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November 2017

Msgr. McPartlan Delivers Ecumenism Lecture in the UK

On Thursday 23 November 2017, Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, delivered a lecture on 'The Eucharist in Ecumenical Dialogue' at Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK. The lecture was part of a year-long series at Liverpool Hope involving a number of speakers on the theme 'Commemorating the Reformation'.

Several STRS Professors Present at Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented “A Brief Reflection on Mochizuki Shinko’s Pure Land Buddhism in China: a Doctrinal History” at the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies pre-conference session with the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, Nov. 17, 2017.

Dr. Michael Root delivered a paper on “Karl Barth, the Reformation, and Catholic Theology Today” to the session of the Karl Barth Society of North America, meeting at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston, Massachusetts.  The paper explored the limited interest in Barth among contemporary Catholic theologians.  It took up the recent debate centered on the analogy of being, the natural knowledge of God, and the eternal election of Jesus, arguing that a look at the Reformation shows that these issues are not specifically Catholic-Protestant, but inherent to the Western theological tradition and best approached with attention to both Protestant and Catholic discussions.  The final section of the paper took up Hans Urs von Balthasar’s critique of Barth on grace and the agency of the redeemed within the economy of salvation.  

Vatican Secretary of State Receives Doctorate in Theology

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, STRS was honored to host, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, for the lecture, "The Council: A Prophecy that Continues with Pope Francis," to a packed crowd in Heritage Hall.  Following the lecture, the degree of Doctor of Theology was conferred upon Cardinal Parolin.  After receiving the degree, Cardinal Parolin commented, "It is truly an honor to receive this degree from such a faithful and prestigious university."  The video of the talk is now available.

Dr. John Grabowski Presents at Plenary Session of National Association of Filipino Priests

On Wednesday, November 8th, Dr. John Grabowski, and his wife, Claire, gave a presentation to a plenary session of the Third Assembly of the National Association of Filipino Priests in Houston, TX. The presentation was entitled "Amoris laetitia: A Lay Perspective.": While most of the attention devoted to Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on the Family has focused on chapter 8 and what it does and does not say about ministry to the divorced and civilly remarried, there is a wealth of ideas in the rest of the document which can enrich ministry to marriage and family in the Church. In particular, the document's focus on post-Cana accompaniment of married couples and on skills needed for a healthy marriage are potential game-changers for those who seek to better form couples and families to live their vocation as domestic churches.

Dr. Dinges delivers talk at St. Elizabeth Seton High School

On October 28th Dr. William D. Dinges presented a talk on "The Impact of Secularism and “Nones” on Vocational Discernment” at the Archdiocese of Washington annual Catechetical Day held at St. Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg Washington, D.C.        

STRS Awards Dr. Robert Wilken with the Johannes Quasten Award

On Thursday, Nov. 9, STRS honored Dr. Robert Wilken, the William R. Kenan, Jr. emeritus professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Virginia, with the 2017 Johannes Quasten Award.

Schmidt Defense

Andrew Jordan Schmidt, a Doctoral student in the Biblical Studies area, successfully defended his dissertation Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Dr. Bradley Gregory directed the defense, which is titled, "Wisdom, Cosmos, & Creation in the Book of Sirach."

STRS Receives $5M Gift from the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary

On Friday, Nov. 3, STRS received a $5M gift from the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary for the establishment of a Endowed Chair and Center for Carmelite Studies at Catholic University. The gift marks the single largest donation in the history of STRS.  Click here for more information.

Gies Defense

Aaron Gies, a Doctoral student in the Historical Theology area, successfully defended his dissertation Tuesday, October 31. Dr. Joshua Benson directed the defense, which is titled, "Alexander of Hales on the Gospel of John: An Epitome of Sacra Doctrina"

 

October 2017

Dr. Cloutier speaks on a panel

On October 17, Dr. David Cloutier served as a panelist at Fordham University's Center for Religion and Culture, at their public event "Christianity at the Crossroads: Navigating the Fault Lines of Gender." The ecumenical discussion sought to build greater understanding about the conflicts besetting Christian groups over issues of sex and gender.

Msgr. Irwin Launches Book in Rome

On October 20th at the Pontifical Ateno of Sant’Anselmo hosted the European book launch of Msgr.. Irwin’s recent book, A Commentary on Laudato Si, Background, Contributions, Implementation and Future of Pope Francis’ Encyclical. After summarizing the book’s contents Msgr. Irwin then delivered a lecture entitled “Sacramental Theology after LAUDATO SI.” Included among the standing room only crowd were Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship, Abbot Primate Gregory Polan, OSB, Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, Rev. Mark-David Janus, President of Paulist Press and Father Jordi Pique, OSB, the President of the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at Sant’Anselmo.

Msgr. Irwin named to Roman University Board

The Abbot Primate of the International Benedictine Confederation, Gregory Polan OSB, has appointed Msgr. Kevin Irwin to the newly created Board of Advisors for the Benedictine Ateneo of Sant'Anselmo for a term of four years. The Board consists of nine members, five elected by the international abbots' confederation and four appointed members, including Msgr. Irwin. He is an alumnus of Sant'Anselmo and taught there as a visiting professor in 2016. The first meeting of the Board is on Oct. 16-17 in Rome.

Witczak addresses Austin (TX) priests

Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies Rev. Michael Witczak joined the priests of the Diocese of Austin, TX, for their annual clergy convocation on October 2-5, 2017. Witczak addressed them in five conferences exploring the theme “The Presence of Christ in the Life of a Priest: A Eucharistic Spirituality.” Present at the conference were STRS alumni, including Rev. Edward Christopher Koharchick (MA in liturgical studies [Religion and Religious Education] 1992) and Rev. Jimmy Hsu, CSP (MDiv 2014).

Msgr. Clay Offers Conference on Evangelization in the Catechumenate

Msgr. Michael Clay, Associate Professor of Practice, led a one-day conference on the importance of evangelization as a foundational element in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for initiation catechists in the Archdiocese of New Orleans on September 23. The conference focused on the initial period of formation, the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate, and showed how the ritual text highlights evangelization during the inquiry period, what basic evangelization topics are to be covered, and demonstrated some techniques on how to evangelize.

Dr. Elliot interviewed on Crux

Dr. Elliot was interviewed in Crux, the Catholic News website, on the subject of his recent book: Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, August 2017). Click above for the interview link.

Catholic University Extends Prayers, Support for Victims of Las Vegas Shootings

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Catholic University of America extends its prayers and support for the victims of yesterday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nev. “As a community of faith, our University offers its prayers for the victims and their families, the first responders, and the healthcare workers who are caring for the injured,” said University President John Garvey. “This marks the deadliest mass shooting in American history. I ask that we meet this moment by cultivating peace with our words and deeds in our own community.” The University’s Counseling Center and the Office of Campus Ministry are available for students in need of support. Faculty and staff can contact the Office of Human Resources for support through the University’s employee assistance program.

 

September 2017

2017 Dean's Vespers

The Catholic University of America's School of Theology and Religious Studies hosted its annual Dean’s Vespers on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at the Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family. This year our dean, Father Mark Morozowich hosted over 300 guests including students, administrators, faculty, alumni and friends of the school. Catholic University’s Chamber Choir sung selections from the contemporary composer Roman Hurko. We were honored that he and his wife Carmen attended this vespers. Click here for more details regarding event.

Dr. Grabowski gave a Seminar at Ave Maria University

On September 29 and 30th Dr. Grabowski gave seminar presentations to the faculty and graduate students of Theology at Ave Maria University in Naples Florida based on my recent book Transformed in Christ. The topic was "Pathways to Renewal in Catholic Moral Theology: Preparations for the 50thAnniversary of Humanae vitae and the 25th Anniversary of Veritatis splendor.” The presentations considered the controversy following Pope Paul VI's 1968 document and John Paul II's 1993 encyclical on moral theology in light of the Second Vatican Council's call for a renewal of Catholic moral teaching.

Msgr. Irwin: European Book Launch

Msgr. Kevin Irwin's new book Laudato Si':Examining the Background, Contribution, Implementation and Future of Pope Francis' Encyclical will have a European book launch on Friday October 20, 2017 in Rome. The Association of Catholic Publishers acclaimed this book as the second most important book in the category of Theology, published in 2016 in the United States. Msgr. Irwin will offer brief summary of the book and then make a brief presentation on “Sacramental Theology after LAUDATO SI’”.

New Publication from Dr. Benson

Dr. Benson published "Reflections on Memory in Thomas of Celano's Vita Prima," in Ordo et Sanctitas: The Franciscan Spiritual Journey in Theology and Hagiography. Essays in Honor of J. A. Wayne Hellmann.

Dr. Benson Delivered a Talk

Dr. Benson delivered a public talk in conjunction with the Thomistic Institute entitled, "Mary in Scripture and Church Teaching," at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Arlington, VA on Sept. 26, 2017.

Dr. Cloutier Led a Seminar

On September 22, Dr. Cloutier led a day-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar on Catholic social thought, the dignity of the person, and the common good, at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The session was part of a grant the school has from the Wabash Center to improve Catholic content in their undergraduate general education courses, which are taught by faculty in many different disciplines. Dr. Cloutier will return to Benedictine in November for another day-long seminar on teaching about structures of sin.

Msgr. Clay Leads Conference on Homiletics

Msgr. Clay, Associate Professor of Practice, led an all-day conference on preaching at the annual Deacon Conference for the Diocese of Richmond on September 15. The conference explored the importance of spiritual preparation, biblical theology, and the pastoral context of parishioners in homiletic development as well as how to structure a homily for effective communication.

Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation

On Tuesday, September 19th Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation to the faculty and students of the Saint John Paul II and Redmptoris Mater seminaries (at the Saint John Paul II Seminary). The presentation dealt with "Faith and Love for the Church" and considered the role of the Church in nurturing the light of faith as well as handing on its content particularly in the context of the study of theology.

Dr. Bosworth Published New Book

Dr. Bosworth published "Understanding Grief and Reading the Bible," in Mixed Feelings and Vexed Passions: Exploring Emotions in Biblical Literature (ed. Scott Spencer; Resources for Biblical Study 90; Society of Biblical Literature Press, 2017) The essay describes the current scientific research on grief and correlates it with biblical literature, especially the book of Lamentations. Click above for purchasing link.

Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting in Greece

Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting in Greece From 5-9 September 2017, Msgr Paul McPartlan took part in a meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church on the island of Leros, Greece. Please click above for more information.

Dr. David Elliot has Published a New Book

Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, August 2017). As social, civic and global anxieties mount, the need to overcome despair has become urgent. Elliot’s book proposes the theological virtue of hope as a source of rejuvenation. Hope sustains us from the sloth, presumption and despair that threaten amid injustice, tragedy and dying; it provides an ultimate meaning and transcendent purpose to our lives; and it rejoices and refreshes us 'on the way' with the prospect of eternal beatitude. Rather than degrading this life and world, hope ordains earthly goods to our eternal end, forming us to pursue justice with a resilience that transcends cynicism and disillusionment. Drawing on St. Thomas Aquinas and virtue ethics, the book shows how the virtue of hope contributes to human happiness in this life and not just the next.

Dr. David Elliot Awarded Honors

Dr. Elliot has been re-elected a Research Associate of the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. He was also honored in September with a book launch and reception at Cambridge University by the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics for his new book, Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press)

 

August 2017

Dr. Dinges Published an Article

Dr. Dinges published an article on "The Religious Situation in American Society--Contemporary Trends, Global Implications" in Religion and Society: On the Present-Day Religious Situation (Religion und Gesellschaft: Zur religiosen Situation der Gegenwart), eds., Chibueze Udeani, Friedrich Reiterer and Klaus Zapotoczky (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi), 183-208.

Dr. Dinges Delivered a Presentation

Dr. William D. Dinges, Professor of Religious Studies delivered a presentation on “The ‘Fallen Away’ and ‘Disaffiliated’: Macro Factors in Declining Catholic Numbers,” at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, InterContinental Montreal Hotel, Montreal QC, August 12-14, 2017.

Fr. Witczak published a New Audio Course

Rev. Michael G. Witczak, Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies recently published an audio course with Now You Know Media, a producer of academic and spiritual titles for Catholics. The new 12 lecture course is entitled Comfort in Suffering: Catholic Care for the Sick and Dying.

Dr. Jones Presented a Paper

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, "What is Chinese Pure Land Buddhism" at the 18th Congress of the International Association for Buddhist Studies held in Toronto, August 23rd, 2017.

New Article from Dr. Miller

Dr. Robert Miller has published “Mythic Dimensions of the Sources of the Jordan” in Aram 29 (2017): 207-234, on traditions associated with the River Jordan’s headwaters.

New Article from Fr. Ford

"The "State' of Newman Studies," appeared in Newman Studies Journal 14:1 (Spring 2017): 7-15.

Fr. Ford Contributed a Book Chapter

Fr. Ford contributed the initial chapter, "John Henry Newman: Una breve introducción a sus escritos" in J. H. Newman y su legado en filosofía, teología, literatura y educacación, edited by Rosario Athié (Guadalajara: Ediciones de la Noche, 2017), 11-29.

Fr. Ford Gave a Conference Presentation

Fr. Ford gave the conference presentation "Science and Religion: Some Insights from John Henry Newman," at the annual conference of the Newman Association of America, St. Thomas University, St. Paul, Minnesota, 5 August.

Pak Defense

Cabrini Pak, a Doctoral student in the Religion and Culture area, successfully defended her dissertation Friday, August 4th. Dr. William Barbieri directed the defense, which is titled, "Transcendence in Resilient American POWs: A Narrative Analysis".

Dr. Jones Attended Museum Exhibition

Dr. Charles B. Jones attended the exhibition "Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism" at the San Antonio Museum of Art as a guest of the museum staff on July 26, 2017. The visit involved an individual guided tour of the artworks with the curator, Dr. Emily Sano, and academic exchange on the religious and artistic background of the pieces.

 

July 2017

Dr. Grabowski gave a keynote address

Dr. Grabwoski gave a keynote address at the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers (NACFLM) conference held at Catholic University's campus on July 25, 2017. The title of the presentation was "The Family's Role in the New Evangelization: The Theology of the Body, St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis." The presentation discussed the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis's teaching on the family in Amoris laetitia and elsewhere, the current pope's engagement of the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II, and the family's role in the New Evangelization in recent magisterial teaching.

Dr. David Cloutier served as a panel expert

Dr. David Cloutier served as an invited expert on a panel on "Laudato Si': Practical Strategies for Caring for God's Creation" at the USCCB national Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, FL, July 1-4. He discussed the practical importance of Pope Francis's concept of the technocratic praradigm and his spirituality of humility and simplicity.

Dr. Miller awarded Honor

Dr. Robert Miller, who has been on sabbatical in England since April, has been named a Life Member of St. John’s College at Cambridge University.

Dr. Pim Valkenberg Wins Award

Dr. Valkenberg won the Catholic Press Award for his book Nostra Aetate: Celebrating 50 Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims.

 

June 2017

Msgr. Clay and Fr. Witczak Attend International Ecumenical Dialogue Meeting

Msgr. Michael Clay, Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Studies, and Fr. Michael Witczak, Associate Professor, participated in the annual international ecumenical dialogue meeting between the Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, June 24-28. The topic for their five-year dialogue is Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist. Msgr. Clay and Fr. Witczak have been appointed for a five-year term by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as members of the Catholic team.

Dr. David Bosworth has published a blog post

Related to his participation in the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship and its focus on science and religion, Dr. David Bosworth has published a blog post "Why Is Western Parenting WEIRD?" The essay is an outgrowth of research related to his book Infant Weeping in Akkadian, Hebrew, and Greek Literature. Click for further details.

Fr. Studzinski Delivered a Paper

Fr. Raymond Studzinski, O.S.B., associate professor, delivered a paper entitled “Technologies of the Self in a Monastic Context” at the Monastic Symposium in Fabriano, Italy, commemorating the 750th Anniversary of the Death of St. Sylvester Guzzolini, the Founder of the Sylvestrine Congregation of Benedictines, on June 2, 2017.

Dr. Grabowski Keynote Address

Yesterday (June 11,2017) Dr. Grabowski gave the keynote address for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe's Family Life Appreciation Dinner. The presentation was entitled "The Challenge of Amoris laetitia for Marriage and Family Life Ministry" and it outlined key points of Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation for various kinds of both pre and post Cana marriage ministry.

Dr. Grabowski Published a New Book

Transformed in Christ: Essays on the Renewal of Moral Theology. Faith & Reason: Studies in Catholic Philosophy and Theology. Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2017. The book primarily collects previously published essays all of which respond to the directives for the renewal of moral theology given by the Council: engagement with scripture and the history of salvation, a focus on the human person revealed in Christ, and the universal call to holiness articulated in the language of virtue.

Luther Conference Marks the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

On May 30-June 1, STRS welcomed scholars and ministers from across the globe to Catholic University for the Luther Conference commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Drs. Michael Root and Nelson Minnich co-organized the conference which provided an opportunity for ecumenical dialogue among Catholic and Lutheran leaders. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, delivered the keynote address on the current state of Catholic-Lutheran relations while Dr. Wolfgang Thoenissen, director of the Mohler Institut at the University of Paderborn, provided an assessment of the Catholic interpretation of Luther throughout the centuries. Other prominent Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theologians from Europe and North America presented at the conference.

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented a lecture

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the lecture “Reorienting the Study of Chinese Pure Land Buddhism” at the International Institute of Asian Studies, University of Leiden in the Netherlands on May 31, 2017. On June 1, 2017, he participated in a doctoral dissertation defense at the University of Leiden.

Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Chieti Document

On 20 June 2017, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address on "Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue and the Chieti Document" at the Orientale Lumen Conference XXI in Washington DC. The theme of the conference was "Chieti and Crete: Two Historical Events".

 

May 2017

Academy of Catholic Theology Conference

Dr. John Grabowski attended the Academy of Catholic Theology conference that was held in Washington, DC from May 23-25. He was elected Vice President of the Academy for the coming year (2017-2018).

Msgr. Irwin Receives Book Award

The Catholic Press Association has announced that Msgr. Irwin's most recent book, A Commentary on LAUDATO SI, Background, Contributions, Implementation and Future Prospects (Paulist, 2016) was awarded second place in the Theology category in their annual assessment of Catholic publications. His other two most recent books were similarly honored. What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do, Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II received second place in the Liturgy category in 2014 and his book Sacraments, A Liturgical Theology received first place in the Liturgy category in 2016.

Msgr. Clay Attends Evangelization Conference for Academic Centers in Rome

Msgr. Michael Clay, clinical associate professor and associate dean of seminary and ministerial programs in STRS, represented the school at an international meeting of 17 academic centers offering degrees in evangelization sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization (PCPNE) on April 26-27. The meeting was the first of its kind held by the relatively new Council to understand how schools are training future leaders in evangelization and to explore specific issues of interest to the Council. Msgr. Clay, director of the evangelization concentration in the Doctor of Ministry degree program, provided an overview of the program which generated a lot of interest by the other academic centers and the PCPNE leaders.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti gives workshop in China

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, research associate professor in STRS, was invited and gave two workshops in China April 18-27. He first gave a four-day workshop to forty women religious and priests engaged in formation work. This was in the Hebei Province, near Beijing. He then traveled to Jinan, capitol of the Shandong Province, to give a two day workshop to 20 Catholic bishops. Both workshops were on the subject of human formation and celibate sexuality. The Church in China is desirous of increasing its human formation for both priests and religious. The workshops were a great success and Msgr Rossetti was invited to return.

