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2009 News Archive


Dean At Catechetical Meeting

On Dec. 23rd Msgr. Kevin Irwin participated in the latest of a series of internaitonal meetings to develop a catechetical resource to be launched with the publication of the revised Roman Missal.  Along with Msgr. Paul McPartlan, he is one of the authors of the five scholarly papers on which the pastoral resource is being built.  It is anticipted that this DVD and booklet will be available by late Spring 2010 entitled "Becoe One Body, One Spirit in Christ."  It it sponsored by the International Committee on English on the Liturgy and will be part of the educaiton program available to all English speaking countries who will use the newly translated Missal.

STRS Teaching Fellow Publishes Article in Philosophy and Theology

Teodor Baba has published an article entitled "The Use of Husserl's Method in Bernard Longergan's Trinitarian Theology" in Philosophy & Theology 21/1-2 (2009): 43-104. 

Dean At Ecumenical Dialogue

From Dec. 15th-17th Msgr. Kevin Irwin participated in the third session of the national Roman Catholic - United Methodist dialogue on "The Eucharist and Ecology" held at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C.

STRS Professor Interviewed by National Geographic Channel

Dr. Robert Miller was interviewed on December 11 by the National Geographic Channel for a documentary on the Plagues of the book of Exodus. Follow the link above to view the program online.

STRS Professor lectures at Loyola University

Dr. Pecknold will give the Catholic Studies Lecture at Loyola University in Maryland on December 3, 2009 at 5pm.  His lecture, "Reading Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate with Saint Augustine," is open to the public.

Johannes Quasten Award

The School of Theology and Religious Studies will present the Quasten Award to Jared Wicks, SJ.  The ceremony will take place in the Happel Room, Caldwell Hall at 4:30 p.m. on December 3rd, 2009.

CUA Professor at ITC meeting

Msgr Paul McPartlan is participating in the annual plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission in Rome from Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December. He was reappointed earlier this year to serve on the ITC for a further five-year term. During the last quinquennium, the ITC completed and published two studies: The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized (2007) and The Search for Universal Ethics: A New Look at Natural Law (2009).

STRS Hosts CATH Meeting

On Dec. 3-4, 2009 the Catholic Association  of Teachers of Homiletics will hold their annual meeting on the campus of CUA.  Dean Irwin welcomed them at the start of the meeting commenting that the date of Dec. 3rd  will always stand as an important date in the history of the Catholic Church since the first of Vatican II’s Constitutions, that on the Liturgy, was promulgated on Dec. 3, 1963.  He then commented on the relationship of the celebration of the liturgy and homiletics and raised some questions for the group about the nature of a liturgical homily and mystagogical preaching.  Dr. Donald Heet is past president of CATH and CUA’s liaison with them. 

Dissertation Defense: Celeste Sanchez

Final Examination of Celeste Sanchez for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, December 14th, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 113.

Dissertation Defense: Roberto Martinez

Final Examination of Roberto Martinez for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, December 7, 2009 at 3:10 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 125.  Roberto's dissertation is entitled -.  Follow the link above to view a slideshow and abstract of the defense.

Dissertation Defense: Will Cohen

Final Examination of Will Cohen for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Historical and Systematic Theology December 14, at 12:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 125.


Two STRS Professors to present papers at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting

Dr. David Bosworth and Fr. Frank Matera will present papers at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. November 22, 2009.  Dr. Bosworth's paper is entitled: "Jether, David, and Child Soldiers," and Fr. Matera presents his paper: "Renewing New Testament Theology."

Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Methodist Dialogue Meeting

Msgr Paul McPartlan is taking part in the annual plenary meeting of the International Commission for Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council from 13-20 November 2009 in Boston. The dialogue is looking at various sacramental questions, following the last agreed statement, The Grace Given You in Christ(Seoul, 2006).

