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 Archives 2008

12/10/2008    Methodist – Catholic Dialogue Meets in D.C.

STRS faculty participate in the seventh round of the national Methodist – Roman Catholic dialogue which will meet at St.Paul’s College in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday to Thursday Dec. 16-18. 

10/24/2008    STRS Faculty Member Attends NCC Meeting

John T. Ford c.s.c., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, attended a meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches in Oklahoma City, October 16-18.

10/24/2008    Liturgy Professor Appointed to Commission for Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe

Reverend Mark Morozowich has been appointed to the Liturgical Commission of the Conventus Hierarcharum Orientalium Catholicorum Europae, the official organization of all Eastern Catholic Hierarchs in Europe

10/24/2008    STRS Faculty Participates in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

STRS Faculty members Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Fr. John Galvin, and Fr. Joseph Komonchak will be participating in the 75th meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which is being held, October 23-25, at the Manoir d'Youville, Chateauguay, Québec, Canada. They are continuing their discussion of "primacy in the Church."

10/16/2008    STRS Professor Publishes New Book

Dr. Susan Wessel's new book has just been released by Brill Press, Leo the Great and the Spiritual Rebuilding of a Universal Rome.

10/16/2008    Tune into STRS Professor on Interfaith Voices

An interview segment with Dr. Robert Miller will air on October 19th by the Public Radio program Interfaith Voices. The segment will cover the recent directive from the Vatican that the divine name "Yahweh" not be used in prayers or hymns of the Mass. It will be aired on October 19th and posted to the show's podcast.. 

10/16/2008    Chorbishop Beggiani Honored by Theological College

Chorbishop Seely Beggiani, an adjunct professor of theology at STRS, was recently a recipient of Theological College’s Alumnus Lifetime Service Award.

10/16/2008    STRS Welcomes Fulbright Scholar Manasra

The School of Theology and Religious Studies is pleased to host a visiting scholar during the fall semester under the Fulbright Interfaith Community Action Program. Our guest is Mr. Ghassan Manasra, director of the Qadiri Sufi Center in Nazareth, Israel. Under this program, scholars come to the United States for ten weeks to observe interreligious programs and activities in order to take lessons and insights back to their home countries.

Aside from hosting Mr. Manasra, the university has also been selected by the Fulbright program as the venue for the plenary conference that caps the program. In early December, all ten Fulbright ICAP scholars will converge on our campus along with representatives of their host institutions and the U.S. State Department to hear presentations and hold conversations on insights gained during their time here.

10/14/2008    STRS Scholars at Villanova

Dr. William Mattison, CUA doctoral student James Stroud, and CUA Philosophy Professor Angela McKay addressed the annual Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University, October 10-12, 2008. Each of them gave related papers on the role of grace, in the infused virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit, in the moral life. Both McKay and Mattison have published in this area, and Stroud is also working in this area for his dissertation at CUA. The talks are examples of the sort of collegiality and mentorship that the Schools of both Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies strive to embody.

9/30/2008      Dean's Vespers 2008

On September 25th, the School of Theology and Religious Studies held its annual vespers, hosted by our Dean, Msgr. Kevin Irwin.

09/26/2008    CUA Professor at Mediterranean Meeting

Msgr Paul McPartlan, CUA's Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, who was recently appointed as a papal chaplain by Pope Benedict XVI, is participating in a meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue from 27 September to 4 October on the island of Crete. As indicated in the Ravenna Document agreed last October, the dialogue is now beginning its consideration of 'the role of the bishop of Rome in the communion of all the Churches' (n.45).

08/26/2008    New Professor to Speak at Loyola University

Dr. Chad Pecknold, who has recently joined our faculty in the Systematic Theology area, will speak on "Catholic Identity, Politics, and the Election" at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland at 12:15pm, October 2, 2008. The event is sponsored by the Committee on Catholic Social Thought and the Catholic Studies Program at Loyola University Maryland.

09/26/2008    STRS Professor Speaks at Cambridge

Dr William C. Mattison III attended the Society for the Study for Christian Ethics this September in Cambridge, UK. There he delivered a paper which both surveyed the history of commentary on the Lord's Prayer and attempted to continue that history of commentary by interpreting the seven traditional petitions of the Our Father in light of the seven foundational virtues of the Christian life. The paper is an expansion of the concluding chapter of his recently released Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues (Brazos Press, 2008), and will soon be published in this expanded format.

