The Catholic University of America

March 11, 2009

CUA to Host 6th Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture March 18

Catholic University's School of Canon Law will host the Sixth Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture Wednesday, March 18, with a talk by Klaus Lüdicke, professor of canon law at the University of Münster.

Lüdicke, who has been a canon lawyer for 30 years and specializes in marriage law, procedural law and penal law, will give a talk titled "A Theory of Bonum Coniugum," a Latin term used in the Code of Canon Law that refers to the good of the spouses in a marriage. In his talk, he will address the good of the spouses in canonical jurisprudence.

His lecture, which will be held at 4 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Auditorium, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Born in Poland, Lüdicke studied theology and law in both Münster and Munich. He received his licentiate degree in canon law in 1977, and his doctorate in 1978, both from the University of Munich. He served in the ecclesiastical tribunal in Münster as defender of the bond and as judge.

From 1980 until 2008, Lüdicke was a professor at the University of Münster's Institute for Canon Law. At the institute, he was responsible for organizing and developing the program leading to degrees in canon law.

He edited and contributed sections on marriage, penal law and procedure to the Münsterischer Kommentar zum Codex Iuris Canonici. Lüdicke co-wrote Dignitas connubii, Norms and Commentary with Monsignor Ronny E. Jenkins, CUA adjunct associate professor of canon law. He also has written several scholarly articles on canonical topics, such as psychic incapacity for marriage, exclusion of offspring and canonical process according to the 1983 Code of Canon Law.

Lüdicke retired from the University of Münster in 2008, but continues teaching there while serving as judge at the Münster ecclesiastical tribunal.

The annual lecture honors the late Rev. James H. Provost, 60, a priest of the Diocese of Helena, Mont., and chair of canon law at Catholic University from 1987 to 1998. Father Provost died on Aug. 26, 2000, at the age of 60.

He joined Catholic University's canon law faculty in 1979 and served as managing editor of the faculty's journal, The Jurist, from 1980 until his death.

He was a member of the board of directors of the Consociation Internationalis Studio Iuris Canonici Promovendo. For 10 years he served as one of the directors for the Church Order section of the international theological journal Concilium. Since 1997, he had been a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States.

He served as executive coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America from 1980 to 1986. The society awarded him its highest honor, the Role of Law Award, in 1991.

For more information about the lecture, contact the School of Canon Law at 202-319-5492 or

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in CUA's Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.