STRS Student Presents at Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium

Commander Joseph McInerney, a doctoral student in Systematic Theology, will present his essay "Moral Implications of For-Profit Security Organizations" at the Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium to be held November 16th to 18th

The Search for Universal Ethics: A New Look at Natural Law Symposium

Speakers Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Msgr. Robert Sokolowski, and Rev. Brian Johnstone gave a discussion on the drafting and substance of this new 2009 document from the International Theological Commission. November 10, 4pm, Msgr. Happel Room.

Dissertation Defense: Peter Harman

Peter Harman defends his dissertation entitled Towards a Theology of Suffering: The Contribution of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II on Wednesday November 11, at 10 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Casimir Stroik

Casimir B. Stroik will defend his dissertation entitled The Benedictus, Lucan Narrative, and Poetic Discourse for a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies November 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Patricia Panganiban

Patricia Panganiban will defend her dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, November 20, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Janel Bakker

Final Examination of Janel K. Bakker for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Religion and Culture, November 30, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall Room 125.


Year for Priests Symposium, October 6-7, 2009

In honor of the "Year for Priests," Catholic University hosted a symposium on Oct. 6 and 7, 2009, that explored the mystery of the priesthood in light of the Church's theological and spiritual heritage.

Dissertation Defense: Timothy M. Milinovich

Timothy Milinovich defended his dissertation, Friday October 23, at 3:10 p.m. in Caldwell, room 125.  His dissertation is titled: "Paul’s Ministry and God’s New Creation: An Audience-Oriented Study of 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2."

Dr. Ruddy publishes article

Dr. Christoper Ruddy has published the article, "Unabashedly Liberal, Distinctively Catholic: Andrew Greeley on Post-Conciliar American Catholicism" which can be found in the Josephinum Journal of Theology 16 (Winter/Spring 2009).

Dr. Berard McGinn gives lecture on October 19, 2009

Dr. Bernard McGinn gave a lecture Monday, October 19, at 4pm in the Msgr. Happel room entitled "Communicating the Incommunicable: Fallible Discourse Confronts Ineffable Consciousness". Download the flyer here.

Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Plenary

Msgr Paul McPartlan took part in a plenary meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, 16-23 October, in Cyprus. Following on from the Ravenna agreement of 2007, the meeting tackled the subject of primacy, and discussed in particular the role of the bishop of Rome in the communion of the Church in the first millennium.

Two STRS Faculty attend the biannual Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches

Dr. Ruddy and Dr. Ford were members of the USCCB delegation attending the biannual meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ilinois on October 15-17.

STRS Professor's article published

Dr. Robert Miller published the essay, "The Gentiles in the Zion Hymns: Canaanite Myth and Christian Mission" in the October 2009 edition of the journal Transformation: An International Journal of Holistic Mission Studies.

STRS Professor to Give Lecture at Basilica of the Assumption

Dr. Joseph M. White gave a lecture entitled, "Archbishop Martin Spalding: The Lion of Baltimore," October 11, 2009 at America's First Cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

CUA Professor Gives Keynote at Eastern Churches Seminar

Msgr Paul McPartlan gave the keynote presentation on 'St Paul's Teaching on One Body: Ecclesial and Sacramental' at the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar on Friday 9 October 2009, at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Parma, Ohio.

Job Search Workshop for Graduate Students

The season for job hunting is upon us! If you are a graduate student who plans to go on the academic job market this fall, then you are invited to a workshop on the job search process. Presentations include: “The Academic Job Search: a Road Map” by Dr . Charles B. Jones, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, School of Theology and Religious Studies and “Preparing Application Materials and Preparing for Interviews” by Dr. Alan Goodman, Director, Office of Career Services.  The workshop will be moderated by Deacon James Pearce, President, STRSSA.  Time: Monday, October 5, 2009, 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Place: The Happel Room

Dr. Benson: Lecture at Smithsonian Institute

Dr. Joshua Benson will be giving a lecture entitled "Images of Francis" on October 5th at 6:45 pm.  The event will be held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit.  Further information on the lecture can be found at the Smithsonian website.

Dissertation Defense: Andrew T. Glicksman

Andrew T. Glicksman successfully defended his dissertation, "Wisdom of Solomon 10: A Jewish Hellenistic Reinterpretation of Early Israelite history through Sapiential Lenses," on October 2nd, 2009.  For more details and photos, please click this link. Congratulations Andrew!