Dr. Miller on the Road

Dr. Robert Miller is presenting several seminars while a Beaufort Overseas Visiting Scholar at St. John’s College, Cambridge, this spring. On Wednesday, May 3, he presented “Reconsidering the Kenite Hypothesis” in the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University. On Wednesday May 24 he will deliver the address, “Yahweh Comes from the South Revisited,” jointly sponsored by the Palestine Exploration Society and Kings College London. Monday, June 5, he will present “Yahweh's Southern Origins in the Light of the Archaeology of Midianite Religion” to the Oxford University Old Testament Seminar.

 

April 2017

Goines Defense

Beverly Goines, a Doctoral student in the Religion and Culture area, successfully defended her dissertation Tuesday, April 25th. Dr. William Dinges directed the defense, which is titled, "The Ecumenical Vision of the Black Church in the Theologies of Thomas Hoyt, Frederick Ware and Kortright Davis".

Niyitegeka Defense

Cyprien Niyitegeka, a Doctoral student in the Spirituality area, successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, April 21st. Rev. Raymond Studzinski directed the defense, which is titled, "The Metaphor of the Face in Therese of Liseux from the Philosophical Perspective of Emmanuel Levinas: Creating a Model for Contemporary Mission Spirituality".

Stravitsch Presentation

Christopher Stravitsch, a doctor of Ministry student in the Spirituality area, successfully presented his Treatise on Friday, April 21st. Susan Timoney directed the presentation, which is titled, "Marriage and the Spiritual Life: Deepening Marital Love through Ignatian Prayerful Conversations".

Turner Defense

Brandon Turner, a doctoral student in the Religion and Culture area, successfully defended his dissertation on Thursday, April 20th. Dr. Wilhelmus Valkenburg directed the dissertation, which is titled, "Most Religious” in Washington, DC: A Qualitative Study of Muslim American Religiosity".

Tomczyk Defense

Pawel Tomczyk, a doctoral student in the Moral Theology/Ethics area, successfully defended his dissertation on Thursday, April 20th. Dr. John Grabowski directed the dissertation, which is titled, "The Presence of Virtue Ethics in the Thought of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II".

Pullano Presentation

Domenico Pullano, a Doctor of Ministry student in the Spirituality area, successfully presented his treatise on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Rev. Raymond Studzinski directed the treatise, which is titled, "The Spiritual Formation of the Catholic Teacher".

Fr. Alexopoulos Published an article

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article "Puccio Capanna's Madonna and Child (ca. 1330) through Byzantine Eyes" in Orthodoxes Forum: Zeitschrift des Instituts für Orthodoxe Theologie der Universität München 30.2 (2017) 181-192.

Smith Defense

Elizabeth Smith, a doctoral student in the Systematic Theology area, successfully defended her dissertation on Tuesday, April 11th. Dr. Michael Root directed the dissertation, which is titled, "Ecclesiology and Ecumenism: Recent Anglican-Lutheran Agreements on Episcopacy from a Catholic Perspective".

Schafer Defense

Peter Schafer, a doctoral student in Catechetics defended his dissertation on Monday, April 10th. Sis. Margaret Scheiber directed the dissertation, which is titled, "Catechetical Service-Learning: Strengthening the Community Service Component of Catechesis Through the Application of Service-Learning Principles and Practices".

Fr. Alexopoulos led a retreat

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos led the Lenten retreat at St. Luke Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall PA on April 1. He offered two lectures, one on the Presanctified Liturgy and another on the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil.

Fr. Alexopoulos published an article and delivered two lectures

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article "Proskynesis" in the Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum, volume 28 (Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann, 2017) columns 360-372.

Rasmussen Defense

Angela C. Rasmussen, a doctoral student in the Biblical Studies area, successfully defended her dissertation on Tuesday, April 4th. Dr. David Bosworth directed the dissertation, which is titled, "The Book of Ruth for Children".

 

March 2017

Dr. Loewe delivered a paper

William Loewe delivered a paper entitled "Interfaith Christology? Dogmatic Prolegomena" at a conference entitled "Theology Without Borders" at the Berkley Center of Georgetown University on March 31.

Dr. Grabowski gave day long presentation

Dr. Grabowski gave an all day series of presentations for the diocese of Lansing (MI) on Saturday, March 25th. The day as a whole was entitled "What the Heck is Going On? Gender, Genesis, and the Theology of the Body." The presentations discussed specific lights and shadows facing the Church in its ministry to singles and families in the early 21st century. It provided an overview of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body and the way in which it can ground a response to some of these challenges. The final session considered the place of the Theology of the Body in the Ministry of Pope Francis and the way in which it can serve as tool for the New Evangelization.

Msgr McPartlan Delivers Third Paluch Lecture

On 29 March 2017, Msgr Paul McPartlan delivered the third and final of his Chester and Margaret Paluch Lectures this year at the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. Among the audience for the open lecture, entitled "Priesthood and the Deacon,", were a number of permanent deacons from the Archdiocese of Chicago. All three Paluch lectures will be published this Fall in Chicago Studies.

Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak Received an Award

Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies, has received the 2017 Award for Teaching Excellence from Now You Know Media, a publisher of audio and video courses on Catholic topics. Dr. Witczak's course Becoming a Catholic: The History and Practice of Initiation was published last year.

Dr. Dinges served as group facilitator

Dr. Dinges served as a group facilitator for Integrating Ecology into Curricula and Course Development as part of the Ecologically Informed Theological Education Symposium sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium and Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and held at Catholic University on March 16th.

Dr. Dinges presented a lecture at St. Mark's Catholic Parish

Dr. William Dinges presented a lecture on "Calling Catholics to Care for Creation: Some Whys and Hows" at St. Mark Catholic Parish in Vienna, VA on March 19th.

Gallagher Presentation

Paul Gallagher presented his Doctor of Ministry treatise on Wednesday, March 22nd. The project was directed by Rev. Richard DeLillio, and his treatise is titled "Making All Things New: A Health Transformation Retreat Using Principles of Ignatian Spirituality".

Dr. Miller Publishes Article

Dr. Robert Miller has published “The Witch at the Navel of the World,” in Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 129 (2017): 98-102, explaining why the biblical authors placed the Witch of Endor at the foot of Mount Tabor.

Rev. Dr. Heil Publishes Book on Worship in Matthew

The book is entitled The Gospel of Matthew: Worship in the Kingdom of Heaven and is published by Wipf & Stock under their Cascade Books imprint.

Msgr. Irwin Delivers Keynote Address

On March 16th at the Przbyla Center on campus Msgr. Kevin Irwin delivered the keynote address: “The Promise of LAUDATO SI for Theological Education” at the day long Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, the Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and the Green Seminary Initiative.

Makdisi Defense

John Makdisi, a doctoral student in the Systematics area, successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, March 17th. Dr. William Mattison directed the dissertation, which is titled, "The Object of the Moral Act: Understanding St. Thomas Aquinas Through the Work of Steven Long and Martin Rhonheimer".

Dr. Grabowski Coauthored publication

Janet E. Smith, John S. Grabowski, J. Budzinski, and Maria Fedoryka, "Self Gift: The Heart of Humane vitae," The National Bioethics Quarterly 16 (2016): 449-74. The essay sketches some of the main philosophical and theological lines of defense for the Church's teaching reaffirmed in Paul VI's 1968 encyclical, focusing on the idea of the conjugal act as a complete gift of self.

Msgr. Irwin Speaks at Sheen Center

On Monday March 13th Msgr. Irwin returned to his home archdiocese of New York to deliver a lecture on Pope Francis’ encyclical LAUDATO SI, On Cafe for Our Common Home: Background and Contributions. The Sheen Center is named after Archbishop Fulton Sheen and offers theatrical and musical programs as well as a series of lectures and panel discussions and theology and contemporary thought.

Dr. Miller Presented a lecture

Dr. Robert Miller presented a lecture on "Dragonslaying in Ancient Asia, the Bible, and the Band ‘Genesis’" at Temple University, Philadelphia, March 8, 2017.

Dr. Cloutier published an essay

Dr. David Cloutier published an essay as part of a cover feature in Commonweal magazine's March 10 Theology issue on "Gender and the Body," raising questions about transgenderism and the common good.

Dr. Dinges presented a lecture

Dr. William Dinges presented a lecture on "Calling Catholics to Care for Creation: Some Whys and Hows" for the Adult Faith Focus on Ethics Series at Georgetown's Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington DC., February 26th, 2017.

 

February 2017

Buracker Defense

William (BJ) Buracker defended his dissertation, "Abner Son of Ner: The Characterization and Contribution of King Saul's Chief General" on Tuesday, February 28th. The dissertation was directed by Dr. David Bosworth.

DePrinzio Defense

Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A., successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, February 24th. The dissertation, titled "Your Word Pierced My Heart, and I Fell in Love: Teresa of Avila's Reading of Augustine of Hippo's Confessions" was directed by Fr. Regis Armstrong, O.F.M.Cap.

Msgr McPartlan Delivers Second Paluch Lecture

Msgr Paul McPartlan, this year's Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer at the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, delivered the second in a series of three lectures at Mundelein on 22 Feb 2017. The lecture was entitled: "Synodality,Primacy and the Role of Theology".

