The third annual J. J. Quinn Memorial Lecture celebrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition at the University of Scranton was held on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 in the Royal Theatre in the McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts. This year's speaker was the Reverend Joseph J. Fence, S.J., Professor of English at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and a noted scholar of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Dr. Richard Passon, Professor of English at the University introduced his former colleague at St. Joseph's.
Father Feeney's presentation focused on the "Four Great Loves of Gerard Manley Hopkins." Father delighted the almost capacity audience with his recitation of several Hopkins poems. In response, the audience rewarded Father with a standing ovation. In addition to serving as the co-editor of the Hopkins Quarterly, Father Feeney is the author of the recent Ashgate publication entitled The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins and numerous scholarly articles and book reviews of the poet's work.
Previous Quinn lecturers included Ralph Wood, a Flannery O'Connor scholar from Baylor University, and Father Michael Zampelli, who spoke on the medieval theatre and the Catholic Church.