Dissertation Defense: Mark S. Raphael

Mark S. Raphael successfully defended his dissertation, "John William Shaw, First American-born Archbishop of New Orleans," on October 1st, 2009.  For more details and photos, please click this link.  Congratulations Mark! 


STRS Professor and Spouse appointed to Pontifical Council on the Family

On September 30, 2009 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. John Grabowski and his wife Claire to the Pontifical Council on the Family.  The Council was created by Pope John Paul II 1981 to promote pastoral ministry to families and the defense of human life in all stages.  In addition to members of the Church's hierarchy, consultors, and staff, the Council includes 19 married couples from around the world as members.

STRS Community Prays Annual Fall Vespers Service

The STRS faculty, students, staff, and their families gathered in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24th for the annual Dean's Vespers.  Over three hundred people took part in the service which was made especially beautiful by the vocal accompanyment of the students in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music directed by Dr. Leo Nestor.  A reception followed in Caldwell foyer.  Read the 2009 Dean's Vespers Homily. 

STRS Professor to participate in Port-Royale Conference

Dr. Jacques M. Gres-Gayer will take part in the 2009 Port-Royal Conference in Versailles and Paris, September 24-25 2009, on "Port-Royal et la Réforme catholiqe." His contribution to the 2008 Conference in Montpellier "Port-Royal et la Tradition chrétienne d'Orient,"La Sorbonne et la Russie 1715-1728," was recently published, Chroniques de Port-Royal (59), Paris Bibliotheque Mazarine, 2009, p. 169-183.

STRS Professor's Eucharistic Congress Paper Published

Msgr Paul McPartlan's paper on 'Eucharist and Church in the Thought of the Fathers of the Church', delivered at the theological symposium which immediately preceded the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec in 2008, has just been published in the Actes du Symposium: L'Eucharistie, don de Dieu pour la vie du monde (Ottawa: CECC/CCCB, 2009), pp.253-279.

STRS Professor presents at Conference in Atlanta

Fr. Mike Witczak is giving two presentations at a conference sponsered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Formation and Discipleship.  The first one to be given at the conference's Ministry Professional Gathering: “Could You Lead Us in Prayer? Some Ways of Praying in Public Rooted in Liturgy” on Friday, September 18, 2009.  The second given at the Conference on Initiation: “Living Faith – From Vigil to Eucharist: The Sacraments of Initiation on the Holiest of All Nights” on Saturday, September 19, 2009.  Follow the link above to visit the Archdiocese of Atlanta's website.

STRS Professor Speaking at Evangelization Conference

Msgr Paul McPartlan will be speaking on Friday 11 September at the 'Call to Holiness' conference being held this weekend by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. His topic will be 'Eucharist and Adoration'.


Dean Welcomes New Graduate Students

On Monday afternoon, August 31st Dean Kevin Irwin gave his welcome speech for the new graduate students.  The speech can be read in full by clicking here.

STRS Faculty Member Presenting a Paper at University of Bern

David Bosworth has been invited to the symposium "Seitenblicke: Nebenfiguren in zweiten Samuelbuch" at the University of Bern in Switzerland from August 31 to September 3 where he is presenting a paper "'David Comforted His Wife Bathsheba': Infant Mortality and Maternal Grief."

STRS Faculty Member to Give Lecture in Salzburg

Prof. Dinges has been invited by the Institut fur Caritaswissenschaft Katholisch-Theologische Privatuniversitat, Linz, Osterreich, to lecture in Salzburg next March at the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for Intercultural Theology and the Study of Religion. The conference theme is Religion und Gesellschaft:  Zur religiosen Situation der Gegenwart. Prof. Dinges will be speaking of American aspects of the contemporary situation.

STRS Faculty Member Participates in Future of Religion in American Culture Project

Prof. Dinges will participate in a consultation at the University of Notre Dame from September 10 to 13th. This meeting brings together a group of scholars producing the multi-volume collection on the Future of Religion in American Culture under the auspices of The Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Dr. Timothy Matovina, a STRS alum and Professor of Theology and Director of the William and Anna Jean Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is co-editor of the Catholicism volume in this series.