09/11/2008    Fr. Mark Morozowich presides at the Second Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy in Rome

The Society of Oriental Liturgy convenes its second International Congress on September 17-22, 2008 in Rome at the Casa La Salle Conference center. More than 60 liturgists from countries throughout the world including Russia, India, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Belgium, France, Germany and others will discuss various matters of regarding Eastern liturgies. Fr. Mark Morozowich will deliver his presidential address entitled, "Liturgical Tradition and Natural Disaster: The Role of Liturgical Scholarship." This non-confessional academic group provides professors with a forum to present their recent work and discuss issues with their colleagues from throughout the world. Fr. Mark Morozowich, the current president, and Fr. Robert Taft, the first president of the Society, founded this academic society in 2006 that now boasts a membership of over 100 scholars worldwide.

08/26/2008    Dean Irwin Welcomes New Graduate Students

On Monday afternoon August 25th Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, Dean of STRS, delivered the following remarks to welcome the new graduate students to CUA.

08/22/2008    STRS Professor Participates in Biblical Colloquium

Dr. Robert Miller was in Leuven, Belgium from August 5th to the 7th to participate in the 57th annual Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense. The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense is an annual international conference on Biblical Studies jointly organized by the theological faculties of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense was first organized in 1949. It offers a forum and meeting place for research and scholarly discussion in the field of Biblical Studies. As a rule, the annual conference focuses on a single biblical book, and this year the theme was "The Composition of the Psalter."

Specifically, Dr. Miller presented a paper, "The Origin of the Zion Hymns." Looking at that subset of Psalms which glorify Jerusalem's Mount Zion in hymnic form, Dr. Miller used sociological analysis to propose a setting in the Kingdom of Judah where the hymns served to instill confidence in the Davidic monarchy and in the priestly hierarchy.

08/19/2008    Supervised Pastoral Year - Now Online!

Seminarians can now participate in an online supervised ministry course as part of their pastoral year. This resource provides significant assistance to the diocese, the vocation director, the pastor, and most importantly the seminarian as he begins his pastoral practice as a student in a parish. The facilitator, Reverend Kevin Kennedy, combines the academic life with being a fulltime pastor at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, Maryland. Father Kennedy will provide an environment of discussion and learning to facilitate the seminarian's pastoral experience. The online course offers a wealth of resources enabling the seminarian to draw upon the pastoral expertise of many diverse people expanding his circle from just the local pastoral team and his vocation director. This dynamic opportunity engages the seminarian by theological reflections while fulfilling a work contract with the local pastor.

08/14/2008    STRS Faculty Member Honored with Festschrift

Francis T. Gignac, S.J., has been honored with a festschrift published as volume 44 in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series.  The volume was edited by Jeremy Corley and Vincent Skemp, both of whom received their doctorates in Biblical Studies in STRS. It was presented to Fr. Gignac at the CBA Meeting, August 4th, 2008, at Fordham University.

08/11/2008    Dean Delivers Keynote Address

Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin delivered the keynote address at the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday August 5th. It was entitled "Worship in Spirit and in Truth" and emphasized the theology and spirituality of the celebration of the liturgy.

The following afternoon he presented a Seminar on the proposed translations of The Roman Missal and the catechetical project he is involved with ("the Leeds Group") which will be a catechesis about the Mass to be timed with the publication of the revised Missal.

07/30/2008    STRS Grads Begin Teaching Careers

We are delighted that the following recent graduates are starting their teaching careers: Dr. Sherri Brown at Niagara University; Dr. Anthony Cirelli at St. John's University, new York; Fr. Raphael Goo Chao Reng at She Shan Seminary, Shanghai; Dr. Nathan Lefler at University of Scranton

07/28/2008    STRS Professor Participates in European Forum

Dr. Willam Dinges will be in Austria from August 14th to the 22ndto participate in the European Forum Alpach (Austria) held annually since 1945. Speakers and participants from all parts of the world, from science, economics and politics, experienced experts and students, come together to discuss the current issues and to formulate interdisciplinary solutions. Since its inception, more than 3,000 people from over 50 countries have taken up the invitation to participate. "Perception and decision" is the general topic of the 64th European Forum Alpbach. This forum will explore the question of how perception and interpretation lead to diagnosis and ultimately to forecasts that have an influence on our decisions.

