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On Sunday 27 July 2014, Msgr Paul McPartlan attended the episcopal ordination of Metropolitan Maximos (Vgenopoulos) of Silivria by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople at the Cathedral of St George in the Phanar, Istanbul. Msgr McPartlan was the director of the doctoral dissertation that Metropolitan Maximos wrote some years ago at Heythrop College in the University of London. Metropolitan Maximos' recent book, of great value for Catholic-Orthodox relations, was based on that study: Maximos Vgenopoulos, Primacy in the Church from Vatican I to Vatican II: An Orthodox Perspective (DeKalb, Il: Northern Illinois University Press, 2013).
In a private audience on June 23rd Pope Francis expressed his desire to Archbishop Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, that the terms of service for John Grabowski and his wife Claire as a member couple of the Council (along with other members of the Dicastery) be extended.
On July 31, Fr. John T. Ford, C.S.C. gave a power-point presentation, "Little Known Facts About Newman's Anglican Years, 1801-1845", for the plenary session at the annual conference of the Newman Association of America at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.
Dr. Valkenberg recently published another article about Nicholas of Cusa in a book published by Brill. The article is about the Islamic sources for the famous saying, una religio in rituum varietate (“One religion in a variety of rites”) by Nicholas of Cusa, and it is published in: Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages (Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions) edited by Ian Christopher Levy, Rita George-Tvrtkovi? and Donald F. Duclow, Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2014.
Two of our faculty, Dr. Charles Jones and Dr. Pim Valkenberg, have had articles published in a new book, Understanding Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Religious Studies and Theology, Ed. Peter Phan and Jonathan Ray (Eugene: Pickwick Publications). Dr. Jones' article is titled "The Prospects for Interreligious and Intercultural understanding: the Jesuit Case and its Theoretical Implications." Dr. Valkenberg's article is titled "One Faith, Different Rites: Nicholas of Cusa's New Awareness of Religious Pluralism."
On Saturday, May 17th, the School of Theology and Religious Studies conducted commencement exercises for graduating students in Caldwell Auditorium. 59 graduate and 14 undergraduate degrees were awarded to students completing their studies, and a full list of these graduates and event pictures can be found
“From Italy to China: Matteo Ricci Priest, Missionary and Scholar” Lecture by Dr. Costantino Sigismondi
On Thursday, May 1 in Caldwell Auditorium, Dr.Costantino Sigismondi presented "From Italy to China: Matteo Ricci Priest, Missionary and Scholar." An astronomer, astrophysicist, and professor of physics at Galileo Ferraris Institute, Rome, Italy, he is currently a visiting researcher and teaching fellow at Brazil’s National Observatory in Rio de Janeiro.
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- Aug.25Opening of Classes
Classes for the Fall Semester will begin on Monday, August 25.
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.
Dr Ian Boxall’s new book Discovering Matthew: Content, interpretation, reception has just been published by SPCK. This introduction to the interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel draws on a range of methodological approaches (author-, text- and reader-centered), as complementary rather than mutually exclusive ways of interpreting the Gospel. In particular, it reflects the growing scholarly attention to the reception history of biblical texts.