St. Ambrose of Milan lecture Dec. 4


DAVENPORT — The Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan (ASSAM) at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, is sponsoring its annual lecture on the university’s patron saint Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel on campus.
Sister Maria Kiely, O.S.D., will give the lecture, which is open to the public at no charge. The lecture’s title is “The Apotheosis of Valentinian II: Ambrose of Milan’s Funeral Oration.” Benedictine Sr. Kiely is from the Congregation of Solesmes and grew up in California. She now lives in Washington, D.C., where she teaches Greek at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Dominican House of Studies. She is also on the Editorial Committee for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). She has an MA from Stanford University in early music, specializing in Gregorian chant; an MA from the L’Université de Laval in Aristotelian Philosophy, specializing in Logic; and a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Greek and Latin. She has studied in depth the life and writings of St. Ambrose of Milan. Her dissertation is titled Ambrose the Pastor and the Image of the ‘Bride’: Exegesis, Philosophy, and the Song of Songs.
Participants at the event will experience the era that Ambrose lived in through the lecture, interactive games, snacking and more.
For more information, please contact: Ethan Gannaway, associate director of ASSAM at or call him at (563) 333-5823.

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