Fr. DeLillio Receives Award

The Faculty and Seminarians of Theological College have chosen Dick DeLillio to receive the Rev. Gerald I. Brown PSS Award for Excellence in Pastoral Ministry. The award is in recognition for Dick’s assistance in the formation of seminarians through his preaching courses. The award ceremony is this Wednesday at Theological College and is presented during the annual Pastoral Supervisors’ Appreciation Vespers and Dinner. Congrats to Dick on this recognition during his Silver Jubilee of Priesthood!

Dr. Grabowski a Presentation to the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic leaders

On Saturday, February 18th Dr. Grabowski and his wife Claire gave a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Catholic leaders in Baltimore. The Presentation was entitled "The Impact of Familiaris consortio on the Ministry of Pope Francis." They sought to highlight significant areas of both continuity and development in the teaching of St. John Paul II and Pope Francis on the family, particularly in regard to marriage formation (pre and post Cana) and the understanding of family as a domestic church.

Carey Cash Presented DMin Treatise

Carey Cash, a Liturgical Catechesis student in the D.Min. program, presented his treatise, "Head, Heart and Feet: An Evangelizing Catechesis for the Military".

Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation on Theology of the Body

On February 9th Dr. Grabowski gave the presentation: "The Theology of the Body and the Challenges of the 21st Century." Presentation to Young Adults. St. Dominic Church, Washington DC. The presentation discussed the three major "revolutions" impacting the current understanding of relationships, marriage, and family (the Industrial Revolution, the Sexual revolution, and the Technology Explosion) and the relevance of John Paul II's catechesis on the body for responding to these challenges and the questions they raise.

Dr. Dinges Presentation

Dr. William Dinges presented a lecture on "'Nones': An Update" to the Paulist Evangelization Ministries seminarians/staff, Washington, D.C., February 8, 2017.

Fr. Witczak gave a presentation

Rev. Michael Witczak, SLD, Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, gave a presentation at Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Owings, MD, on Saturday, February 11, 2017, entitled "Ministering the Presence of Christ."

Dr. Jones presented 4 part lecture series

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the four-part lecture series “Understanding Religion” for the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C., January 17, 24, 31, and Feb. 7, 2017.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti gives lecture

As a consultant to the Papal Commission on the Protection of Minors, Msgr Stephen J Rossetti, Research Associate Professor in STRS, was asked to travel to Colombia to assist in their child protection efforts. January 24 to Feb 3, he gave six workshops in Bogota, Cali and Villavicencio to bishops, priests, religious and lay professionals engaged in the work of child protection. He also met with child protection officers and church leaders to discuss their efforts to date and offered suggestions for the future. He made the trip with Bishop Ali Herrera, Auxiliary Bishop of Bogota and a member of the Pontifical Commission. The visit was covered by the largest newspaper in the country, El Tiempo: Click above for more details

DePrinzio Defense

Kevin DePrinzio, O.S.A., successfully defended his dissertation on Friday, February 24th. The dissertation, titled "Your Word Pierced My Heart, and I Fell in Love: Teresa of Avila's Reading of Augustine of Hippo's Confessions" was directed by Fr. Regis Armstrong, O.F.M.Cap.

 

January 2017

Rev. Dr. Serra presented at NAAL Conference

Rev. Dr. Dominic Serra presented a paper at the North American Academy of Liturgy conference, “The Evolution of Roman Liturgical Books: New Questions for Andrieu, Vogel, and Chavasse.” The paper was presented to and discussed by two seminar groups of the Academy: the seminar on Problems in the Early History of the Liturgy and the seminar on Issues in Medieval Liturgy.

Msgr. Irwin Reappointed USCCB Consultor

Archbishop Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta and recently elected Chair of the USCCB Committee for Divine Worship,b has reappointed Msgr. Irwin as a Consultor to that committee. Msgr. Irwin held that position from 1992-95 and from 2004 to the present. This renewed three year appointment makes Msgr. Irwin the longest serving consultor to the Committee in its fifty year history.

Liturgy Area Hosted Guest Lecture

The Liturgical Studies Area had the honor to host Professor Harald Buchinger from the University of Regensburg on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Professor Buchinger offered a seminar to the Liturgy graduate students with the title: "Heortology in Transition: The Easter Cycle in the Late Antique East."

Fr. Alexopoulos Presented a Paper

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos presented the paper “Toward a History of Printed Liturgical Books in the Modern Greek State: An Initial Survey” (co-authored with Dionysios Bilalis Anatolikiotes) at the North American Academy of Liturgy Washington DC, January 7, 2017

Dr. Jones published new article

“Chinese Scholarship on Pure Land Buddhism in China,” in Mochizuki, Shinko. Pure Land Buddhism in China: A Doctrinal History. Richard K. Payne and Natalie Quli, eds. Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies Series. Berkeley and Honolulu: Institute of Buddhist Studies and the University Press of Hawai'i, 2016, p. 2:33-52.

Fr. Witczak Presented at the NAAL Conference

Fr. Michael Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, presented two paper at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), held January 5-8 at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown District of Columbia. He presented the paper "Evolving Theologies of Priesthood: The Private Prayers of the Priest in the Roman Missal of 1962 and 2002 - The Introductory Rites" to the seminar on Issues in Medieval Liturgy. In conjunction with former STRS adjunct faculty member, Dr. Katherine Harmon, he presented "Defining the Spirituality of the Liturgical Movement" to the seminar on Historical Research: Sixteenth Century to the Present. Fr. Witczak is a past president of the NAAL.

 

December 2016

Msgr. Irwin Publishes New Book

This week the Paulist Press released Msgr. Irwin's new book, a commentary on Pope Francis' encyclical LAUDATO SI. Chapter one situates the encyclical in the context of documents from the Roman Catholic papal magisterium on the environment from Vatican II to the present. This survey also includes documents from national episcopal conferences and representative texts from the Orthodox Church. Chapter two summarizes many of the points the Pope makes in the document, in particular where he advances on Catholic teaching. Chapter three argues a number of avenues for the continuing implementation of the encyclical: international, national, ecclesial and personal. This chapter also has specific suggestions about the reformed Roman Catholic liturgy in light of LAUDATO SI. The final chapter offers ideas and pathways forward beyond the encyclical.

Kelley D.Min. Presentation

Kathleen Kelley, a Doctor of Ministry student in the Pastoral Care & Counseling program, successfully presented her treatise on Friday, December 9th. The project, titled "A Catechetical Program for Roman Catholics in Twelve-Step Recovery," was directed by Msgr. Stephen Rossetti.

Jan Dolny Defended His Dissertation

STD Candidate Jan Dolny successfully defended his dissertation, "The Relationship between the Development of Doctrine and the Papal Office according to John Henry Newman and Vladimir Sergeyevich Soloviev". Dolny is a Systematics student and was directed by Rev. John Ford, C.S.C.

Daniel McClain Defense

Daniel McClain, doctoral candidate in Historical and Systematic Theology, successfully defended his dissertation on December 5, 2016. The dissertation, entitled "An Hexameral Reading of Bonaventure's Breviloquium," was directed by Dr. Joshua Benson.

Professor Emeritus Fr. Joseph Fitzmeyer, SJ Enters Eternal Life

Rev. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J., died peacefully the morning before Christmas at Manresa Hall, Merion Station, PA. He was 96. Please click above for the full obituary.

Locey DMin Presentation

Lois Locey successfully presented her Doctor of Ministry treatise on December 16, 2016. The treatise was directed by Rev. Richard DeLillio and is titled "Using the Secular Sciences to Increase Parishioner Participation and Engagement."

 

November 2016 

Tune Defense

Adam Tune successfully defended his dissertation, "When God's People Lie: A Psychological Examination of the Occurrences of Deception in Samuel-Kings."

Dean Morozowich Lectures on the 1946 Lviv Pseudo Synod and Liturgical Identity

On November 12th Fr. Mark Morozowich spoke at the LaSalle University sponsored conference entitled “Ecumenical Encounters between East and West. Catholicism and Orthodoxy in Ukraine.” His presentation "The Pseudo-Synod of 1946: Liturgical Implications and Identity" addressed the underlying ecumenical and liturgical issues of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church both internally and externally.

Dr. Jones presented a paper

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “A Re-examination of Ven. Taixu's Jiànshè rénjian jìngtu lùn (‘On the Establishment of the Pure Land in the Human Realm’)” at the International Conference “Implementation of Humanistic Buddhism in East Asia and South East Asia” held December 2-3, 2016 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Grabowski appointed as USCCB consultant

Dr. Grabowski has been appointed to another three year term as a theological consultant to the U.S,C..C.B.'s Committee on Laity ,Marriage, Family & Youth. This is the third time that he has served in this capacity. Consultants attend bi-annual meetings of the committee, advise bishop members on policy and pastoral initiatives, and assist in the production of teaching documents issued by the Conference.

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

The Biblical Area was well-represented at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. Four professors and four students presented papers. Click above for more information.

Dr. Miller has article published

Dr. Robert Miller has published “The Hebrew Bible’s Concept of Life,” in Communio Viatorum, vol. 57, no. 111 (2015 [sic]), pp. 223-39. This essay presents what Old Testament scholarship can contribute to the Science-and-Theology question of “What is life?”

Msgr. Clay Offers Conference on the Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Msgr. Michael Clay, Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Studies, offered a day-long conference to the priests and deacons of the Diocese of Richmond on November 11 on the recently revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony. The conference examined the expanded praenotanda, the revisions of the Order, and the new appendices.

