The Sophia Series

International Women's Day Lecture:

An Evening with Chef Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford

Top Chef and award-nominated cookbook author Chef Lynn Crawford stars in Pitchin' In on the Food Network Canada Cooking Channel and is Chef-Owner of Ruby Watchco restaurant in Toronto.

Thursday 6 March 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Both Cookbooks will be for sale and signing after the event. Tickets will also be available at the door (if we don't sell out first!)

Lynn stars in the popular Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel show - Pitchin' In. The show, among one of the highest-rated cooking shows in North America, follows Lynn as she visits farmers, growers, and fishermen across North America in search of the freshest and best ingredients. Lynn's dynamic hosting was nominated for a Gemini Award in 2010 and 2011. The show inspired Lynn's first and best-selling cookbook, (2012) Pitchin' In: More Than 100 Great Recipes From Simple Ingredients.

Her second cookbook, At Home with Lynn Crawford, was released in September 2013. In 2010, Lynn launched Ruby Watchco, a market inspired, chef-driven, comfort food restaurant in Toronto's East End, which has garnered critical acclaim as one of the best restaurants in North America.

Thursday 6 March 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Brescia Auditorium, Free Parking Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Sponsor - McCormick Sponsor - Snapd


Jeanne Adamson Memorial Lecture:


Angela Merici Day Lecture

Three Voices in Harmony:
Ursuline Education in the Spirit of Angela Merici

A Panel Presentation by Ursulines:
Anne Denomy, Theresa Mahoney, Patricia McLean

Thursday 23 January 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Merici Lounge, Brescia University College
Admission by Donation, Free Parking

In Angela’s lifetime, the Company of St. Ursula that she founded, was not involved in education. Following her death in 1540, the Company expanded quickly in Italy and into France. By the end of that century, some of her followers, known as Ursulines, became famous for the education of young girls and women - especially in France’s monastic schools. It was from that tradition most Ursuline foundations in North America came – including our own in Chatham.

Even amid this radical change in form and focus, Angela’s spirit has lived on and endured.  Her charism has continued to expand through the centuries– a spirit expressed with clarity and warmth in her precious writings. Her Second Legacy is an example:

I ask you to take all your daughters into account,
having each and every one fixed deeply in your hearts and minds,
and not just their names,
but their background and character, and everything concerning them.
This will not be difficult, if you surround them with real love.

Join us for a panel presentation that will explore Angela’s spirit and charism and how it became globally manifest in the Ursulines' dedication to the education of women and girls.

Panel Presenters:

Anne Denomy is a former science teacher and high school administrator, with a lifelong excitement about learning and sharing that learning. At present, she is fascinated by the story of our Universe and the new physics. In her retired years, she entered a new field, accompanying people with Alzheimer disease and served as treasurer for the Alzheimer Society of Perth County. One characteristic of Ursuline education that Anne has admired over the years is the willingness of Ursulines to adapt and shift with the changing times, as Angela Merici recommended in the last legacy of her writings.

Theresa Mahoney spent many years working with children with special needs such as autism, learning and/or behavioural disabilities and developmental handicaps. She enjoyed ministry as Chaplain at Brescia University College and continues volunteering there. Her ongoing interest with "people on the fringes" continues today in volunteer work with L'Arche and My Sisters' Place.

Patricia McLean practiced her teaching and administrative skills in Elementary Schools for 20 years and, after that, moved into Adult Education. As she grew in “wisdom and age” her understanding of the power of education deepened – based as it is on the dignity and potential of every human person. Becoming an educator in the Ursuline tradition has been a process of personal growth and change – a part of her own ongoing education.




The Sophia Series seeks to:

Why “Sophia”?

The series derives its name from layers of meaning that align with Brescia’s mission and vision.

Sophia Alumnae

Since 2005, The Sophia Series has provided Brescia students and the London community the opportunity to hear the wisdom of these extraordinary women

(from left to right):

Top Row: The Honourable Flora MacDonald, Dr. Margaret Wheatley, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Jane Urquhart, Maude Barlow, Michele Landsberg, Katherine Ashenburg, Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea, Monia Mazigh, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Stephanie Nolen.

Second Row: Sami Jo Small, Adria Vasil, Emma Donoghue, Louise Fagan, Bal Arneson, Ami McKay, Evanna Lynch, Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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Sami Jo Small Adria Vasil Emma Donoghue


Series Sponsors

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