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 2010 News Archive


Dean Participates in National Ecumenical Dialogue

On Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 14-15 Msgr. Kevin Irwin will participate in the fifth round of the Roman Catholic - United Methodist dialogue on Care for God's Creation from a Sacramental and Eucharistic Perspective.  It will be held at St. Paul's College, Washington, D.C.

Fr. Ford Publishes New Article in Ecumenical Trends

Professor John Ford has recently published an article entitled: “Hispanic Ecumenical Dialogue: Progress and Potential: A Review of Building Bridges, Doing Justice,” in the journal Ecumenical Trends39/11 (December 2010): 4-8, 15.

Fr. Morozowich Publishes Article on the Spirit and Eastern Liturgy

Fr. Mark Morozowich published an article entitled “Where the Spirit Leads: Two Eastern Liturgical Traditions and the Holy Spirit,” inLiturgical Ministry 19 (2010) 157–66.

Dissertation Defense: Jeremy Sienkiewicz

Final Examination of Jeremy Sienkiewicz for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dr. White publishes article on Theological College

Professor Joseph M. White published the article, “A Seminary for the Nation’s Pontifical University: The Founding of the Theological College of the Catholic University of America” in U.S. Catholic Historian 28 (Summer, 2010): 19-42, for the journal’s issue on Catholic Higher Education. 

Dr. Pecknold presents paper "On Augustine's Use of theSaeculum"

STRS Professor Chad Pecknold addressed a group of philosophers and theologians gathered from around the country for the "Faith in a Secular Age" research project on the CUA campus on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.  His paper treats the differences between classical, medieval and modern understandings of the "secular."

Dr. Grabowski publishes new Article

Professor John S. Grabowski has published the article, “Formation in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life,”  in A Book of Readings on Marriage.  (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2010), pp. 26-30.

Dr. Pecknold at JPII Institute Symposium on "Caritas in Veritate"

Dr. Pecknold served as a Moderator for "Family, Common Good, and the Economic Order: A Symposium on Caritas in Veritate" at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, DC on December 3-4, 2010.  This symposium was held in McGivney Hall.

Dissertation Defense: Elizabeth-Jane Pavlick McGuire

Final Examination of Elizabeth-Jane Pavlick McGuire for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on December 2, 2010 at 10:30a.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Patrick James Fletcher

Final Examination of Patrick James Fletcher for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on December 3rd, 2010 at 10:00 am in Cladwell Hall, room 125.


Fr. Witczak gives Lecture at St. Mark's Church in Vienna

STRS professor, Fr. Michael Witczak spoke at St. Mark Catholic Church, Vienna, VA, on the topic: “The Language of the Mass: Perspectives and Prospects,” on Sunday, November 21.

Fr. Matera given CUA's 2010 Overall Teaching Excellence Award

Father Matera was honored with the Overall Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to a faculty member who has excelled in teaching for at least 10 years. In the words of Dr. Brennan, Father Matera is “a model of the teacher-scholar providing consistent instruction informed by the highest standards of scholarship.”  Congratulations to Fr. Matera!

Msgr McPartlan at ITC Plenary Meeting

From 29 November to 3 December, Msgr Paul McPartlan participated in the plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission (ITC) in Rome. The ITC is currently considering three topics: the principles of theology, the question of one God in relation to the three monotheistic religions, and the integration of the social doctrine of the Church in the wider context of Christian doctrine.

Dr. Miller and STRS Doctoral Student to Present at National Conference.

At the Society of Biblical Literature annual meetings in Atlanta, November 20-23, STRS Professor Robert Miller presented the paper “Both Written and Oral: the Dual Nature of Israelite Tradition,” and Angela Rasmussen, a doctoral student in Biblical Studies, presented, “Versions of Esther: Hebrew Satire and Greek Drama.”