Fr. Witczak Gave a Lecture

Fr. Michael Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies made a presentation on "The Order of Celebrating Matrimony: Perspectives on the New Translation" for the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Msgr. Irwin on the Road

Msgr. Kevin Irwin delivered two major addresses for the convocation of parish leaders in the Diocese of Spokane on Ocr. 14. They were entitled “The Life of the Liturgy” and “The Liturgy of Life.” On Saturday Oct. 2 he delivered the keynote address at a day for parish ministers at Holy Trinity Church in Dc entitled “The World as God’s Icon. The Sacramentality of Creation.” Because of his role as an appointed Consultor to the USCC Committee on Divine Worship he participated in their day long meeting in Baltimore on Nov. 13th

Dr. Miller published new book

Dr. Robert Miller has published Many Roads Lead Eastward: Overtures to Catholic Biblical Theology (Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2016). This book surveys ways in which biblical scholars have tried to make their scholarship of service to theology. The book is ideally a textbook for university or seminary courses.

Fr. Witczak Presented at a workshop

Fr. Michael Witczak presented a workshop, "Ministering the Presence of Christ," for liturgical ministers at Jesus the Divine Word Catholic Church, in Huntingtown, Maryland, on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Dr. Grabowski gave two plenary addresses

On November 5, 2016 Dr. Grabowski gave two plenary addresses to the National Association of Diaconate Directors Region 1 Conference in Newport, RI. These addresses provided a summary and overview of Amoris laetita as a whole and then focused on its implications for ministry to families as this pertains to priests, deacons, and lay ministers.

Grabowski gave a presentation on Amoris laetitia

On November 3, 2016 Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation entitled "The Challenge of Amoris laetitia for Marriage and family Life Ministry" at the U.S.C.C.B. Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Directors Orientation. The presentation offered some remarks about the document as a whole, its connection to the recent Synods on Family, and then a summary of chapter 6 and 8 of Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation.

Dr. Cloutier Lecture

Dr. Cloutier gave an invited public lecture November 1, on "The Vice of Luxury" at Creighton University in their Business, Faith, and the Common Good Institute's speaker series.

 

October

Dr. Cloutier lectured at St. Vincent College

Dr. David Cloutier was invited to give a lecture in the Theology Department Lecture Series on "The Problem of Luxury" at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, October 6. He also led a class session on his article "The Problem of Luxury in the Christian Life" the following day.

Dr. Jones has article published

Dr. Charles B. Jones has published “Creation and Causality in Chinese-Jesuit Polemical Literature,” in Philosophy East and West, vol. 66, no. 4 (Oct. 2016), p. 1251-1272. Click above for the article.

Fr. Alexopoulos Delivered two papers

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered a paper titled: "The Canonization of the Greek Martyrs of 1922: Is it a Novetly?" at the Sixth International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy held in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, September 15, 2016. The second paper was titled: "The Gospel Narrative in Byzantine Liturgy" at the Seventh East-West Symposium of New Testament Scholars with the theme "History and Theology in the Gospel Narratives" in Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2016.

Fr. Alexopoulos Delivers Talk

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered a talk titled: "The Armenian Martyrs of 1915: Pastoral Implications for Today" at the Armenian Seminary, Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia, on September 13, 2016.

Dr. Minnich will be attending an international conference hosted by Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences

The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences promotes an International Conference to be held at the Pontifical Lateran University, on 12-14 October 2016 entitled: "Finding solutions. New light on the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-1517). " Simultaneous translation will be available in French, English and Italian. Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 17:30, at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, there will offer also a concert of Corradiana Music Chapel of the Cathedral of Molfetta, on the theme "Sacred Roman Polyphony by the Fifth Lateran Council of Trent." Click above for more details

Msgr. Rossetti named Consultant to Papal Commission

Msgr Stephen J Rossetti PhD DMin, research associate professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies has been officially named a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Msgr. Rossetti has long ministered as an advocate for the protection of minors including conducting research, publishing articles and books, and giving workshops around the world on best practices, He has been a consultant to the USCCB on this issue for several years and helped to draft and later amend the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (the “Dallas Charter”).

Msgr McPartlan Interviewed on the Chieti Document

Msgr Paul McPartlan has been interviewed by the Aleteia website about the agreed statement on 'Synodality and Primacy in the First Millennium' (the Chieti Document) recently agreed by the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Click above for more details and to read the interview

 

Fr. Alexopoulos was a conference key note speaker

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos was the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Federation of Orthodox Church Musicians held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD, October 27-30, 2016. His keynote address was titled: Hymnology, Music and the Liturgy.

Msgr McPartlan Publishes Article on WCC Document

Msgr Paul McPartlan has published an article entitled, "The Church - Towards a Common Vision: A Roman Catholic Response," Ecclesiology12(2016), pp.298-315, commenting on the 2013 convergence document on ecclesiology produced by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

Dr. Grabowski gave a convocation to the priests of the diocese of Richmond

On October 17-19 Dr. Grabowski gave a convocation to the priests of the diocese of Richmond in Staunton, VA. The days focused on developments in recent Catholic teaching theology regarding marriage, family, sexuality, and carding for persons at the end of life. Specific topics of the presentations which he gave during these days included: Emerging Challenges to Marriage and the Family, Family in the Ministry of Pope Francis: Reflections from the Synod Amoris laetitia, New Trends in Catholic Sexual Teaching: Human Fertility as a Case Study, Catholic Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction and Relationships, and Moral Issues at the End of Life.

CUA Professors in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

From 20-22 October 2016, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and Fr Joseph Komonchak (emeritus professor) participated in a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation in Baltimore. Msgr McPartlan gave a presentation on the Chieti Document, recently approved by the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. Click above for more details.

Dr. Miller delivered latest paper

Dr. Robert Miller delivered a paper entitled: "Baal, St. George, and Khidr: Dynamics of the Longue durée" in the Belief Narratives Network section of the at the Quadrennial Meeting of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research held in Miami, October 21, 2016.

Msgr McPartlan Delivers Paluch Lecture at Mundelein

On 19 October 2016, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave the first of the three Chester and Margaret Paluch Lectures that he will deliver at the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary during the course of the 2016-17 academic year. The title was "Dei Verbum at the Heart of Vatican II".

 September

Msgr McPartlan to be Paluch Lecturer in 2016-17

Msgr Paul McPartlan is to be the 2016-17 Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer at the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. In that capacity, he will deliver three lectures on the theme, '"A Sure Compass": The Continuing Reception of Vatican II', during the course of the present academic year.

Fr. Witczak publishes new course

Fr. Witczak recently published a new course in three formats, audio CD and audio MP3 and video DVD: Becoming a Catholic: The History and Practice of Initiation (Bethesda, MD: Now Your Know Media, 2016). Click above for more information.

Msgr. Irwin Attends Meetings in Rome Regarding Faith and Ecology

In conjunction with the AAAS grant on Science in Seminaries Msgr. Irwin is presently attending the XIII meeting of University Professors in Rome co-sponsored by the Congregation for Catholic Education and Sapienza University. Click above for more details.

New Essay from Fr. Ford has been published

Fr. Ford's newest essay, "Ecumenical Ecology and Ecological Ecumenism: Reflections on the Encyclicals of Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis," appeared in Ecumenical Trends 45/8 (September 2016)" 1-6,15.

Dr. Miller on Oral Tradition and the Psalms

Dr. Miller's paper, "Ritual Performance of Hebrew Mythic Psalms," was presented September 2 at the "Orality and Narration: Performance and Mythic-Ritual Poetics" Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World XII Conference in Switzerland, at Puidoux near Lausanne.

Msgr. Clay Presents Conference on the Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Msgr. Michael Clay, Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Studies, offered a day-long conference to the priests of the Diocese of Raleigh on August 30 on the recently revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony. The conference examined the expanded Praenotanda, the revisions to the Order, and the new appendices.

  • Essay written by Dr. Grabowski on same-sex attraction recently published

    "Not Just Love: The Anthropological Assumptions of Catholic Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction and Activity," in Justice through Diversity: A Philosophical and Theological Debate, ed. Michael J. Sweeney, pp. 615-38. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. Click above for more details.

  • Dr. Grabowski gave keynote address

    On Saturday, September 24 Dr. Grabowski presented a keynote address at the Theology of the Body Institute International Congress in Ontario, CA entitled "Discerning the Body: The Place of the Theology of the Body in the Ministry of Pope Francis"--This presentation engaged the view of some commentators and pundits which holds that Pope Francis is not deeply interested in marriage, the family, or the Theology of the Body of his predecessor St. John Paul II. This presentation challenged those views and showed the deep continuity between the two pontiffs as revealed in the recent Synods on family and the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.

  • Dr. Grabowski led study days for the faculty of St. Meinrad Archabbey

    On September 22 and 23, Dr. Grabwoski led study days on topics such as 1)" Pope Francis, Family and Evangelization: An Interpretation" 2) "Amoris laetitia: Overview and Some specific Issues" and 3) "Forming Families and those Who Minister to Them (marriage & seminary formation)". Click above for more details.

  • Dr. Christopher Ruddy presented papers at Fairfield University

    Christopher Ruddy was one of thirty participants at "The Future of Catholic Systematic Theology in the Northern Hemisphere" conference, held at Fairfield University, September 9th-11th. He delivered one of five invited papers, "Systematic Theology and Generational Change; The Anxiety of Influence."

  • Local Parish hosts lecture on Creation by Dr. Miller

    On September 18 and 25, Dr. Robert Miller lectured on “The Grand Pattern of Genesis 1” and “Genesis 2 on Human Nature” for the Sunday Forums series at St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish, Washington, DC. Shawn Stroud, TRS doctoral student in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology, is Assistant Priest at the parish.

  • Msgr McPartlan Participates in New Catholic-Orthodox Agreement

    From 15-22 September 2016, Msgr Paul McPartlan participated in the latest plenary meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, held at Francavilla al Mare, in the Diocese of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. Click above for more details.

  • New Book from Dr. Wessel

    Dr. Susan Wessel's newest book Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity, Cambridge University Press 2016 has recently been published.

