John Henry Crosby at the 2017 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series

Lumen Civitatis

Lumen Civitatis, “Light of the City”, was founded to support and promote Catholic culture, education, and leadership in Memphis, Tennessee, in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church and the local Ordinary.

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JHC Portrait

John Henry Crosby
President & Founder

John Henry Crosby is a translator, writer, critic, and cultural entrepreneur.

As President & Founder of the Hildebrand Project, John Henry has helped translate from German to English many of the philosophical writings of one of the most important Catholic theologians of the 20th century: Dietrich von Hildebrand.

John Henry is the editor of a book entitled My Battle Against Hitler, which is a compilation of von Hildebrand's memoirs and essays that unveil the insights of a man who dared to witness to Christian truth in the face of National Socialism in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.   

A contemporary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, von Hildebrand spoke out against Nazism and fled Germany once Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933.  From Vienna, he published an anti-Nazi journal that enraged Hitler so intensely that he referred to von Hildebrand as his "number one enemy".  

In his review of My Battle Against Hitler, Bishop Robert Barron offers this key insight:  "In our relativistic age, when we are confronted with a whole range of disvalues in our society, Hildebrand’s is a voice we need to heed."

Following this first publication in 2014, the Hildebrand Project has also published Liturgy and Personality, with a Forward by Bishop Barron, as well as Aesthetics, Volume I, both of which are translations of von Hildebrand's rich philosophical insights with regard to Catholic liturgy, art, and beauty.

Son of an Austrian mother and an American father, John Henry's mother tongue is German. Both his undergraduate studies in philosophy, history, and literature (2000) as well as his graduate studies in philosophy (2001) were pursued at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. 

Under John Henry's leadership, the Hildebrand Project has become the world’s leading organization dedicated to Dietrich von Hildebrand’s legacy. The Project has been supported by many leading foundations and donors, including the Bradley Foundation, Chiaroscuro Foundation, Earhart Foundation, Fieldstead & Company, Henry Luce Foundation, Luddy Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Our Sunday Visitor Institute, Papal Foundation, and the Raskob Foundation.


Thusday, August 17, 2017.
7:00 p.m.
Clunan Center, St. Louis Catholic Church
Memphis, TN


August 17, 2017


Clunan Center, St. Louis Catholic Church

Memphis, TN

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