October 30, 2013 STEUBENVILLE, OH—Patristic expert Father David Meconi, SJ, will speak on the document that legalized Christianity in his November 13 lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Father Meconi’s talk, “Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1,700 Years Later,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room, St. Joseph Center, followed by a reception.Father Meconi’s talk commemorates the anniversary of the Edict of Milan, which ended most of the persecutions of the Church and sought to restore the property and the possessions taken from the early Christians.Father Meconi will argue that Constantine’s address, “Oration to the Saints,” delivered in Rome in 313, revealed the emperor’s own interest in some of Christianity’s finer theological points.Father Meconi is a professor in the Department of Theological Studies at St. Louis University. He holds a pontifical license in patrology from the University of Innsbruck and a doctorate of philosophy in ecclesiastical history from Oxford University. He has published widely in the area of patristic thought, specializing in Augustine’s philosophy and theology. The talk is free and open to the public. It is part of the fall 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series and is sponsored by Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Advancement.Through the Distinguished Speakers Series, Franciscan University of Steubenville hosts leaders who integrate their faith and public life and thereby inspire the next generation to be a transforming presence in the Church and society.