  • Voiles Defense

    Gregory D. Voiles successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled "The Shape of Spiritual Direction in the Mystical Theology of Jan van Ruusbroec" on September 19, 2016.

  • August

    VOA interviews Fr. Witczak

    Voice of America (VOA) Interviewed Fr. Witczak about Mother Theresa and her upcoming canonization. Click above for the link to the article and video.

    Integrating Science in Theology. Dr. Bosworth's newest blog post

    Dr. Bosworth, a Sinai and Synapses Fellow, wrote a blog post about how ministers can bring science to their theology that originated from his presentation for a faculty retreat for the Science for Seminaries grant. Click above for links.

    New Edited Volume published by Dr. Miller

    Robert Miller has published an edited volume, Between Israelite Religion and Old Testament Theology: Essays on Archaeology, History, and Hermeneutics (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology 80; Leuven: Peeters, 2016). In this volume of collected essays, Dr. Miller contributed "Iron Age Medicine Men and Old Testament Theology.”

    Dr. Bosworth presented a paper

    Dr. Bosworth presented a paper “Infant Weeping in Hebrew and Greek Infant Abandonment Stories” at the Catholic Biblical Association.

    Dr. Bosworth’s new book.

    Dr. Bosworth’s new book Infant Weeping in Akkadian, Hebrew, and Greek Literature has been published

    Dr. Bosworth Science for Seminaries retreat

    Dr. Bosworth attended the "Science for Seminaries" retreat in Newagen, Maine and presented three talks about CUA's experience of the "Science for Seminaries" grant for Catholic and Orthodox seminary faculty interested in incorporating science into their courses.

    Fr. Ford Conference

    At the annual conference of the Newman Association of America, the following people from STRS gave presentations: Lisa Adams (Ph.D. candidate, Historical Theology): "What Newman meant by 'Rhetoric'"; Carlos Taja (Ph.D. candidate, Systematic Theology): "Newman's Epistemology of Faith and Revelation"; John Ford c.s.c. "Newman Trivia: Family and Friends."

    Fr. Ford Review Essay

    Fr. Ford's review-essay "Newman on Vatican II" was published in Newman Studies Journal 13/1 (Spring 2016): 80-87.

     July

    Dr. Grabowski Plenary Address

    Last Friday (July 22) Dr. Grabowski gave a plenary address at the Courage Conference which was held on CUA's campus entitled "Create in Me a Clean Heart: The Perils of Pornography." The presentation discussed and amplified ideas in the recent pastoral statement of the USCCB on the moral evil of pornography, its impact on persons and society, and how the Christian community is called to respond to pornography use or addiction among its members.

    Dr. Grabowski Presentation

    Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation at Symposium "Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence" meeting on our campus. The presentation was entitled "Church Teaching on Marriage, Domestic Abuse and Violence." It provided an overview of resources in scripture and catholic tradition to understand the moral evil of domestic violence and the way these resources are being brought to bear on it in recent magisterial teaching.

     June

    Dr. Jones Paper Presentation

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Master Sheng-yen’s Pure Land Teachings: Synthesizing the Traditional and the Modern” at the 6th International Sheng Yen Buddhist Conference “Chinese Buddhism and Master Sheng Yen in the Contexts of Modernity and the Buddhist Historical Imagination” in Taipei, Taiwan July 1, 2016.

    Dr. Grabowski Presentation

    On June 25 Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation to Archbishop Chaput and the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the topic of "Emerging Challenges to Marriage and the Family." The presentation examined the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the Sexual revolution, and the explosion of technology on marriage as well as specific challenges and opportunities facing the Church in its ministry to couples and families

    International Theological Dialogue

    Msgr. Michael Clay and Fr. Michael Witczak both participated in the fourth session of the fifth phase of the Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue. Click above for more details.

    Fr. Ford Presentation

    Fr. Ford gave a presentation "Ecumenical Ecology and Ecological Ecumenism: the encyclicals of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew" at the Orientale Lumen XX conference in Washington, DC, June 21-24.

    Dr. Valkenberg Article

    The article "God(s) of Abraham Sibling rivalry between two faiths" written by Dr. Valkenberg was published in the Christian Century. Click above to see the article link.

    Dr. Jones gave a presentation

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the talk “The Pedagogy of Chinese Sutra Translation” at the conference “Sutra Transmission and Translation” hosted by the Dunhuang Research Institute and the Woodenfish Foundation at Dunhuang, China on June 16, 2016.

    Msgr McPartlan teaches Communion Ecclesiology at Mount Angel

    From 13-17 June 2016, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave an intensive course on 'Communion Ecclesiology Today' at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. This was the inaugural course of the new Doctor in Ministry (DMin) program at Mount Angel.

    Dr. Valkenberg Book Interview

    Dr. Valkenberg was interviewed by Dr. Joseph Preville and Julie Harbin about his new book “Nostra Aetate: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Catholic Church’s Dialogue with Jews and Muslims.”

    Fr. Ford Served as Moderator

    John Ford c.s.c. served as the moderator for the session, Newman and the Crisis of Modernity, at the convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, in San Juan Puerto Rico (June 9-12).

    Dr. Cloutier Receives Book Award

    New Faculty member Dr. David Cloutier received the third place award in social ethics at the CPA awards for his book, Vice of Luxury.

    Msgr. Irwin Book

    Msgr. Iriwn's latest book THE SACRAMENTS: Historical Precedents and Liturgical Theology received the first place book award in the Liturgy category from the Catholic Press Association as announced at their annual meeting in St. Louis this last weekend.

    Dr. Capizzi Article

    Dr. Capizzi wrote an article discussing if private vice can produce public virtue. The article is posted on Big Questions Online. Click above to view the article.

    May

    STRS Proudly Graduates 64 Students

    On Saturday, May 14th, the School of Theology and Religious Studies distributed degrees to 64 of its undergraduate and graduate students.

    Dr. Grabowski Presentation

    Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation at the Academy of Catholic Theology Conference on May 25th: "Family in the Ministry of Pope Francis: Reflections from the Synod." The presentation related some of my own experience as an adiutor at the Synod, offered an interpretation of the purpose of the Synod in the light of Pope Francis's ministry and Amoris laetitia, and identified some critical theological and pastoral issues facing the Church in the aftermath of the Synods and the Apostolic Exhortation.

    Dr. Jones Presentation

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the lecture "How Did Zen Become Zen" for the Smithsonian Associates, Washington D.C., on May 24, 2016.

    Dr. Grabowski Keynote

    Dr. Grabowski gave the keynote address for the Archdiocese of Washington's Priests Convocation. The title was:    " 'Pastors Who Take on the Smell of Their Sheep': Priestly Accompaniment of Families in Light of Amoris laetitia."

    Dr. Miller Article

    Robert Miller has published an article, "Iconographic Links between Indic and Ancient West Asian Storm Gods" in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft 166 (2016): 141-52.

    Fr. Alexopoulos Lecture

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos offered a series of lectures titled "The Power of Worship: Insights from Liturgical History, Liturgical Theology and Liturgical Anthropology” at the Annual Lenten Retreat of the Order of St. Andrew of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the Hamptons, NY, April 15-16, 2016.

    April

    Updated Tracking Sheets

    Upon review of the Rector's Handbook and the three recently approved tracking sheets, it appears that the Introduction to Patristic Theology course is a degree requirement of the S.T.B. and by extension, the Joint S.T.B./M.Div. program. It is not a degree requirement for those who are only pursuing the M. Div. degree. For more information, follow the link.

    Fr. Alexopoulos Lecture

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos lectured on the topic “The Hymns of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy: History and Practice” at the Church Music Institute (Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston), Brookline, MA, April 9, 2016.

    Msgr. Irwin Activities

    On Wednesday April 6 the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at Sant Anselmo (Rome) hosted a book launch for Msgr. Irwin's latest book, The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. On Tuesday April 19 Msgr. Irwin presented a paper at the International Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue (Malines) group. Click above to view more details

    Msgr. McPartlan Interviewed on NPR

    The NPR program, "All Things Considered", on Sunday 10 April contained an interview with Msgr Paul McPartlan on Catholic-Orthodox relations in light of the planned visit of Pope Francis to the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday 15 April, where, together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens he will highlight the plight of refugees and migrants.

    Crowell Defense

    Mr. Trevor Crowell presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday April 18, 2016. His disseration is titled, "The Biblical Homilies of Ephraem Graecus"

    Agbagwa Defense

    Mr. Godswill Uchenna Agbagwa presented his dissertation for the Degree of Sacred Theology, Moday, April 18, 2016. His Disseratation is titled, " Towards Situating Solidarity in the Thomistic Understanding of Virtue."

    King Defense

    Mr. Lawrence Jerome King presented his dissertation for the Degree of Philosophy on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. His dissertation is titled, " The Authoritative Weight of Non-Definitive Magisterial Teaching ."

    Martin Defense

    Mr. Matthew Martin presented his dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, April 21, 2016. His dissertation is titled, "The Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel Commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas: Historical, Eccleiological and Eschatological Dimensions."

    Radice Defense

    Ms. Lindsay Radice presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Her disseration titled "A Mutiple Case Study Investigation into the Instructional Methodologies utilized by Catholic School Religion Teachers to Implement the 'Doctrinal Elements of Curriculum Framework for Young People of High School Age'".

    Beldio Defense

    Mr. Patrick Beldio presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 22, 2016. His dissertation is titled "Art and Beauty, Opposition and Growth, in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram".

    DeCelles Defense

    Mr. Mark DeCelles presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 22, 2016. His dissertation is titled "The Faithfulness of God in the Theology of Walter Kasper".

    Dr. Gregory Article

    Bradley Gregory has published an article, "Vice and Virtue in the Moral Vision of the Latin of Sirach" in Biblica 97 (2016): 41-61.

