Past Years’ Events




This page shows only past years’ events. For the current academic year, see here.



Weekly events:
Wednesdays, 1 PM: Meet for lunch (bring/buy your own) in the courtyard of the Heilige Geestcollege (Naamsestraat 40).
Thursdays, 6 PM: Mass with the Anglophone community at St. Kwinten’s Church (Naamsestraat 160).


Fides et Ratio series:

Rémi Brague & Jean-Luc Marion: Does Christianity Need Metaphysics? A screening of their 2014 debate on contemporary metaphysics and the faith, with a discussion led by Prof. Em. Ignace VERHACK (HIW). (Screening in English, discussion in Dutch and English) Wednesday, 11 March, 19:30, Room N of the KUL-HIW

Lemaître, God, and the Big Bang Prof. Dr. Christoffel WAELKENS (Sterrenkunde) about the Belgian priest and developer of the big bang theory, and about where science and faith (don’t) meet. Woensdag 1 april, 19:30u, HIW (Mercierzaal). (In Dutch)

Faith and Reason at the University and Beyond: The Future of Catholic Intellectual Life. A doctoral panel discussion on the vocation of the Catholic intellectual in an age of disenchantment, featuring Paul Camacho, Chris Cimorelli, Patrick Cooper, Julia & Andrew Meszaros, and Jared Schumacher. (In English) Wednesday, 13 May, 19:30, Mercierzaal of the KUL-HIW





Thursday Film Series:

The Magician (Ingmar Bergman). The Swedish director freely re-interprets Chesterton’s Magic in a film that challenges commonsense understanding of reality. Thursday, 26th February, 19:00.

Wise Blood (Flannery O’Connor & John Huston). With an introduction by Prof. William DESMOND (KU Leuven). Inspired by Flannery O’Connor’s novel, the film tells of the vicissitudes that beset the veteran “Haze” in his plan to found the Church of Truth Without Christ in the American Deep South. Thursday, 26th March, 19:00.

Tree of Life (Terrence Malick). With an introduction by Paul CAMACHO (KUL, Villanova). Malick narrates the incredible journey of an ordinary family through the vicissitudes of life, capturing their – and our – constant struggle to understand man’s place in the cosmos. Thursday, 23rd April, 19:00.
Camacho’s article ” ‘What Was It You Showed Me?’ Perplexity and Forgiveness: The Tree of Life as Augustinian Confession” can be downloaded here.

The movies will be projected in the Sint-Kwintenhuis (Naamsestraat 150-153), with snacks and discussions to follow. Participation is free; voluntary donations are welcome.




 FALL 2014

Weekly events: 
Wednesdays, 1 PM: Meet for lunch (bring/buy your own) at ALMA 1 (Tiensestraat).
Thursdays, 6 PM: Mass with the Anglophone community at St. Kwinten’s Church (Naamsestraat 160).

Semester Calendar:

Thursday, 25 September, 6 PM: Mass followed by open doors at STUK. After the 6 PM Mass at St. Kwinten’s we will walk up the street to the STUK cultural center to take advantage of their Opening Festival (free admission!). Join us for Mass or meet us at STUK.

Thursday, 9 October, 6 PM: Mass for the Feast Day of Bl. John Henry Newman, St. Kwinten’s Church. Dinner to follow.

Wednesday, 29 October, 6 PM: Prof. Em. Rev. Martin MOORS (Philosophy) will discuss John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio. Location: the Raadzaal of the HIW (Institute of Philosophy; main building directly opposite gate, up the stairs one floor & to the left).

Woensdag, 12 November, 14 u.: Prof. Joris GELDHOF zal over “Lege symboliek of ultieme realiteit? Naar een metafysica van de sacramenten” spreken. Plaats: de Salons van het HIW (Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte; eerste gebouw binnen de porte, linke kant, gelijkvloers, links).

Wednesday, 3 December, 2 PM: Rev. Hans TERCIC (docent at the Seminary of Johannes XXIII in Leuven) on “The Complex Reality of the Threefold Office of the Church”. Location: Aud. B of the HIW (Institute of Philosophy; main building directly opposite gate, next to the library).

December: Christmas Party. Date & Location TBA.


15 March, “Ignatius for Everybody: How to Include the Spiritual Exercises in your Day,” by Fr. Robert Faesen, S.J. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius officially take weeks to complete. Fr. Faesen will give types on how to incorporate these exercises in your daily routine. Mass begins at 6pm at St. Kwinten’s. The talk follows across the street in the Kwintenshuis. ALL ARE WELCOME!

FALL 2012

26 October, “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Virtue of Prudence,” by Fr. David Goodill O.P. Fr David will explain the central importance of the virtue of prudence in St Thomas’s Aquinas’ vision of the Christian life. The relationship between conscience and prudence in St Thomas will be explored, and prudence will be distinguished from modern ideas of efficiency. In particular we will examine why for St Thomas it is never prudent to do that which is wrong. After the 5:30 Mass at the American College (approx. 6:15 pm). Between Mass and the talk, refreshments will be served. ALL ARE WELCOME!

