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 August

Msgr. Irwin's Latest Publications

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has published Msgr. Irwin’s major address delivered in Rome in February 2013 at the Lateran University.

 

 

Msgr. Irwin On The Road

Msgr. Irwin attends biannual meeting of the Societas Liturgica and biannual Liturgical Congress.

 

 

Dr. Grabowski Appointed as Expert for the Synod on the Family

Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor and director of the Moral Theology/Ethics academic area in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA has been appointed by Pope Francis as an Expert for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome

 

 

Biblical Studies Area Attends the Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting

The CUA Biblical Studies Area was well represented at the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting at Xavier University in New Orleans August 1-4.

 

 

Dr. John Grabowski and Mrs. Claire Grabowski Publish Joint Commentary

John Paul II, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris consortio), Anniversary edition. With commentary by John & Claire Grabowski (Boston: Pauline, 2015).

 

 

Dr. Charles B. Jones Presents a Paper at a Prestigious Conference

Dr. Jones Presents a paper at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies

 

 

 July

  • Fr. John Ford, CSC attended the annual conference of the Newman Association of America

    Fr. John Ford csc attended the annual conference of the Newman Association of America, July 30-August 1, at Seton Hall University; he delivered a power-point presentation on "John Henry Newman: Little Known Facts of his Roman Catholic Years."

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  • Professor Miller Publishes Essay on Revelation

    TRS associate professor, Dr. Robert Miller has published, "Myth as Revelation," in Laval théologique et philosophique 70 (2014): 539-61. In this essay, Dr. Miller examines how myth functions as revelation in the Old Testament and the unique contribution "inspired myth" makes in sacred scripture.

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  • Dr Miller Publishes Essay on Early Israelite Religion

    TRS Associate Professor, Dr. Robert Miller published an essay entitled "Shamanism and Totemism in Early Israel" in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Science 100 (2014): 21-58. The essay examines the archaeology of religion for 12th-11th-century BC Israel in the light of ethnographic analogy.

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  • Dr Jones & Graduate Students Present at International Symposium

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the keynote address, "Religious Belief and Practice in an Age of Science," at the international symposium "Religion in the 21st Century: The Relevancy of Doctrine in a Digital Age" on July 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Graduate students Siobhan Benitez Riley and Andrew J. Cuff also presented The symposium was sponsored by Youngsan University of Seon Studies, Seoul, South Korea.

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    June

  • Msgr Clay Delivers Address at International RCIA Conference

    Msgr Clay gave one of the keynote addresses at an international meeting on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults held in Chicago, June 18-19. His address, "The Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate: Critical Beginnings," examined how the lack of adequate evangelization at the beginning of the initiation process can contribute to the numbers of initiates who fall away from an active practice of worship and missionary discipleship and what might be done to remediate this in future efforts to train clergy and catechetical leaders in Christian initiation ministry.

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  • Two TRS Professors Attend International Dialogue Meeting

    Msgr. Michael Clay and Rev. Michael Witczak attended the recent international dialogue meeting between the Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held June 19-24 at Bethany College in West Virginia, a school established by one of the 19th century founders of the Disciples of Christ, Alexander Campbell. During the meeting, Msgr. Clay delivered a paper entitled, "The Significance of Eucharistic Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church." The general focus for this fifth phase of dialogue is "Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist."

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  • Professor Robert Miller Co-Conducts Ecumenical Workshop for Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

    TRS associate professor, Dr. Miller and Professor Sarah H. Henrich of Luther Seminary conducted the annual week-long (June 22-26) Ecumenical Scripture Workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at the Priest Field Center in Kearneysville, WV. Professors Miller and Henrich delivered lectures and led discussions on Coping with Empire in the Old and New Testaments. The workshop was directed by Rev. Mr. Dennis Nesser, a graduate of the CUA School of Canon Law.

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  • Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Meeting in Rome

    Msgr Paul McPartlan was in Rome, 24-27 June 2015, for a meeting of several members from each side of the international Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue to refine a draft text on primacy and synodality in the Church which was composed and considered at the plenary meeting of the dialogue in Amman, Jordan, in September 2014.