    Saarinen Defense

    Mr. Tapani Saarinen successfully defended his dissertation on Wednesday, April 27th. His dissertation is titled, "The Christian, the Church, and Causes of War: A Systematic Analysis of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Call to Just Peace".

    Wise Defense

    Mr. Joshua Wise presented his dissertation on Thursday, April 28th. His dissertation titled, "The Role of Hell in Various Universalistic Theologies with Special Reference to the Theology of George MacDonald".

    Msgr. Clay R.C.I.A Presentations

    Msgr. Clay Offers R.C.I.A. Presentations at Conference Sponsored by the Diocese of Lafayette

    Dr. Miller Book

    Robert Miller has published an edited volume, The Highest Form of Wisdom: A Memorial Book in Honor of Professor Saul S. Friedman (New York: Ktav, 2016). In this volume of collected essays, Dr. Miller contributed "God and the Asiatic Mode of Production."

    March

    Msgr. Clay Leads Parish Staff Retreat

    Msgr. Clay led a retreat for the parish staff of All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead, NC on Friday, March 4.  The retreat focused on spiritual and pastoral strategies for evangelization.

    Msgr. Clay Makes Presentation for Year of Mercy Lecture Series

    Msgr. Clay spoke at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond, VA on Monday, March 7, as part of its Year of Mercy Lecture Series.  His presentation, the third in the series, was "God's Mercy and Forgiveness in the Sacraments."

    Michael Wimsatt Defense

    Rev. Michael Wimsatt successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, March 18 at 10:00 am. His dissertation is titled "Ecclesial Themes in the Mediterranean Writings of John Henry Newman (December 1832 - July 1833)".

    Fr. Heil on the Gospel of John

    Fr. Heil made a presentation entitled "Worship in the Gospel of John" at the regional meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association that took place at the Dominican House of Studies on March 19.

    Lantigua Article

    Dr. Lantigua wrote an article "The Image of God, Christian Rights Talk, and the School of Salamanca," Journal of Law and Religion 31, no. 1 (March 2016): 19-41.

    Dr. Grabowski published an article

    John S. Grabowski and Christopher Gross, "An Analysis of GSUSA's Policy of Serving Transgender Youth: Implications for Catholic Practice" Journal of Moral Theology 5:1 (2016): 86-110.

    Msgr McPartlan on Primacy in the Church

    Msgr Paul McPartlan has a paper entitled 'Primacy and Eucharist: Recent Catholic Perspectives' in the recently published volume, John Chryssavgis, ed., Primacy in the Church: The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils (Yonkers NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2016), vol.1, pp.217-236.

    Fr. Ford Essay

    Publication of Fr. Ford Essay: "Vatican II's Decree on Ecumenism at Age Fifty: An Exhausted Inheritance or a Living Legacy" Ecumenical Trends 45/3 (March 2016): 1-7, 15.

     

     

    February

    Dr. Gregory Published an Article

    Bradley Gregory has published an article, "Isaiah 14 (LXX) as Narrative Template for Antiochus IV in 2 Maccabees 9" in The Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies.

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered the paper

    "The Power of the Word: Preaching and Iconography in a Greek Orthodox Church” at the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, Washington, DC, February 4, 2016

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article

    “When a Column Speaks: The Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon” in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 69 (2015) pages 159-178.

    Recinella Defense

    Ms. Therese Recinella presented her treatise for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Thursday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. Her treatise is titled, “Lectio Divina: A Spiritual Practice for for Lay Volunteer Catechetics."

    Annual Dearden Lecture

    The Dearden lecture honors the late archbishop of Detroit who was known for his work to implement the teachings of Vatican II in the United States. This annual lecture is supported by a fund established for the purpose of implementation in 1982 by a number of American bishops, who wished to honor Cardinal John Dearden, archbishop of Detroit (1958-80), for his erudition, wisdom, and leadership of the Church in the United States.

    Dr. Grabowski spoke on "Family and the New Evangelization: Pope Francis and the Synods"

    On February 4, 2016 Dr. Grabowski spoke on "Family and the New Evangelization: Pope Francis and the Synods" at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. The presentation examined Pope Francis' s vision for the the role of families within the New Evangelization and how the recent Synods fit into it. Particular attention was devoted to the formation of families in this evangelizing effort.

    Dr. Grabowski spoke at CUA on Tap

    On February 11, 2916 Dr. Grabowski and his wife spoke at CUA on Tap sponsored by Campus Ministry on campus. They spoke on "Christian Marriage: Understanding, Living It. and Preparing for It." The presentation examined marriage as a covenant and a sacrament in the Church's teaching and in the experience of couples who seek to live it. It also looked at challenges facing college students pondering their future vocations and how to overcome them.

    Dr. Grabowski speaks at St. Francis Church

    On February 12,2016 my wife Claire and I spoke at St. Francis Church in Derwood, MD on "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage as the Domestic Church" The presentation discussed the threefold offices of Christ as priest, prophet, and king as lived out by a couple in their life together and their vocation as parents.

    Dr. Grabowski published an article

    John S. Grabowski and Christopher Gross, "An Analysis of GSUSA's Policy of Serving Transgender Youth: Implications for Catholic Practice" Journal of Moral Theology 5:1 (2016): 86-110.

     January

    Fr. Alexopoulos delivered a paper

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered the paper "Anamnesis, Epiclesis and Mimesis in the Minor Hours of the Byzantine Rite" at the 2016 North American Academy of Liturgy Conference (Houston, January 7-10).

    Msgr. Irwin Launches New Book

    Paulist Press hosted a reception for over one hundred and fifty people at the North American Academy of Liturgy meeting in Houston on January 8th to launch Msgr. Irwin's new book SACRAMENTS: Historical Precedents and Liturgical Theology.

    Fr. Alexopoulos published an article

    Fr. Alexopoulos published article Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article "The Office of the Royal Hours" in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 686-701 [in Greek].

    Dr. Jones Presented a Paper

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Western Pure Land, Mind-Only Pure Land, or Humanistic Pure Land: Intersections in Practice and Social Action” at the conference “Humanistic Pure Land and Amitabha Pure Land”

    New Edition of Msgr McPartlan's Book on Primacy

    In January 2016, CUA Press published a new edition of Msgr Paul McPartlan's book, A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist, and Church Unity, with a new Postscript taking account of developments regarding primacy and Catholic-Orthodox relations during the pontificate of Pope Francis.

    Fr. Alexopoulos Gives Presentation

    On January 19, Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, together with Prof. Stig-SymeonFrøyshov from the University of Oslo, presented at Dumbarton Oaks (Byzantine Studies Program) on the history, implementation, and publications of the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts (CBM) Project. For the project, see http://www.pthu.nl/cbm/

    Fr. Witczak Presented a Paper

    Associate Professor Rev. Dr. Michael G. Witczak presented a paper to the seminar on Issues in Medieval Liturgy at the North American Academy of Liturgy held in Houston in January, entitled "Alcuin and the Liturgy: The Testimony of His Lives of Saints."

    Msgr. Irwin Lecture

    Msgr. Irwin delivered the Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on January 27. Among those attending were STRS alums Dr. Gary Culpepper, Chair of the Theology Dept, Rev. Gabriel Pivarnik O. P. Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Rev. James Sabak, O. F. M. Assistant Professor of Theology.

    Dr. Grabowski Presentation

    On Thursday, January 28th I presented "Inside the Synod on Family: What Happened and What Does It Mean?" The presentation was sponsored by the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. The presentation discussed the events of the 2015 Synod, it's place within the pontificate of pope Francis, and its significance for the Church in its current ministry to families.

    Msgr McPartlan Speaking in Bari, Italy, on Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

    Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address on 'Synodality and Primacy in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

    Fr. Alexopoulos Lectures

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos was invited by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese over the weekend of January 30-31 to New York to deliver two lectures on the occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom) - also known as Greek Letters Day.

    STRS ranked among the top North American Seminaries

    The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies is highlighted among the top 25 of 231 seminaries that were surveyed according to the Report on Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries

    Fr. Heil Book

    Fr. Heil Wrote a New Book on the Gospel of John

    Rev. Dennis Edwards

    Rev. Dennis Edwards, an alumnus of the School of Theology & Religious Studies received an honorary degree.

    December

    Ralph Defense

    Ralph Defense Ms. Allison Ralph presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Her dissertation is titled, “Metaphors of Sickness and the Social Body in the Constantinian Era.”

    Dr Grabowski presented at St. Ignatius Church

    On December 7, 2015, Dr Grabowski gave a presentation entitled “The Synod on Family—What Really Happened and What Does It Mean” at St. Ignatius Church in Ijamsville, MD. The presentation dealt with the nature of synods, the two recent synods on family in light of Pope Francis’s call for a “synodal Church” and his pontificate as a whole, considered critical theological questions facing the Church in the aftermath of these event. Particular attention was devoted to the implantation of the Synod’s vision on the parish level.

    Dr Grabowski lectured at the Thomas More Society, Wilmington, DE

    On December 10, 2015 Dr Grabowski presented “Pope Francis, the Synods, and the Family: Seeing the Big Picture” at a lecture sponsored by the Thomas More Society of the diocese of Wilmington, DE. This presentation also discussed the 2015 Synod on Family in relation to the pontificate of Pope Francis and highlighted unresolved theological questions in its wake. This discussion focused in particular on the Church’s outreach to the divorced and remarried and the significance of the recent reforms of the annulment procedure.

    DelMonico Defense

    Mr. Marc DelMonico presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctors of Philosophy on Friday, December 11, 2015, at 2:00p.m. in Caldwell 125. His dissertation is titled, "Communication, Communion and Conflict in the Theologies of Gregory Baum and Patrick Granfield."