30 November, “The Sacrament of Penance and the New Evangelization,” by Fr. Idahosa Amadasu.  Fr. Idahosa will discuss the central importance of the sacrament of penance in the pastoral activities of the Church.  He will share some of the theological and cultural challenges to responding to the invitation of the Bishops and will suggest ways in which this vital sacrament can be rediscovered today. After the 5:30 Mass at the American College (approx. 6:15 pm). Between Mass and the talk, refreshments will be served. ALL ARE WELCOME!

21 December, “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius for Every Day,” by Fr. Robert Faesen S.J. More details are to come for this talk on Ignatian Spirituality. After the 5:30 Mass at the American College (approx. 6:15 pm) ALL ARE WELCOME!


11 April 8:15pm: BEETHOVEN’s 3rd Symphony and Violin Concerto in D at the Pieter de Somer Aula, Leuven. For details, go HERE. The 3rd symphony (Eroica) is considered by many to be the first “modern” symphony….a great opportunity!

23 March, 7pm: Mass and Discussion Night, at the American College. A talk given by Sr. Timothy Prokes on “St. Theresa of Avila: Doctor of Prayer and Perennial Wisdom.” The talk will be preceded by the Stations of the Cross in the chapel of the American College.



Dec. 16, 7pm: Mass and Discussion Night, “The Word Became Flesh: the Scandal of the Incarnation” a talk given by Fr. Thomas Gricoski O.S.B. at the American College. Mass starts at 7pm, followed by Fr. Thomas’ talk.

Dec. 7, 8pm: Palais de Beaux Arts, Brussels, Beethoven and Saint Saens played by the highly touted German violinist Julia Fischer. More information HERE.

Nov. 25, 7pm, ACL: Mass and Discussion Night. “The Virtues and Spiritual Combat: Engaging Our Own Desert,” a talk given by Fr. Troy Schneider. The talk will be held at the American College on the Naamsestraat. The talk and discussion will follow immediately after mass, which begins at 7pm in the chapel with, of course, some wine and nibbles. 

Nov. 17-18: VENITE ADOREMUS: Come participate in the 12 hour eucharistic adoration in the heart of Leuven! The LNS has agreed to keep watch from 10pm-11pm. See the post for details.

Nov. 16: PUB QUIZ!,  at the M-Cafe, sponsored by the Louvain American Society for Theology (L.A.S.T.) 8pm, M-Cafe, Leuven.

Nov. 7: Augustine’s Confessions reading group commences. 7pm, American College, Leuven.

Oct 26-29 2011: LEST CONFERENCE: Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology, 26-29 October 2012. At the Theology Faculty, Leuven.



Jan. 29, Handel’s Messiah, 16:30-19:30, The Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity, Brussels.

Jan. 30, Archbishop Léonard Pontifical Mass in the EF, 18:30, Eglise des Minimes/Miniemenkerk, Miniemenstraat 62, Brussels.

March 11, Bartok, Debussy, Beethoven, (Zoltán Kocsis, Barnabas Kelemen) 20.00, Henry Le Beouf Hall, Brussels.


March 12, NEWMAN SOCIETY MASS, DISCUSSION, DINNER NIGHT. Fr. Cyril O.S.B. “Your Servant is Listening: Praying with Lectio Divina.” Mass at Leo XIII chapel, begins at 6. Discussion and dinner to follow.


March 17, Thursday: “Body as Gift and Real Symbol in a Digital Age”, by Sr. M. Timothy Prokes, FSE, Ph.D. at the American College of Louvain on the occasion of its 154th anniversary of its foundation. Starts at 8:00 pm. Reception to follow. (ACL, 100 Naamsestraat, 3000 Leuven).

March 25, Beethoven’s 2nd and  5th Symphonies, 20:00, Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, Brussels

April 7 & 8, Sibelius’ Symphony 3, and Prokofiev & Wagner, 20:15, Pieter de Somer Aula, Leuven (6 euros for students!!!)


April 20, St. John’s Passion (Bach),  20.00, Palais des Beaux-Arts


May 1 & 8, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, 15:00, Aula Pieter de Somer, Leuven.

May 1, Te Deum Laudamus, Concert on the occasion of John Paul II’s Beatification,  18:30, Brussels Cathedral, free entry!

May 5, Bach and Lauridsen, Leuven University Choir, 20:30, St. John the Baptist (Groot Begijnhof).

May 12, Archbishop Léonard Mass and Lecture on Newman: “Le Bienheureux Newman et la pérennité du dépot de la Foi dans l’Eglise Catholique.”, Mass begins at 18:30; lecture at 19:30, Minimenkerk, Minimenstraat 62, 1000 Brussels.


May 17, “Marriage and Sexuality: A Catholic Perspective on NFP.” A talk given by Josh and Meredith Phelps of the Archdiocese of Boston, with a short introduction to John Paul II’s Theology of the Body by Fr. Chris Mahar of the diocese of Providence. 19:00-20:30, Romero Room, Maria Theresa College, Theology Faculty, Leuven.


The Louvain Newman Society (LNS) seeks to help and develop in students the Imperial Intellect. Though most of the events listed here are not at all sponsored by the LNS, the Society believes them to contribute to the spiritual and intellectual edification of its members.

Some of our events have involved concerts. Here’s a tip: for classical music, especially, the LNS recommends the following site: NB: Prices depend on selected seating category; it’s not as expensive as it looks!