Dean Renamed Consultor to USCCB

Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin has been nominated to serve another term as a consultor to the United States Bishops Conference Committee on Divine Worship.  He held this position in the mid 1990’s and again from 2004 to the present.  In a letter dated November 8, 2010 incoming bishop Chair Gregory Aymond of New Orleans made the appointment which confirmed a telephone conversation in mid October.  Responsibilities include reviewing liturgical documentation for the US bishops and attendance at (at least) one full day meeting annually of the bishop members of the Committee, bishops’ consultors, the staff of the Divine Worship Secretariat of the Committee and other appointed consultors.  This meeting normally takes place on the Sunday before the November meeting of the USCCB.

Dr. Mark Wedig Lectures at CUA on Liturgical Enviroment

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, Dr. Mark Wedig, OP, professor of theology at Barry University and graduate of CUA, returned to campus to deliver a lecture on the hermeneutics of the liturgical environment. The lecture offers suggestions on being aware of one's own ascetic judgments when looking at a building, the importance of the participation of the people in shaping the environment and on how the history of a community has shaped its liturgical environment.  Follow the link above to view the video of the lecture.

Dr. White Presents Course in Wyoming

Dr. Joseph M. White presented a weekend course in the history of the U.S. Catholic Church to the eighteen permanent deacon candidates of the Diocese of Cheyenne, November 5-7, 2010, at St. Anthony Parish Center, Casper, Wyoming.

Dissertation Defense: Silvio Fonseca Martinez

Final Examination of Rev. Msgr. Silvio Fonseca Martinez for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on November 10, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dean Speaks at Virginia Commonwealth University

Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin travelled to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia on Wednesday November 3rd to deliver a lecture in honor of Bishop Walter J. Sullivan and the Endowed Chair at VCU established in his honor.  The dean spoke on “Liturgy and Ecumenism – Practical, Profound and Prophetic.” The attendance at the lecture was the highest ever for this endowed series. Bishop Sullivan, a long time friend of CUA, attended the lecture and reception that followed.  

Fr. Brian Daley Visits STRS to Speak with Doctoral Students

Brian E. Daley, S.J., the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, visited CUA on Thursday, October 28th, to speak to the doctoral seminar, TRS 868H: "La nouvelle théologie."  Father Daley, the past president of the North American Patristic Society and the author of numerous articles and books on historical theology, spoke on Henri de Lubac's insights into scriptural interpretation, particularly in reference to patristic exegesis and its continuing contemporary relevance."

Dr. Wessel Publishes Three New Articles

STRS Professor Susan Wessel has published three new articles, “The Morality of Disgust in John Chrysostom and Jerome,” in the journal Augustinianum 50 (2010), 147-162, “Human Action and the Passions in Nemesios of Emessa,” in the journal Studia Patristica 48 (2010), 3-13, and  “Memory and Individuality in Gregory of Nyssa’sDialogus de anima et resurrectione,” in Journal of Early Christian Studies 18 (2010), 369-392.

Fr. Wiseman's Article Appears in Journal for Scholastic Honor Society

Fr. James Wiseman has published the article "Human and Divine Freedom in the Teaching of the Christian Mystics" in Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal 55, no. 3 (Fall 2010): 80-90.  This is the journal of the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society.

Dissertation Defense: Paul S. Jeon

Final Examination of Paul S. Jeon for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on November 5, 2010 3:10 p.m., Caldwell hall room 125.


Fr. Wiseman Lectures on Miracles at Parish in Gaithersburg

On Saturday, October 30, Fr. James Wiseman gave a lecture on the topic of miracles at St. Rose of Lima parish in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  It was part of that parish’s series of lectures on topics relating to issues in science-and-religion.

Msgr McPartlan in Fulda for Catholic-Methodist Dialogue

From 29 October to 5 November, Msgr Paul McPartlan will be at the Catholic Seminary in Fulda, Germany, for the plenary meeting of the International Commission for Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council. The Commission hopes to finalise at this meeting its next agreed statement on various questions of sacramental theology.

Fr. Ford Gives Presentations at Two Events

STRS Professor John Ford gave presentations at two recent events.  The first was for the Faith and Order Commission, National Council of Churches, University of Santa Clara.  The presentation was titled: “Ecclesial Preferences and Ecumenical Approaches” (October 15).  The second event was the Newman-Scotus Symposium, Washington Theological Union.  Fr. Ford's presentations were titled: “Newman’s Reasonable Approach to Faith” (October 22) and “Newman’s Personalist Argument for Belief in God” (October 23).