STRS Faculty Member Recieves Funding from Life Cycle Institute for Research

Prof. William Dinges received funding this summer from CUA’s Life Cycle Institute and the USCCB to conduct a study of national and regional Latino ministry initiatives in the US. The research was undertaken on behalf of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church under the direction of Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J. With the assistance of Mr. German McKenzie, an STRS graduate student, Prof. Dinges is doing an analysis of the scope, programming, and internal capacities of the various Latino ministry organizations in an effort to obtain better financial and technical support for them.

STRS Faculty Member Book Republished

This summer The Liturgical Press reissued and expanded Actions and Words, Symbolic Language and the Liturgy written by Antonio Donghi and translated from the Italian by Dr. Dominic Serra.

STRS Professors Participate in Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting 

The Catholic Biblical Association of America, whose main office is located in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, held its annual meeting from August 1-4 2009. This year the meeting took place at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and as in previous years, the meeting was well attended.    Two of the School’s recent hires were in attendance and presented papers Robert Miller (“Revisiting Oral Tradition and the Deuteronomistic History”), and David Bosworth (“Does Lamentations Help? Paradoxes of Emotional Expression”). A number of the STRS faculty were also in attendance at the meeting, serving on the Executive Board and a number of other committees.

STRS Professor Participates in Local Diaconate Program Workshop

This past May 20th and July 11th, Dr. Don Heet gave a workshop on “The Spirituality and Practice of Liturgical Proclamation” for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Arlington.


CUA Professor Delivers Paper at Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

Christopher Begg attended the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature held in Rome, June 30-July 4 to commemorate the centenary of the Biblicum.  At the meeting he delivered a paper on The Blessing of Isaac (Genesis 27) according to Josephus and the Book of Jubilees.

CUA Professor Reappointed to ITC 

Pope Benedict XVI has reappointed Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, to the International Theological Commission for a further period of five years. The ITC was established by Pope Paul VI in 1969 to assist the Holy See and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the examination of doctrinal questions. It consists of no more than thirty members, drawn from around the world, and appointed to serve five year terms. Msgr McPartlan was first appointed in 2004. During the last quinquennium, the ITC produced two major documents: The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised (2007) and The Search for Universal Ethics: A New Look at Natural Law (2009).

STRS Professor Speaks at CUA

Fr. Joseph Komonchak gave two lectures on campus over the weekend as part of the meeting of the Asian and Pacific Institute for Ministry and Mission.  The titles of his lectures were “Vatican II and the Local Church," and "Co-responsibility, Collaboration and the Role of the Laity."

STRS Welcomes New Faculty for Fall 2009

We are delighted to welcome two new faculty members to STRS who will be joining us this coming fall at the rank of Associate Professor.

STRS Professor Presented for PBI

Dr. Christopher Begg gave an address at the 2009 International Meeting Celebrating the Centenary of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome.  His talk, “The Blessing of Isaac according to Josephus and Jubilees,” was part of a session on the Greco-Roman World which took place on July 3rd, and examined three roles adopted by the former priest Josephus: historian, exegete, and arbitrator of cultural identity


STRS Professor Spoke at Notre Dame

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, took part in a conference on 'Paul as Liturgical Theologian' at Notre Dame University's Center for Liturgy, 15-17 June. He gave a plenary address entitled: 'One Body: Ecclesial and Sacramental'.

Dr. Pecknold Particpated in Collegium's Annual Colloquy

Dr. Chad C. Pecknold, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, participated as a Faculty Fellow, representing CUA in the Collegium Summer Institute at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN, June 5-12, 2009.   The Collegium annual colloquies invite scholars to explore some of the most compelling aspects of the Catholic intellectual tradition, to develop their own sense of vocation as intellectuals in a contemporary context, and to reflect on the role they have in the mission of their Catholic institution. 

STRS Faculty Participate in Ecumenical Meeting

Three members of the STRS faculty, Fr John Galvin, Fr Joseph Komonchak and Msgr Paul McPartlan, took part in a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Crestwood, New York, from 1-3 June 2009.


Dr. Tarmo Toom in Chicago

On Thursday, May 21, Dr. Toom presented a paper "Calling Christ 'God': Hilary’s De Trinitate and the Ancient Nomos/Physis Debate About Language" at the North American Patristics Society in Chicago.

Dissertation Defense: Alexander G. K. Salakpi

Rev. Salakpi successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "Social Alienation as a Consequence of Human Suffering in the Book of Job: A Study of  Job 19:13-22" Wednesday, May 20, in Caldwell 125.

Dr. Matera Delivered John Carroll Lecture

Professor Frank J. Matera delivered one of the John Carroll Lectures at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Baltimore, on Monday, May 18th at 7:00 P.M. The title of his lecture is “Death Swallowed Up in Victory: Saint Paul’s Understanding of the General Resurrection of the Dead.” The lecture is open to the general public. The Basilica is located on Cathedral Street in Baltimore.

Commencement 2009

On Saturday, May 16th, STRS conducted its annual commencement exercises.

STRS Professor is Awarded Honorary Degree

Professor Frank J. Matera was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, on May 14th, at the graduation ceremony of Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore at which he was also the commencement speaker.

STRS Professor was Commencement Speaker

Professor Frank J. Matera delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremony of Saint Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore on Thursday, May 14th.

Dissertation Defense: Ono Paul Ekeh

Ono Paul Ekeh successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "A Phenomenological Theology of the Trinity: A Study in John Henry Newman and Edmund Husserl" Tuesday, May 12, at 2pm in Caldwell 125.

Dissertation Defense: Mark A. Frisius

Dr. Frisius successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Interpretive Method and Theological Conflict: Tertullian’s Use of the Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, and Jude,” on Tuesday, May 5th, 2009.

Dissertation Defense: Rev. Hang Pham

Fr. Pham successfully defended on Friday, May 1st.  His title is, “John Paul II’s Concept of Solidarity with the Poor as a Eucharistic Dimension of the Christian Moral Life.”


2009 Senior Recognition Reception

The School of Theology & Religious Studies honored the 51 graduating seniors majoring or minoring in Theology and Religious Studies at its April 30th Senior Recognition Reception.  In his remarks to the students being honored, Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, Dean of STRS, commended them for exemplifying the University’s Motto: Reason.Faith.Service, throughout their undergraduate career at CUA.

Dissertation Defense: Kevin D. Schemauer

Dr. Schemenauer successfully defended his dissertation entitled: “Dietrich von Hildebrand on Procreation: The Primary and Superabundant End of Marriage”, on April 27, 2009

Dissertation Defense: William M. Watson, SJ

Fr. Watson successfully defended on Monday, April 27th.  His title is, “A New Iteration of the Examination of Conscience that Incorporates Principles of Discernment and Insights from Michael Brown’s, Presence Process.”

Dissertation Defense: Rose M. Beal

Dr. Beal successfully defended on Monday, April 27th.  Her title is, " In Pursuit of a ‘Total Ecclesiology’: Yves Congar’s De Ecclesia, 1931-1954.” 

Msgr. McPartlan at Mt. Aloysius University

Msgr Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was the guest speaker at the annual Ecumenical Luncheon at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA, on Friday 24 April. He gave a presentation on the theme: 'Seeking an Exchange of Gifts: Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Methodist Dialogue'.

Dr. Wiseman at Canterbury

Prof. James Wiseman presented a paper on Friday, April 24, at an international conference on the life and legacy of Anselm of Canterbury, to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England.  The occasion of the conference was the 900th anniversary of Anselm's death.  Prof. Wiseman's paper compares Anselm and Meister Eckhart in their teaching about the incomprehensibility of God.

Fides et Ratio met April 23

Fides et Ratio met April 23 with Dr. Joshua Benson in the Msgr. Happel Room for their "Theology: Beyond the Blackboard" series.

