecture is a part of Alumni Weekend, and also kicks off “A Book for All Seasons,” a month-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of More’s thought-provoking book, Utopia. His hour-long presentation during the First Friday lecture will detail the friendship between More and Fisher, both of whom had contentious relationships with King Henry VIII that resulted in their executions. Both were proclaimed saints by the Catholic Church in 1935, and the two intellectuals share a feast day (June 22) in the Roman Catholic calendar of saints.

With advanced degrees in pastoral counseling, theology, and education, Graf has long taught courses in social ethics and the theology of marriage and sexuality. His latest research interests have focused on the use of power in leadership positions in schools.

The First Friday Lecture Series, sponsored by the 1948 Society, is designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of topics from members of the St. John Fisher College and greater Rochester community. Parking is available in Lot A, or in Lot S (shuttle service will be provided to and from the Welcome Center).

Register online for the lecture, or for more information, call Libby Pinti at (585) 385-7350 or email