In particular, Dr. Dinges is co-chairing a seminar, "On the dynamics of fundamentalism: Psycho-social analysis between anxiety and hope," with Dr. Kurt Remele, Lecturer on Ethics and Christian Social Science at Graz University. On the basis of significant examples this seminar aims at clarifying how fundamentalisms develop, intending to support own decisions for dealing with this phenomenon. As social and psychic aspects work together, superficial and one-sided perceptions will be guided to a deeper understanding by psycho-social analyses in order to find ways of acting reliantly. This includes the question how opinion leaders who are conscious of the dynamic of fundamentalisms may arrive at decisions which are neither fearful nor defensive and don't give up hope.

07/21/2008    STRS Alum Directs World Youth Day Liturgies

STRS Alum, Fr. Peter Williams of the Diocese of Paramatta, Australia has been appointed Director of Liturgy for World Youth Day 2008.

07/21/2008    STRS Proudly Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2008

This fall the School of Theology and Religious Studies will be adding eight new professors to our faculty in the areas of Biblical Studies, Church History, Pastoral Studies, and Systematic Theology. We look forward to working with all of them in the coming semester.

06/20/2008    STRS Congratulates Fr. James Wiseman

James Wiseman was awarded a Coolidge Fellowship by Cross Currents magazine. He and approximately eight other scholars will reside at Union Theological Seminary in New York City during the entire month of July while working on current projects and participating in regular colloquia to discuss their works in progress.

06/10/2008    CUA Professor at Quebec Conference on Eucharist

Fr Paul McPartlan, Carl J.Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, is attending an International Theological Symposium on the Eucharist at the Universite Laval, Quebec, 11-13 June, ahead of the International Eucharistic Congress being held in Quebec, 15-22 June. Fr McPartlan is speaking on the relationship between the Eucharist and the Church in the teaching of the fathers of the Church.

05/17/2008    Dean Irwin Addresses Graduates

On Saturday May 18, 2008 following the main commencement ceremony, Msgr. Kevin Irwin spoke at the STRS graduation ceremony in Caldwell Hall.

04/11/2008    STRS Faculty in the Media

In preparation for the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Washington Dean Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin has been in the media. His interview with the local ABC affiliate was aired twice last week on WJLA TV here in Washington. He was as quoted in the April 10, 2008 issue of Voice of America in the article entitled "Washington and New York Prepare for Pope Benedict Visit." Msgr. irwin will also offer live commentary on the Catholic Channel on SIRIUS radio for the Mass which the Holy Father will celebrate on Thursday April 17th from 10AM.

04/11/2008    Faculty on the Move

Rev. Dr. Paul McPartlan will speak at the annual Albert Cardinal Myer Lectures at Our Lady of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein Illinois. This year the lectures will focus on the writings of Cardianl Avery Dulles (a former STRS faculty member) Fr. McPartlan's talk is on "Engaging the World in the Writings of Avery Dulles."

Rev. Dr. Donald Heet is in St. Louis this week-end (April 10-12th) assisting in the drafting of a series of essays as a commentary on the 1982 USCCB Committee on Priestly Life's document on preaching the Homily at Sunday Mass,Fulfilled In Your Hearing.

04/08/2008    STRS faculty Member is Featured Respondant at Catholic Peace Dialogue

Dr. William Barbieri, associate dean for graduate studies, will be a featured respondent at The Future of Catholic Peacebuilding--a reflective dialog on the dimensions of Catholic peace. Twenty five years after the U.S. Catholic Bishops' 1983 pastoral, "The Challenge of Peace," called for further development of a theology of peace, peacebuilding has received much greater attention in both secular and Church circles. On the anniversary of the peace pastoral, an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners, from various sectors of the Catholic community, will come together to reflect on the theological, ethical, and practical dimensions of the Church's work on conflict prevention, conflict resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation. Events in the series include panel discussions at Catholic University, April 7, 3-5 pm, Georgetown University, April 7, 7:30-9 pm, and a conference at Notre Dame University, April 13-15, 2008.

04/01/2008    The Roland E. Murphy Lecture

Paul J. Achtemeier will deliver the Annual Roland E. Murphy Lecture on Tuesday, April 8th, at 7:00 P.M. in the Happel Room in Caldwell Hall. The title of his talk is First Peter 3:18-22: Descent or Ascent?

03/17/2008    Prof. Komonchak Delivers Pere Marquette Lecture

On Sunday March 9, 2008 Rev. Dr. Joseph Komonchak delivered the annual Pere Marquette Lecture at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Entitled "Who Are The Church" the lecture has also been published by the Marquette University Press.