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  • Dr. Charles B. Jones Participates in Study Tour in Northwest China

    Dr. Charles B. Jones joined 30 other scholars and students of Chinese Buddhism in a seminar and tour of Buddhist sites in Gansu Province, northwest China organized by the Woodenfish Foundation.

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  • Dr. and Mrs. Grabowski Give talk at Bishops’ Plenary Session

    On June 11, 2015, Dr. John Grabowski and his wife, Claire, gave a presentation to the June Plenary session of the U.S. Bishops at their meeting in Saint Louis entitled, "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage." The presentation considered the beauty of this teaching in Catholic theology and in their own experience as a married couple through the lenses of creation, covenant, sacrament, healing, and the call to holiness. It closed by pointing to the fuller elaboration of these notes provided by the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II.

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  • Fr Heil lectures at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

    On June 21-22, 2015 Fr Heil delivered three lectures on "Parables in Matthew" as part of the Summer Scripture Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Ongoing Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

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  • Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Primacy

    On 17 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a lecture entitled, 'The Bishop of Rome: Fresh Catholic Thinking and Possible Ways Forward', at the Orientale Lumen Conference held in Washington DC, the overall conference theme being 'The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present, Future'.

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  • CUA Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    From 2-4 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor, Fr Joseph Komonchak, all took part in the bi-annual meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Msgr McPartlan gave a presentation of the document produced by this dialogue in 1989, entitled: 'An Agreed Statement on Conciliarity and Primacy in the Church'.

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    Dr. and Mrs. Grabowski Give talk at Bishops’ Plenary Session

    On June 11, 2015, Dr. John Grabowski and his wife, Claire, gave a presentation to the June Plenary session of the U.S. Bishops at their meeting in Saint Louis entitled, "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage." The presentation considered the beauty of this teaching in Catholic theology and in their own experience as a married couple through the lenses of creation, covenant, sacrament, healing, and the call to holiness. It closed by pointing to the fuller elaboration of these notes provided by the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II.

     

     

    Fr Heil lectures at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

    On June 21-22, 2015 Fr Heil delivered three lectures on "Parables in Matthew" as part of the Summer Scripture Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Ongoing Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

     

     

    Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Primacy

    On 17 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a lecture entitled, 'The Bishop of Rome: Fresh Catholic Thinking and Possible Ways Forward', at the Orientale Lumen Conference held in Washington DC, the overall conference theme being 'The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present, Future'.

     

     

    CUA Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    From 2-4 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor, Fr Joseph Komonchak, all took part in the bi-annual meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Msgr McPartlan gave a presentation of the document produced by this dialogue in 1989, entitled: 'An Agreed Statement on Conciliarity and Primacy in the Church'.

     

     

    May

  • Msgr McPartlan Addresses ACT and CTSA

    On 20 May, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on the International Theological Commission (ITC) document, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles, and Criteria (2012), at the annual conference of the Academy of Catholic Theology in Washington DC. Then on 12 June, he gave the response to the plenary address of John Burkhard, OFMConv, on 'The Sensus Fidelium: Old Questions, New Challenges', at the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Milwaukee WI. Both Fr Burkhard's lecture and Msgr McPartlan's response made reference to the ITC document, Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church (2014).

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  • Dr. Grabowski Participates in Presentation and Discussion on Marriage, Family, and Sexuality

    On May 21st, Dr John Grabowski participated in a professional development conference call with some 30 members of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers from around the U.S., discussing “A Home for the Wounded Heart,” the section of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families (published in Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive [Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2014) which he wrote. The presentation and discussion explored how the “hard sayings” in the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality can be understood pastorally as invitations to healing and life.

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    STRS Proudly Graduates 65 Students!

    At the Commencement exercizes on Saturday, May 16, 2015, sixty five students from the School of Theology and Religious Studies graduated with a wide range of degrees, both graduate and undergraduate: PhD, STD, DMin, STL, MCat, MA, MDiv, STB, MDiv/STB, and BA. This was the first year in which we had a graduate for the recently launched MCat, and our own students for the BA, also.

     

     

    Dr. Jones Presents Paper in Hangzhou, China

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Is a Dazangjing a Canon? On the Use of “Canon” with Regard to Chinese Buddhist Anthologies” at the conference “Study of Block-printed Edition of Tripitaka, Past, Present and Future, Centering around Jiaxing Sutra” at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China on May 10, 2015.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Publishes Article

    Dr. Ian Boxall has contributed a chapter to the recently-published Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice, an international collection of  essays by scholars working in reception history, edited by William John Lyons and Emma England (Bloomsbury/T. & T. Clark, 2015). Dr. Boxall’s chapter is entitled “Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries.”

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Publishes Article

    Dr Ian Boxall has contributed an article entitled ‘Riding White Horses: An Intertextual Study of Rev. 6:1-2 in the Light of its Reception History,’ to Poetik und Intertextualität in der Apokalypse, edited by S. Alkier, T. Hieke and T. Nicklas (WUNT I; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).

     

     

    April

    Msgr. McPartlan Speaks on Ecumenism at Seton Hall

    On 29 April 2015, Msgr. Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on 'The International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues' at Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Gives a Talk at Washington College

    On March 27th 2015, Dr Ian Boxall gave a talk at Washington College, Chestertown MD, entitled: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelation”, sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture with co-sponsorship from the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

     

     

    Dr. Grabowski Gives Lecture on Pope Francis’ Call to Mission

    On April 21, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a lecture entitled “Pope Francis’ Call to Mission and the Role of the Family” in the Archbishop’s Lecture series for the Archdiocese of Denver. This presentation sought to demonstrate that neither Pope Francis’ teaching on mission or on family are new. What is new is the way in which he has made the New Evangelization programmatic for his ministry and for the Church, inviting us to see the family as the subject (and note merely the object) of evangelization.

     

     

    Dr. Dinges Participates in Panel at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

    Dr. William Dinges participated on April 19th in a panel discussion at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, Maryland. The afternoon discussion centered around the theme of “This Fragile Earth Our Island Home: Stewardship of the Environment and Communities of Faith.”

     

    Dr. Mattison Gives Talk on Pope Francis, Marriage & the Family

    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.  

     

     

    Dr. Grabowski gives Presentation on Marriage & Family

    On April 18, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled “Marriage and Family through the Eyes of Gaudium et spes” at the 2015 Catholic Leadership Conference sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center on the CUA campus. The presentation considered the Pastoral Constitution’s teaching on marriage and family and the significance given to considerations of human experience in the document and its relevance for the Catholic theology and praxis of marriage in the 21st century.

     

     

    Dr. Jones Presents Paper at Bingham Young University

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper “A Canon Never Published: Yuan Hongdao (1568-1610) and the Identification of a Pure Land Canon in the Late Ming Dynasty” at the Third International Conference on the Chinese Buddhist Canon held at Brigham Young University April 9-10, 2015 in Provo, Utah.

     

     

    Dr. Jones leads Seminar on Christian Pluralism

    Dr. Charles B. Jones led the seminar “Christian Pluralism in America” for the faculty of the Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University on April 8, 2015.

     

    Dr. Valkenberg Gives Lecture on Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

    Dr. Pim Valkenberg gave a lecture about “Catholic-Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Europe: Public Space, Private Education, and the Common Good” at a conference organized by the Institute of Intercultural, Interreligious and Ecumenical Research and Dialogue of the SS. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic on March 31 and April 1.

     

    Dr. Gregory Publishes Article

    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. This article traces the scribal translation and transmission of Sirach 10:13(15), how this process was influenced by discussions of virtue and vice in late antiquity, and the emergence of Sirach 10 as a central text in discussions of pride as the head of the capital vices or "seven deadly sins."