STRS Doctoral Candidate Publishes Article in Journal of Religion and Health

STRS Doctoral Candidate, Clare McGrath-Merkle, OCDS has recently published an article in the Journal of Religion and Health entitled, “Generativity and the U.S. Roman Catholic Bishops’ Responses to Priests’ Sexual Abuse of Minors” in Volume 49, Number 1. A second article will appear online in November for the same publication entitled, “Gregory the Great’s Metaphor of the Physician of the Heart as a Model for Pastoral Identity.” Exploring a case history of apostolic identity, Clare also wrote the introduction and interview questions for the autobiographical account of Catholic thaumaturge Stella Davis, published in August and entitled, Spiritual Warfare: Lessons on Deliverance from Spiritual Bondage to Freedom in Christ, available on Clare will also present a paper at the Religious Research Association’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, October 31st, held in conjunction with the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. The program theme is Religion in Unsettled Times. Her paper entitled, “Deritualization of the Roman Catholic Priesthood and Episcopacy in the Current Crises of Sexual Misconduct and Vocations.”

Dean’s Lectures Published in Chicago Studies

The current issue of Chicago Studies contains the lectures Dean Kevin Irwin delivered at the Mundelein Seminary last March:

  • “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium: Context, Text and Unfinished Business.”
  • “Implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium: Undertaken and Unfinished.”

These lectures were the first in a series of four in the Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecture Series on the documents of Vatican II. When the lectures have all been delivered the Mundelein Seminary will publish them in a book.

Dr. Miller Presents Lecture at University of Maryland

Dr. Robert Miller presented a lecture, “Oral Tradition in the Hebrew Bible” on Wednesday, October 20th, at the University of Maryland as part of the Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies fall speakers’ series.

Alumnus has Book Published

Barry Hudock (STL in Sacramental Theology) has just published The Eucharistic Prayer; A User’s Guide from The Liturgical Press.  It is a rewritten version of his STL thesis, directed by Dean Kevin Irwin.  The Dean also wrote the Forward to the book.

Dr. Mattison to Speak at Columbia University School of Law

Professor William Mattison spoke on October 19th at Columbia University School of Law.  His lecture is titled: “Imago Dei:  Simultaneously Ineradicable Possession and Exalted Calling” and is co-sponsored by Columbia’s Christian Legal Society and Columbia Catholic Ministry.

STRS Faculty Contribute to and are Featrued in: “Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ

Dean Kevin Irwin and Msgr. Paul McPartlan are featured in an interactive DVD (released in the U.S. on Oct. 14th, 2010) on the Eucharist.  The title is taken from the third Eucharistic prayer (“become one body, one spirit in Christ”). 

The DVD is based on five foundational essays:

  • “Theological Reflections on the Mass and on The Roman  Missal” – Msgr. Irwin
  • “Liturgical Roles and Ministries” – Msgr. McPartlan
  • “A Walk Through the Mass” – Sr. Janet Baxendale, S.C. (New York)
  • “Crafting the Art of Liturgy” - -Canon Alan Griffiths (United Kingdom)
  • “Living A Eucharistic Life” – Msgr. Irwin

It was produced by Fraynework Multimedia, based in Melbourne, Australia and edited by CUA Liturgy alum, Rev. Peter G. Williams ofParamattaAustralia.

The contents of the DVD are accessible on many levels from a series of interviews and juxtaposed comments by over forty “experts” to the texts of the essays themselves. Interspersed is footage of liturgies being celebrated and settings for worship.

The project was sponsored by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy under the leadership of Bishop Arthur Roache of the diocese of LeedsUK.  Work was begun in October 2006 and was revised and recast at semi annual meetings of “The Leeds Group” from October 2006 through December 2009.  The DVD was occasioned by the retranslation of The Roman Missal whose implementation date in the USA is the First Sunday of Advent, 2011.