This annual lecture series was begun in 1969. The names of those who have delivered them is a veritable "who's who" of premier theologians. Among them are Bernard Lonergan, John Macquarrie, Avery Dulles, S.J., Walter Kasper, Gregory Baum, Walter Principe, Lisa Sowle Cahill and Otto Hermann Pesch.

02/25/2008    Dr. Matera Lectures in Ireland

From March 3rd to the 7th, Rev. Dr. Frank Matera of the Biblical Studies Area in STRS will lecture at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland.

02/25/2008    Prof. Joseph Capizzi Spokesperson at Vatican Press Conference

Prof. Joseph Capizzi, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, spoke at a press conference in Rome to introduce the upcoming International Conference on Ethical Perspectives on the Incurably Ill and the Dying, to be held at the Vatican on Feb. 25 and 26th.

02/20/2008    STRS/WTC Tachmindji Event

On Wednesday February 20th from 4  to 7 PM CUA hosted an event sponsored by the Washington Theological Consortium at which Dr. McPartlan and Metropolitan Kallistos Ware spoke on the documents published by this dialogue last year in Ravenna.  All are invited to attend.

02/14/2008    STRS Alum Responsible For Papal Mass Music

Mr. Thomas Stehle, Music Director for the Church of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Potomac, MD. has been invited to plan and execute the music for the Eucharist to be celebrated by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium on April 17th in Washington, D.C. Mr. Stehle is an alum of STRS having earned his MA in Liturgical Studies.  He also earned the Masters in Liturgical Music from CUA.

02/11/2008    STRS Faculty Member at Catholic/Orthodox Meeting in Rome

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, is taking part in the plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission (1-5 December) in Rome. The commission is giving final consideration to a document on the natural law and is continuing its discussion on the theme of the meaning and method of theology.

01/31/2008    STRS Alum in the Media

Dr. Kathleen Flake (M.S. 1995, STRS) is a Mormon who has been in the news of late. As an Associate Professor of American Religious History at Vanderbilt several news outlets (including National Public Radio) have sought her out to comment on Mormon beliefs, practices and personalities - especially because of the candidacy to Mr. Mitt Romney for the presidency and the death over the week-end of Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Her particular interest in the effects of pluralism on religious identity came through in her NPR interview yesterday (Jan. 28, 2008). She praised Mr. Hinckley for his tireless efforts to make Mormonism a worldwide religion, and not one that was America-centered or based. Her field of specialization at CUA was in Liturgy, in particular ritual studies. Her first journal article came out of a major research paper she did here on the Mormon Temple Rite. Prior to coming to STRS she was an attorney in Washington for ten years. Her doctorate is from the University of Chicago.

01/24/2008    Church Historian's Collected Essays Published

Dr. Nelson Minnich's latest academic achievement is the publication of Councils on the Catholic Reformation, Pisa I (1409) to Trent (1545-63).  This book, from the Variorum Collected Studies Series published by Ashgate (both here and in the UK) contains a dozen previously published essays on the general councils held from 1409 to 1563, which period witnessed the holding of more general councils than at any other time in the church's history

01/28/2008    Distinguished Faculty Member on the Road and in Print

Ordinary Professor of Church History and editor of The Catholic Historical Review,  Dr. Nelson Minnich delivered a paper on: "The Pontificate of Leo X: Success or Failure?" at the at the Eighty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association on January 4, 2008

01/24/2008    Adjunct Professors from DC assist STRS

In addition to several professors who live in the DC area and regularly assist in teaching courses, this semester STRS welcomed Rev. Dr. Thomas Weinandy, Rev. Dr. James Greenfield, and Rev. Dr. Kevin Kennedy.

01/24/2008    Doctoral Candidate Pens Op-Ed Post Piece

Former Capitol Hill staffers Liz McCloskey and Peter Leibold's thoughtful piece, Political Orphans in 2008, appeared in the Washington Post on January 22nd the day of the annual March for Life.  Liz is a doctoral candidate in STRS.  The article's subtitle, Is There Space for Our Pro-Life Ethic? capsules their thoughtful piece, about political parties, platforms and a consistent ethic of life.

01/14/2008    Dean Speaks to Cathedral Musicians

On Friday January 11th Dean Kevin W. Irwin addressed the meeting of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians at their annual convention in New York City.

01/08/2008    Dean Delivers Keynote Address at Homiletics Seminar

On Monday evening, January 7, Dean Kevin W. Irwin delivered the keynote address at the Third Annual Tschope Homiletics Seminar at the University of Dallas, School of Ministry.