STRS Student Receives Newman Fellowship

Fr. Vinh Bao Luu-Quang, C.SS.R. has been awarded a two month residential fellowship by the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh to continue work on his doctoral dissertation.

Dr. Miller at JCCGW

On Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Robert Miller presented a lecture "Gender and Ideology in Early Iron Age Israel" in the American Schools of Oriental Research Washington Archaeology Lecture Series at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington. 

Dissertation Defense: Rev. Matthew J. Streett

Dr. Streett successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "Violence and Nonviolence in the Book of Revelation", on April 22, 2009

Dissertation Defense: Benjamin P. Blosser

Dr. Blosser successfully successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "Psyche in Origen of Alexandria: Origen's Doctrine of the Soul in Relation to the Middle Platonic Philosophical Tradition", on April 22, 2009.

Msgr. Kupke Delivered Ellis Lecture April 22

Msgr. Raymond Kupke, Ph.D. delivered this year's Ellis Lecture in Church History entitled "James Norris: From Caldwell Hall Desk to Shrine Mosaic" The event was held April 22, at 3:30pm in the Msgr. Happel Room.

Dr. Toom gives CSEC Lecture

Dr. Toom, associate professor at STRS gave a lecture on Monday, April 20th as part of the Center for the Study of Early Christianity's Monday Night Lecture Series. His Talk is entitled: "I Was a Boy with Power to Talk" (Conf. 1.8.13): Augustine and Ancient Theories of Language Acquisition"

Dissertation Defense: Joan Faraone, RJM

Joan Faraone, RJM successfully defended her dissertation entitled: “The Evolution of the Secretariat of Hispanic Affairs of NCCB/USCCB and its Contribution to Catechesis for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States,” Friday, April 17th.


STRS congratulates the newly elected members of our graduate student association: James Pearce, President, Patrick Beldio, Religion & Culture Representative, Jim Sabak, GSA Representative

STRS on Tap

STRS professor Dr. William C. Mattison III, was featured at the final CUA On Tap of the semester, held April 16th at 7:30 in Caldwell Auditorium.  Dr. Mattison discussed Catholic dating. Sponsored by the Resident Ministers.

Faculty Discussion of Dr. Komonchak's "Who Are The Church"

Thursday April 16th at 4:30 in The Msgr. Happel Room there was a faculty discussion of Dr. Komonchak's, "Who Are The Church"

STRS Student Publishes in Augustiniana 

Stuart Squires, a PhD student in Historical Theology has recently published his first article in Augustiniana.  Begun as a paper in Dr. Chin’s Jerome class, the article appeared in print last week. 

Dr. Minnich Publishes article

Dr. Minnich's “The Decree ‘Inter multiplices’ of Lateran V on ‘Montes pietatis’” was published this month in the Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 38 (2006).

Dean on Sirius Radio

On Monday April 6th Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Dean of STRS, was guest panelist on The Catholic Channel’s set in Rockefeller Center New York City to tape a show to be aired this coming week-end about Easter.  Specifically the topics which Msgr. was asked about were the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum - -the “three days” of liturgical celebrations from the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and the celebration of The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.  This particular show will be aired on SIRIUS radio on Hoy Thursday and Good Friday from 7 P.M. to 10 P.M. and again on Easter morning.  The host of the show is Fr. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P., an alumnus of STRS

Dissertation Defense: L. Stephen Cook, Jr.

L. Stephen Cook, Jr. successfully defended his dissertation entitled: "The Question of the "Cessation of Prophecy" in Ancient Judaism" Friday, April 3.

Lecture: "Novellus Pazzus in Mundo: 800 Years of the Franciscan Gospel Proposal"

Dr. Regis Armstrong, professor at STRS lectured in the Msgr. Happel Room on Wednesday, April 1st.

"The Construction of Psalms by Means of Matching Panels"

The Biblical Studies area held the annual Roland E. Murphy Lecture presented by Rev. Dr. Lawrence E. Boadt, C.S.P. April 2, 2009.


Year of Paul Symposium Resounding Success

On Friday, March 20th, STRS hosted an all-day symposium in honor of the pauline year.