     

    • Annual Liturgical Conference Features CUA Professor

      Msgr. Michael Clay, area director of Pastoral Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, gave two lectures on multiculturalism at the annual Liturgical Conference sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Richmond on February 16, 2015. The first lecture focused on the general dynamics of cultural diversity and the second focused on Latino/Hispanic culture. The conference theme centered on the increasing presence of immigrants in the diocese and how liturgical leaders can welcome this growing body into the life of the local Church.

    • D'Alliessi Defense

      Rev. Daniel D’Alliessi will be presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00p.m. at Caldwell 125. His dissertation is called, "The Second Vatican Council’s Teaching on Erroneous Conscience as Seen Through the Development of 'De Ordine Morali' "

    March

    Dr. Jones Gives Presentation on Buddhism

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented “Yuan Hongdao and the Coral Grove (Shnhú Lín): Gentry Buddhist Discourse in the Late Ming Dynasty” at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, Ill., March 27, 2015.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Gives a Talk at Washington College

    On March 27th 2015, Dr Ian Boxall gave a talk at Washington College, Chestertown MD, entitled: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelation”, sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture with co-sponsorship from the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

     

    Msgr McPartlan Speaks at Huffington Ecumenical Institute

    On Saturday 28 March, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II and the Issue of Primacy’ at an event entitled ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II’ hosted by the Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Also speaking was Professor Paul Gavrilyuk of the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. The event was preceded by a round-table faculty discussion with the two speakers on 27 March.

     

    • Symposium on the Synods

      On Monday March 16, 2015, STRS held a symposium on "The Synods on the Family and the New Evangelization". Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the President of USCCB, and Dr John Grabowski, director of the Moral Theology/Ethics academic area in STRS discussed the nature of synods, the purpose of the current synods on the family, the Archbishop's experience as a participant in the Extraordinary Synod of 2014, and the way in which these synods fit into the ministry of Pope Francis and his vision for the Church.

    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Gives Annual Carl J. Peter Lecture in Rome

      On March 15th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor of CUA/STRS, was honored to deliver the annual Carl J. Peter lecture at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The talk was entitled: “Preaching the Word: When People Stop Listening." The annual lecture is designed to promote the art of preaching and to remember Fr. Carl J. Peter, former faculty member and alumnus of the PNAC and former Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA (1977-1985). The text of the lecture can be found at: http://www.pnac.org/the-seminary/the-carl-j-peter-lecture/

    • Dr. Dinges’ March Presentations

      Dr. William D. Dinges gave a panel presentation on March 12th on “Religion and Cultural Dynamics of ‘Old’ Immigrants” in conjunction with a conference on American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present held at the Catholic University of America. On March 19th, Dr. Dinges gave a Catholic University Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies Brown Bag presentation on “Ritual Change and Cultural Change: What a Difference a War Makes” examining the impact of WWII on efforts to advance the liturgical movement among American Catholics. On March 20th, Dr. Dinges presented a lecture on “Pope Francis, Catholics, and Creation: Why Things Matter” as part of the Lenten Supper Talk series at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD.

       

    • Henkel Defense

      Ms. Kimberly M. Henkel will be presenting her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on  Friday, March 27 at 10:30a.m. in Caldwell 125. Her dissertation is called, "The Moral Status of Oocyte."

    • Pedraza Defense

      Mr. Brian J. Pedraza is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled " Truth and Love: The Christocentric Anthropology of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II and Catechesis for the New Evangelization "

    • Dr. Grabowski Participates in USCCB Conference

      On Friday, March 13, Dr. Grabowski took part in the Multi-Society Workshop for Bishops and Theologians "The Theological Enterprise in Light of the New Evangelization" at the USCCB here in Washington. The event was sponsored by the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine and involved representative of the major Catholic learned societies in the U.S. He attended on behalf of the Academy of Catholic Theology. The focus of the conversation was on issues impacting the Church's theology of and ministry to marriage.

    • Fr Lombardo gives lecture at Providence College

      On Monday March 16, Fr Nicholas Lombardo gave the annual St Thomas Aquinas lecture at Providence College on “What was Jesus intending? Reconstructing Jesus’ historical attitude toward his death.” The lecture looked at what we can say, in broad outline, about Jesus’ historical attitude toward his death. Then it turned to early Christian understanding of the crucifixion and discussed how it can help explain why Jesus approached his death the way he did.