    Evans defense

    Mr. Joshua Evans presented his degree for the Doctors of Philosphy on Friday, December 11, 2015. His dissertation is titled, “Augustine's Unfinished Work Against Julian: The Ancient and Contemporary Dispute Over Concupiscence.”

    Jenislawski Defense

    Mr. Eric Jenislawski presented his degree for the Doctors of Philosphy on Friday, December 11, 2015. His dissertation is titled, “A Comparative Study of the Hermeneutics of Henri de Lubac and Hans-Georg Gadamer.”

    Fr. Ford Fellowship

    The Newman Association of America has established "The Rev. John T. Ford C.S.C. Conference Fellowship" for young scholars to attend the annual Newman conference.

    Fr. Ford Article

    Fr. Ford published an article "John Henry Newman: A Short Introduction to his Writings" appeared in Newman Studies Journal 12/2 (Fall 2015): 32-44.

    Dr. Bosworth published an artice

    Dr. David Bosworth published the article "Ancient Prayer and the Psychology of Religion: Deities as Parental Figures" in the current issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature 134 (2015) 681-700.

    November

    Fr. Ford: Junipero Serra

    Rev. John T. Ford c.s.c. gave a presentation, "Junípero Serra: ¿un santo para nuestro tiempo?" at the Día Catequético, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, at Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland, on November 8.

    Dr. Grabowski lecture

    On November 12, 2015 I delivered the annual Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community lecture at the Pontifical College Josephinum

    Msgr McPartlan Interview

    On Monday 16 November 2015, Msgr McPartlan was interviewed by Catholic News Agency/EWTN News with regard to some comments made the previous day by Pope Francis

    Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting

    The Biblical Studies Area was well-represented at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta November 21-24.

  • Harmon Defense

    Ms. Tera Harmon presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctors of Philosophy on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 11:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. Her dissertation is titled,"Motion And Anthropology In The Writings Of Gregory Of Nyssa."

  • Dr. Jones published an Article

    Dr. Charles B. Jones has published “The Pure Land in the History of Chinese Buddhism,” in The Buddhist World. ed. John Powers. London: Routledge, 2015, p. 219-234.

    Msgr. McPartlan Catholic Orthodox event

    Msgr McPartlan in Joint Catholic-Orthodox Event at the University of St Thomas

     Rev. John T. Ford c.s.c. gave a presentation

    Fr. Ford gave a presentation: "Junípero Serra: ¿un santo para nuestro tiempo?" at the Día Catequético, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, at Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland, on November 8.

     October

     Two of Msgr McPartlan's Books Translated

    Translations of two of Msgr Paul McPartlan's books were published during Summer 2015.

     Msgr. McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    Msgr. Paul McPartlan took part in a meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the international Catholic-Orthodox theological dialogue in Rome

     Dr. William Dinges Participates as a Speaker in Two Events

    Dr. William Dinges was a participant/respondent at the Australian Catholic University Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry International Research Seminar on Laudato Si’ and Dr. Dinges was also a guest speaker.

     Dr. Bosworth published an article in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

    David Bosworth published an article "Weeping in Recognition Scenes in Genesis and the Odyssey"

     Dr. Grabowski served as expert at General Synod

    John Grabowski served as an expert (adiutor) at the 14th General Synod of Bishops 

      Dr. David Lantigua has published an article in Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of Scripture

    Dr. David Lantigua has published the article, “War and the Ethics of Evangelization: The Great Commission in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Political Thought,” 

     Dr. Pecknold wrote a National Review Article

    Dr. Chad Pecknold wrote an article for the National Review entitled "Liberal Pharisees in the Catholic Church" Click here to read the article. 

     Msgr. Irwin Lectures

    Msgr. Irwin delivered an address on “Pope Francis’ Teaching on the Environment” to the School for World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

     Msgr. Clay Publishes Article on Parish Evangelization

    The Article is entitled "Making Evangelization a Parish Priority:  A Pastor's Observations"  in Pastoral Liturgy

     Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Mysterium Fidei

    Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address at the National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

     STRS Professors at 50th Anniversary Ecumenical Meeting

    Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor Fr Joseph Komonchak took part in a special meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

     Fr. Ford- "Pope Francis and the Latino Community"

    Rev. John Ford participated in a Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program: "Pope Francis and the Latino Community with Dr. Sandra Barrueco (Psychology) and Dr. Stephanie Pridgeon (Modern Languages) at Catholic University on October 28.

     Msgr. Clay preaches for Diocesan Red Mass

    Msgr. Michael Clay, Pastoral Studies area director, offered the homily for the annual Diocesan Red Mass on October 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC.  This annual Mass is celebrated to pray and express gratitude for those serving in the legal and judicial professions in North Carolina. Participants included judges, lawyers, legal assistants, law school professors, and law students.

     

     Msgr Stephen J Rossetti Receives SLI Award

    Msgr Stephen Rossetti received the 2015 St Luke Award at the Apostolic Nunciature on
    Monday Oct 19th.

     Fr. Ford - "Newman in the English-Speaking World" 

    On Friday, October 9, Fr. Ford gave a presentation on "Newman in the English-speaking world" at the Coloquio Internacional: "John Henry Newman y los desafíos contemporáneos" at the Guadalajara campus of the Universidad Panamericana (México) and was homilist at the concluding liturgy on October 10.

     

      North American Academy of Liturgy Meeting

    The Liturgical Studies Area hosted an informal meeting of the local members of the North American Academy of Liturgy on Monday, October 19. The main speaker was Fr. Dominic Serra who spoke on the use of Scripture in the Roman Euchology. The meeting concluded with a small reception.

     Fr. Alexopoulos - "The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour:History and Theology"

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published an article titled “The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour: History and Theology” [in Greek] in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 480—496.

     

    September

     

     Daniel Klimek Dissertation Defense

    This dissertation will seek to explore the neuroscientific and medical studies performed on the Medjugorje visionaries, and analyze what hermeneutical contributions they make to debates on mysticism and religious experiences.

     Dr. Born in Forbes Discussing Baby Boommers and Pope Francis

    Dr. Born discusses Boomer Catholics and changes in their religiosity while also addressing the impact (if any) Francis may have on Boomers’ return to the Church.

     Dr. Christopher Born Interviews with The Washington Post

    Dr. Born discusses American Catholicism and how Pope Francis is being received by American Catholics.

     Dr. Bosworth Participating in the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship

    Dr. David Bosworth has been selected to participate in the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship

     Dr. Grabowski Presents at the Diocese of Harrisburg 2015 Education Conference

    "Forming Families for the New Evangelization:  The Task of Catholic Education."  Keynote address for the Diocese of Harrisburg 2015 education conference. 

     Dr. John Grabowski Publishes an Essay

    Dr. Grabowski publishes “Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience.” 

     

     Dr. John Grabowski Publishes an Essay

    Dr. Grabowski publishes “Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience.”

     Dr. John Grabowski Participates in Panel Discussion at the Washington Theological Consortium

    Dr. Grabowski was part of a panel discussion at the Washington Theological Consortium at Virginia Theological Seminary on "Marriage, Family, and Sexuality: Theological, Moral, and Pastoral Implications." 

     Dr. David Lantigua Gives Lecture at the Shaw Library in DC

    Dr. David Lantigua delivers lecture entitled “Bishops of the Poor in the Latin American Tradition of Human Rights” at the Shaw Library in Washington, DC

     Fr. Alexopoulos - Paper Presentation "Prayer at the Eucharist: Shifts in the Use of Scripture"

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos presented a paper titled “Prayer at the Eucharist: Shifts in the Use of Scripture” at the International Conference Liturgical Reception of the Bible: Dimensions and Perspectives for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Regensburg, on September 25, 2015.

     

     

     Dr. William Dinges interviewed on aspects of Papal visit.

    Dr. Dinges was featured on aspects of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. in a Swiss Broadcasting Corporation RSI Radiotelevision interview with Roberto Antonini; with Francois Clemenceau, chief editor of the World News section of Le Journal du Dimanche; and with Jonathan Schuppe on NBCNews.com. 

     Dr. William Dinges gave a lecture entitled “Sources Informing Pope Francis’ Thought in Laudato Si

    On September 10, Dr. William Dinges lectured on “Sources Informing Pope Francis’ Thought in Laudato Si’ at a Symposium at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, MD.

     August

     Msgr. Clay Offers Conference on Evangelizing Emerging Adults

    The Franciscan community of Siena College hosted a conference on August 27 to address ways to evangelize students attending their school.

     Sister Margaret Kelleher Celebration

    On Wednesday, August 26 we were delighted to celebrate the twenty-nine year career of Sr. Margaret ("Peggy") Kelleher at The Catholic University of America 

     Dr. Dinges presented a talk on “Why Laudato Si’ is Important”

    On August 25, 2015 Dr. Dinges presented a talk on “Why Laudato Si’ is Important” at a Symposium of Church, Military, Scientific and Community Leaders.

     Dr. William Dinges Delivers Lecture on Ritual Change as Social Change

    Professor William D. Dinges presented a paper on Ritual Change as Social Change:  What a Difference a War (II) Makes” at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, August 20-22. 

     Msgr. Clay Offers Catechumenate Conference for the Diocese of Syracuse

    Msgr. Clay led an all-day conference on adaptations for the baptized in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on August 6 for the Diocese of Syracuse. 

    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

     Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Does Workshops in Hong Kong and Santiago

    Msgr. Rossetti lead a week long workshop for thirty diocesan and religious order leaders from mainland China. The following week, July 20-24, Msgr Rossetti was in Santiago Chile and gave a weeklong workshop to several hundred bishops, priests, sisters and laity on child protection

  • 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.