The University Series

The University Series is a large multi-parish adult education program during the season of Lent that was started in 2002 by Fr. Dave Heney when he was the pastor of St. Paschal Baylon parish in Thousand Oaks.

The University Series 2017 Sessions

This year, March 2 to April 7, the University Series will be in session in the Ventura, California area and the Whittier, California area and offer over 90 different sessions that connect our faith with real life; offering sessions on scripture, marriage and family, current events, archaeology, science, spirituality, and modern moral issues.  There is also a wonderful concert series on Sundays showcasing some of the best church musical talent in our area.

Each year, over 11,000 people have attended University Series sessions. So many people have found that the season of Lent, just before Easter, is a perfect time to gain valuable insights, deep wisdom, and practical help for daily living. All sessions are from 7:30 to 9pm, and each speaker is encouraged to have a Q & A time. On any given night, there might be as many as four or five sessions to choose from among the 12 University Parishes.

The University Series Speakers

Once again, this year will feature John Allen, senior CNN Vatican Analyst, as special speaker. We welcome back frequent History Channel scripture expert Professor Daniel Smith-Christopher from Loyola Marymount University. We are especially happy to welcome the world’s foremost expert on the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus, for the first time. We are also glad to welcome our new bishop, and nationally recognized Catholic spokesperson, Bishop Robert Barron.

Fr. Heney will be giving several talks on the current Middle East crisis; and also on Adam & Eve and evolution, biblical archaeology, gay marriage and our faith, and a wonderful series with a local Rabbi on Catholicism and Judaism.

The University Series Ventura Fees & Locations

You can find everything you need to know about the University at

Each session is $8 per person, but you can bring a guest for free. If you pre-register online each session is just $5 and you can still bring a guest for free. For $85 you can receive a season pass which gets you, and a guest, into every session.

University Series Catalogs are also available at these Ventura area parishes:

  • Holy Cross Church in Moorpark
  • Our Lady of the Assumption in Ventura
  • San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura
  • Padre Serra Church in Camarillo
  • St. Mary Magdalen in Camarillo
  • St. Julie Billiart in Newbury Park
  • St. Jude the Apostle in Westlake Village
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe in Westlake Village
  • St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks
  • St. Peter Claver in Simi Valley
  • St. Rose of Lima in Simi Valley
  • St. Mel in Woodland Hills (new for 2016)