    • Fr. Ford Publishes Article

      Fr. John Ford's article titled "Fr. Paul of Graymoor: Prophet of At-one-ment," has been recently published in the March 2015 edition of Ecumenical Trends 44/3.

    • Meinert Defense

      Mr. John Meinert is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Monday March 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell room 125. His defense is titled, "Donum Habituale: Grace and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in St. Thomas Aquinas."

    • Osman Defense

      Mr. John Osman is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, March 20 at 11:00 am in Caldwell Hall, Room 125. His defense is titled "A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Catholic Laity: A Neglected Catechetical Text of the Thrid Plenary Council of Baltimore."

    • Dr. Dinges Hosts Austrian Group

       

      During the week of February 15th, Prof. William D. Dinges hosted a visit by a group of Austrian priests, educators, and pastoral workers under the leadership of Dr. Georg Plank and his Pastoral Innovation (dem Heiligen Geist einen Landeplatz bereiten) Program. Visits were made to various churches/parishes in the Washington, D.C., area, along with meetings at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, the USCCB Migration and Refugee Services Department, the Austrian Embassy, and with other pastoral organizations. Dr. Plank's group was greeted by Msgr. Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, and also met for discussion time with Dr. Dinges's Religion and Globalization seminar.

       

    • Rev. Witczak's Series on the Sacraments

       

      Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak is offering a six-part series on "A New Look at the Sacraments" for the Christian Continuing Development Institute in the Diocese of Arlington at St. John Neumann Parish in Reston, VA. The Tuesday morning series ends on Tuesday, April 14.

       

    February

    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Delivers Keynote Address at Irish Safeguarding Conference

      On February 27th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor, delivered the keynote address to over 200 bishops, priests, sisters and lay child safeguarding delegates at the first national conference on safeguarding children. The event was sponsored by Ireland's National Board for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church. The event was held in Athlone, Ireland. Msgr Rossetti highlighted the important progress that has been made in the Church protecting minors in Ireland, the United States and beyond. He spoke of an emerging “template” of best practices in safeguarding children and urged that such a template be made mandatory in every country. He spoke of education as the key and stressed the need to prevent abuse before it occurs. He said, because of such efforts, the Catholic Church is “no longer a safe haven for child abusers.” His talk was reported through Catholic News Service. See the following story: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/us-priest-irish-safeguarding-meeting-church-not-haven-abusers

    • Catholic-Orthodox Event at CUA

      On February 26, STRS hosted the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the DC area. Present were 15 Orthodox clergy serving Orthodox communities in the DC Metropolitan area: Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Acting Dean; Professors Nelson Minnich, Robin Darling Young, and Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos of STRS; and Fr. Robert Hitchens and Fr. Wasyl Kharuk of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary. Msgr. McPartlan gave a talk on "Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue and the Issue of Primacy", and shared his experience as a member of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. An open and sincere exchange followed. The meeting sought to highlight and foster the historical links between the Orthodox Church in the USA and CUA. A number of graduates from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of the Theology in Boston and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York completed their doctoral work here at CUA and now serve the Orthodox Church in a variety of capacities. It is hoped that further such events will take place.

    • Dr. Grabowski Presents on Holiness in Marriage

      John S. Grabowski presented a talk titled, "Experiencing the Universal Call to Holiness in Daily Life: Marital Spirituality and Sexuality" at St. Thomas More Church, Lynchburg, VA. The presentation looked at the universal call to holiness lived out in marriage through the lenses of the ideas of covenant, communion, and domestic church in recent Catholic theology.

    • Fr. Witczak Presents at the NAAL

      Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak presented the paper: “S. Gall Mass Orders: Concluding Reflections on the ‘Search for the Origins of the Rhenish Mass Order’” to the Issues in Medieval Liturgy seminar at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held in Minneapolis, MN, January 1-4, 2015.

