D’Youville Lecture in Science, Medicine, and Christianity

Are Science and Religion Compatible? Reflections of a Particle Physicist

Particle Physicist, CERN Researcher, and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, The Catholic University of America
Friday, February 9, 2018, 6 pm, 3484 Peel St.

Are science and religion compatible?  Is it possible to be a faithful Catholic and an objective, serious scientist?  Dr. Aaron Dominguez, a particle physicist and the Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at The Catholic University of America, spoke about how both of these can not only be possible, but in fact both need each other for a complete view of the world and our place in it.

Co-sponsored by the Newman Centre; the Centre for Research on Religion, McGill University; the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation; and the Newman Catholic Students Society

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Dr. Dominguez also delivered the Physics Department’s February “Physics Matters” public lecture on Thursday, February 8.  We are grateful to the Faculty of Science at McGill for providing funds for Dr. Dominguez’ trip.


Pharmacy of the Hôtel-Dieu Hospital (est. 1639) staffed by the Grey Nuns.

About the Marguerite D’Youville Lectures

We are excited to announce the inauguration of the Marguerite D’Youville public lectures on Science, Medicine, and Christianity. These lectures will bring in leading scholars to McGill University to present cutting-edge perspectives on the relationship of faith, science and medicine.

The aim of these lectures is to encourage a constructive and open conversation between the sciences and the humanities, and in particular between scientists, theologians, and ethicists.

The lectures have been named after Marguerite D’Youville, a founding figure in Montreal’s history, who helped establish Montreal’s first hospital and the order of sisters, namely  the Sisters of Charity of the Hôpital Général or Grey Nuns (as they are commonly known), who would go on to become major providers of healthcare not only in Montreal, but in Canada and parts of the United States.  The lectures are a major new initiative of the Newman Institute of Catholic Studies.


The Evolution of Stem Cell Bioethics

Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, McGill University
Thursday, January 26th at 5:30 p.m.  –  3484 Peel St.

downloadTerry Hébert is Professor in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University and a faculty member of the Newman Institute. He came to McGill in September 2005 after having spent nine years at the Montréal Heart Institute (a teaching hospital at the Université de Montréal). He is originally from southwestern Ontario (Windsor) and obtained my Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of a Chercheur national Award from FRQS (2008-2012) and the 2008 John J. Day Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. His research lab is investigating G protein-coupled signal transduction systems with a view to determining their role in cardiac disease, with a particular emphasis on congenital heart disease.