Abbot McCarthy has been a monk for 33 years. He was a novice master for 13 years and has spent 11 years as abbot of Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey near Lafayette.
A native of eastern Washington, Abbot McCarthy has a master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and was a research fellow in sources in Christian mysticism, studying under author and theologian Henri Nouwen. He also holds a masters degree from Fordham University.
Prior to his public lecture, students and faculty will host an appreciation dinner in recognition of the support the abbey has given to Linfield College students and faculty for many years. Several classes have met there and hundreds of students have visited the abbey over the years.
"In this 50th anniversary of the Trappists arrival here in Oregon, we have benefited from their peaceful presence in ways often not fully realized," said William Apel, professor of religion at Linfield. "We at Linfield want to say thanks for being a beacon of light for us all."
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the spring Frazee Lecture in Religion.