    • Glasow Defense

       

      Mr. David Glasow is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, February 27 at 11am in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled " The Three-fold Contribution of Gerald O’Collins’s Fundamental Theology: Its Christocentric Outlook, Its Focus on the Resurrection, And its Groundwork for Ecumenism."

       

    • Safranski Defense

      Benjamin Safranski is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:00 am in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "St. Cyprian of Carthage and the College of Bishops."

       

    • Fr. Ford Publishes Two New Articles

      Fr. Ford has published two essays, "Newman's Reasonable Approach to Faith," and "Newman's Personalist Argument for Belief in God" were published in The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities, edited by Edward J. Ondrako, 55-68, and 207-223.

       

    • Dr. Serra Presents Paper

      Rev. Dr. Dominic Serra presented the paper, "Hermas and Justin Martyr on Baptism in Second-Century Rome" at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Minneapolis, Minnesota. January 3, 2015.

       

    • Dr. Jones Speaks at the Smithsonian

      Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the lectures “Buddhism” and “Taoism and Confucianism” for the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C., January 29 and February 12, 2015.

       

    • Dr. Dinges Presents Talk on Catholics and Environmentalism

      On Saturday, February 7, Dr. William D. Dinges presented a talk on “Catholics and Creation: Why We Should Care” to a gathering of the Washington Archdiocesan high school science teachers and students in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Environmental Outreach Committee’s “Meeting the Challenge of the Environmental Encyclical” retreat held at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, MD.

       

    January

    • Dr. Miller Presents Paper

      Dr. Robert Miller presented the paper "The Hebrew Bible's Concept of Life" on January 21, 2015, at the conference "What is Life? Evolutionary Perspectives, philosophical considerations and theological questions” (www.whatislife.unibe.ch) in Bern, Switzerland. Jointly organized by the Center for Space and Habitability and the Theological Faculty of Bern University, this event was an international gathering of scientists, theologians, and philosophers to discuss the definition of life.

       

    • Sister Kelleher Publishes New Articles

      Sister Margaret Kelleher, O.S.U., has published two new articles:
      “Anscar Chupungco and ICEL.” In Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy (2014) 45-49.
      “Vatican II and the LWF Project: Points of Convergence.” In Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland, ed. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, 52-68. Grand Rapids: Wm. G. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014.

       

    • Zientarski Defense

      Rev. Nicholas Zientarski is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, February 6 at 1:30 pm in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "The Eschatological Role of the Holy Spirit in the Roman Eucharist: The Epiclesis in Modern Liturgical Reform in Light of the Pneumatology of Yves Congar, John Zizioulas, and Robert Jenson."

       

    • Msgr. Clay Presents Inaugural Lecture

      Msgr. Clay presented a lecture on January 17, 2015 to launch the 75th anniversary of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, NC. The lecture, "Emerging Catholicism in the Bible-Belt," situated the growth of Catholicism in North Carolina, the reasons for that growth and what Catholics who are not indigenous to the Bible-Belt might find beneficial in knowing about the various Protestant denominations they encounter in their personal and professional lives. This lecture was the first in a series that will be offered throughout 2015. Msgr. Clay was pastor of the parish between 1995-1999.

       

    • Picturing Mary Lecture

      The Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos gave a lecture at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the context of the "Picturing Mary" Exhibition. His lecture was titled: "Mary as Woman, Mother, Idea in the Byzantine Tradition". In his lecture he examined Puccio Capanna’s Madonna and Child (ca. 1330) and offered a theological interpretation using the Akathist Hymn of the Byzantine Tradition as his theological text. He argued that Puccio Capanna's panel is not just a picture, made of wood and colors, but an icon, a theology in painting, teaching and proclaiming the Mystery of the Incarnation.

       

    • Killeen Defense

      Brother Peter Killeen, F.S.C. is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, February 2 at 2pm in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled, "The Development and Significance of the Religious Habit of Men."

       

    • Alumni Spotlight

      TRS alum Angela Chiappetta is excited by the opportunities her theology degree has given her. To read the full article, please follow this link: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/success-stories/angela-chiappetta.cfm.