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

    On February 27th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor, delivered the keynote address to over 200 bishops, priests, sisters and lay child safeguarding delegates at the first national conference on safeguarding children. The event was sponsored by Ireland's National Board for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church. The event was held in Athlone, Ireland. Msgr Rossetti highlighted the important progress that has been made in the Church protecting minors in Ireland, the United States and beyond. He spoke of an emerging “template” of best practices in safeguarding children and urged that such a template be made mandatory in every country. He spoke of education as the key and stressed the need to prevent abuse before it occurs. He said, because of such efforts, the Catholic Church is “no longer a safe haven for child abusers.” His talk was reported through Catholic News Service. See the following story:

  • Catholic-Orthodox Event at CUA

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

  • Dr. Grabowski Presents on Holiness in Marriage

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

  • Fr. Witczak Presents at the NAAL

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

  • Glasow Defense


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


  • Safranski Defense

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


  • Fr. Ford Publishes Two New Articles

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


  • Dr. Serra Presents Paper

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


  • Dr. Jones Speaks at the Smithsonian

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


  • Dr. Dinges Presents Talk on Catholics and Environmentalism

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



  • Dr. Miller Presents Paper

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


  • Sister Kelleher Publishes New Articles

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


  • Zientarski Defense

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


  • Msgr. Clay Presents Inaugural Lecture

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


  • Picturing Mary Lecture

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


  • Killeen Defense

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


  • Alumni Spotlight

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