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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. 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).



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 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. 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' "


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.


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:

  • 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.



  • 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:

  • 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.



  • 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” ( 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: