Things Worth Dying For
Archbishop Emeritus Charles J. Chaput, OFMCap
On Monday, April 4, 2022, Archbishop Chaput offered a powerful presentation to a capacity crowd in Christ King Chapel. His talk was based on his current book, Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living. As he explained, God creates each of us for a purpose. Every life is an unrepeatable, precious gift, too valuable to squander, which means that very few things are actually worth dying for. But those few things make life worth living. They give our lives meaning. And they’re worth defending no matter the cost. What those things are, why they’re important, and how to pursue them in a rapidly changing and increasingly unfriendly world: these are the questions at the heart of today’s Christian life.
Archbishop Chaput is originally from Kansas and is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota in 1988. Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver in 1997, and Pope Benedict XVI named him Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, he was the second Native American to be ordained a bishop in the United States and is the first Native American archbishop.
In 2020, Archbishop Chaput became Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia upon Pope Francis’ acceptance of his letter of resignation written when he reached the age of 75.
His books include Living the Catholic Faith: Rediscovering the Basics, Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life, and Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.
View photographs from the event.
The Lecture in Christian Ethics is supported by the Father Andrew Nelson Fund.