Doctoral Defense: Garrett Galvin, OFM

Dr. Galvin successfully defended on Monday, March 23, 2009.

Faculty on the Move: Dr. Heet

Rev. Dr. Donald Heet preached a retreat on "Tending the Clock: Reflections on Part's IV and V of the Introduction to the Devout Life" to members of the Association of St. Francis de Sales at the Washington Retreat House, March 27-29. On March 31, he delivered a lecture on "Prayer in the Salesian Tradition" at St. John's parish in Severna Park, Md.

Dr. Johnstone at Oxford

From March 22nd to March 27th Professor Johnstone participated in the Oxford Round Table, at Oxford University, at which he will make a presentation on "The Receiving and Giving of Gifts: A Basis for Justice and Rights."

Dr. Pecknold at the Mid-Atlantic regional conference of the AAR

Dr. Pecknold spoke at a panel on mentoring graduate students at the Mid-Atlantic regional conference of the American Academy of Religion on March 27, 2009 in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Johnstone in Miami

On March 20th. Professor Johnstone gave a lecture on "The Gift of Reason and the Gift of Faith" at St. John Vianney Seminary College, of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Dr. Bosworth Publishes New Book

Dr. David Bosworth, assistant professor at STRS, has published a new book through the Catholic Biblical Association entitled, “The Story within a Story in Biblical Hebrew Narrative.”

Dr. Matera to Lecture at Villanova

Frank Matera, the Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies, delivered a lecture at Villanova University on Wednesday, March 18th. The lecture is part of a year long series of talks that are celebrating “The Jubilee of St. Paul.”

Dr. Miller at Virginia Theological Seminary

Robert Miller, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, presented the response to the book launch of Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah by Stephen L. Cook, at Virginia Theological Seminary on Tuesday, March 17th.

Dr. Matera's Book is Translated

Professor Frank Matera’s book, Strategies for Preaching Paul, originally published by Liturgical Press (2001), has been translated into Spanish: Estrategias para predicar a Pablo. Argentina: San Pablo. This book was previously translated into Italian and Portuguese

STRS Professor Gives Seminar in Buffalo

Charles B. Jones gave the seminar “Modernization and Traditionalism in Buddhist Almsgiving in Taiwan,” at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the State University of New York at Buffalo, March 3, 2009.


Dr. Marthaler in Print

Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Berard Marthaler, Professor Emeritus who wrote the lead article in the latest edition of Liturgical Ministry entitled, "Liturgy & Catechesis"

Dean Speaks on Church Liturgy

Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin's lecture delivered on Feb. 12th  entitled "Which Liturgy IS The Church's Liturgy" has been published in the current issue of ORIGINS, 38 (Feb. 26, 2009).

Dr. Matera Speaks at St. Thomas University

STRS professor Frank Matera will be at St. Thomas University on February 20th to participate in their Catholic Biblical Scholars series.

Dr. Komonchak in Print

This week’s America (Feb. 2, 2009) contains an article by Rev. Dr. Joseph Komonchak entitled  “Novelty in Continuity: Pope Benedict’s Interpretation of Vatican II.”  


Doctoral Defense: Diana Jill Kirby

Diana Jill Kirby successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on Friday, January 30, 2009. Entitled, “Repetition in the Book of Revelation,” the dissertation was directed by Frank J. Matera, Ph.D. The readers were Francis T. Gignac, D. Phil., and John P. Heil, S.S.D.  

Canon Paul Avis at STRS

On Thursday 29 January 2009, Canon Paul Avis, General Secretary of the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, gave a talk in the School of Theology and Religious Studies entitled: "Ethics and Communion: A New Ecumenical Frontier?"

Dean Attends "The Leeds Group" Meeting in London

Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin participated in the sixth meeting of "The Leeds Group," an international Committee charged with catechesis about the Mass to be launched with the publication of the revised translation of The Roman Missal.

Liturgy Professors, Students, and Alumni Participate in 2009 North American Academy of Liturgy Convention

CUA Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology Academic Area professors, students and alumni attended The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) in Baltimore January 2-5, 2009.