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 News and Events by Month


  • Safranski Defense

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


  • Fr. Ford Publishes Two New Articles

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


  • Dr. Serra Presents Paper

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


  • Dr. Jones Speaks at the Smithsonian

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


  • Dr. Dinges Presents Talk on Catholics and Environmentalism

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



  • Dr. Miller Presents Paper

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


  • Sister Kelleher Publishes New Articles

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


  • Zientarski Defense

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


  • Msgr. Clay Presents Inaugural Lecture

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


  • Picturing Mary Lecture

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


  • Killeen Defense

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


  • Alumni Spotlight

    TRS alum Angela Chiappetta is excited by the opportunities her theology degree has given her. To read the full article, please follow this link: