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On Monday, April 13, in Emmitsburg, MD, Dr. William Mattison addressed a large audience from Mount St. Mary’s University about the recent and upcoming synods on marriage and family. The talk provided an occasion to address how marriage and family today serve invaluably in the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos was interviewed by Greek News, a Greek American weekly paper (available in print and on-line) on the place of Mary in the Byzantine Tradition. The opportunity for this interview arose in the context of the “Picturing Mary” exhibit at the NMWA in association with CUA, and Fr. Stefanos’ lecture there in January. Click here to read the interview.
On 22 April 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Charlotte NC entitled: 'Catholic Reflections on The Church: Towards a Common Vision'. The latter document is the long-awaited and very welcome convergence text on ecclesiology produced in 2013 by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.
Mr. Barrett H. Turner is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 29 at 10:00a.m. in Caldwell Room 125. His presentation is titled, " ‘Dignitatis Humanae’ and the Development of Moral Doctrine: Assessing Change in Catholic Social Teaching on Religious Liberty. "
Mr. Joshua W. Brockway is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. His presentation is titled, "The Ritual Dimension of John Cassian’s Asceticism."
On Monday, April 20th, the Biblical Studies Area hosted the annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, presented the lecture “Achaemenid Persia as Spectacle: Greek and Biblical Reactions.” Dr. Machinist looked at the Achaemenid Persian empire of the first millennium BC as a pageant of power and authority. He focused on the reliefs of the main staircase to the Apadana in the main capital of Persepolis as well as the biblical book of Esther and the Greek drama, The Persians, by Aeschylus. Dr. Machinist explored all of these and the relationships among them in order to chart the impact that Achaemenid Persia had on the world in and around it as well as the Achaemenid impact in our own time.
On Thursday, March 19, Professor Joseph H. H. Ph.D., was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology, honoris causa, by President John Garvey. The ceremony took place in Caldwell Auditorium and was attended by faculty, staff and students. Professor Weiler delivered an address entitled, “Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square.” He is the Joseph Straus Professor of Law at New York University and President of the European University Institute in Florence. Professor Weiler is a leading expert on European constitutional law, a strong advocate for religious freedom and for recognition of the place of religion in human society, and a prominent figure in Jewish-Catholic relations. Photos of the event, please click the title. For a video of this event,please click here.
On Tuesday, March 24th the Moral Theology/Ethics Area hosted its annual spring distinguished lecture. Dr. Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, presented the lecture "Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Josef Ratzinger” to an audience of students, faculty, and guests of the University. Dr. Hittinger examined the contributions of Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic understanding of natural law over the course of his academic career and ministry of teaching and the way he (and Karol Wojtyla/Saint John Paul II) effected a significant "upgrade" of the Catholic understanding.
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Associated with National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibit: Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
A Message from STRS Acting Dean, Msgr. Paul McPartlan
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Dr. Gregory has published an article, "Pride and Sin in Sirach 10:13(15): A Study in the Interdependence of Text and Tradition," in Harvard Theological Review 108 (2015): 213-234.
The subtitle of this book published by Wipf and Stock is Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy. The worship that Revelation exhorts and enables is in the divine Spirit of prophetic witness against all forms of idolatrous worship in favor of a true worship of the Lord God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb, for an eternal and heavenly life. The audience may begin this worship in the Eucharistic supper into which Revelation leads them by inviting them to respond to the promise of Jesus, “Yes, I am coming soon,” with “Amen! Come Lord Jesus!” They thereby welcome the Lord Jesus to the Eucharistic supper that anticipates his final coming and the divine grace, the gift of eternal life, of the Lord Jesus that is intended to be the destiny of all.