Fr. Ford and Dr. Ruddy represent USCCB at Meeting in California

Professors Rev. John Ford, C.S.C., and Christopher Ruddy (along with STRS alumna, Dr. Barbara Sain of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN) represented the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at a biannual meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ, held on October 14-15 at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

Dissertation Defense: John Barba

Final Examination of John A. Barba for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; October 25, 2010 9:00 a.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Msgr Paul McPartlan at Scranton for Ecumenical Symposium

Msgr Paul McPartlan was at the University of Scranton on Friday 15 October, to take part in a symposium on 'The Church of Christ and Ecumenism: 10 Years after Dominus Iesus.' He also gave an evening keynote address entitled:Seeking an Exchange of Gifts: Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Methodist Dialogue.  The full text of Dominus Iesus can be found on the Vatican Website.

Dr. Benson gives Lecture on John Pecham at CUA and Villanova

Professor Joshua Benson presented his lecture, "Fons sapientiae verbum Dei in excelsis: John Pecham's Lost Inaugural Lecture at Paris?" on Wednesday, October 20th at 5:15 pm in Caldwell Hall Auditorium.  He gave the same lecture at the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villinova that weekend.

Dissertation Defense: Reginald La Fleur

Final Examination of Rev. Msgr. Reginald La Fleur for the degree of Doctor of Ministry; October 20, 2010 - 3:30 p.m., Caldwell Hall room 125.

Dr. Mardaga Invited to be External Researcher at North-West University, South Africa

Dr. Hellen Mardaga has been invited to become an external research collaborator of the Research Unit of the Faculty of Theology of the North-West University inSouth Africa. The appointment allows her to have access to the available research facilities and participate in activities held by the university. In becoming a member, North-West University expresses its hope that Dr. Mardaga will help stimulate and expand theological research in South Africa by means of her expertise in the field of New Testament studies. 

STRS Doctoral Student Published in Newman Studies Journal

Robert Saley, a doctoral student in Historical/Systematic Theology, published the article "Two Models of Figural Historiography: Newman and de Lubac" in the fall issue of Newman Studies Journal, 18-28. 

Dean Irwin Presents at National Convention

Msgr. Kevin Irwin was a major presenter at the annual meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, Oct. 6-7 in AlexandriaLouisiana.  He and Rev. Paul Turner, D.L.S., delivered six lectures and engaged the participants in small group discussion and large group questions and answers over the two day period. The general topic of the Convention was “Welcoming the Third Edition of The Roman Missal; A Gateway To Mystery.”

Major Catholic-Orthodox Document Agreed

At its meeting at Georgetown University from 30 September to 2 October 2010, the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which includes three CUA professors in its membership, Fr John Galvin, Msgr Paul McPartlan and professor emeritus Fr Joseph Komonchak, finalized an unprecedented agreed statement entitled: Steps Towards a Reunited Church. This text, the fruit of several years' work, maps out a possible vision for Catholic-Orthodox reconciliation. The meeting also made an appeal for agreement between Catholics and Orthodox regarding the date of Easter: Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together.

Dissertation Defense: Patricia Mann

Final Examination of Patricia M. Mann for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; October 29, 2010 2:00p.m., Caldwell Hall room 125.

Msgr. Rossetti does Interview with NPR

Professor Stephen Rossetti did an interview on NPR on October 1st.  The title of the segment was "Church Tackles Sex Abuse by Clergy" and was part of the "Faith Matters" program.  Also part of the interview was Dean Diana Garland of the School of Social Work at Baylor University.  Follow the link above to listen to or read the interview.

Dr. Grabowski gives Presentation for Archdiocese of Baltimore Diaconate

Professor John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled: “The Theology of the Body: A Tool for Evangelization and Catechesis” at the Archdiocese of BaltimorePermanent Diaconate Day of Enrichment, St. Louis ChurchClarksvilleMD,October 2, 2010.


Fr. Matera Publishes New Book on Romans

In his new commentary on Romans published by Baker Academic (October 2010), STRS Professor Frank Matera examines cultural context and theological meaning in Romans. This commentary, like each in the eighteen-volume Paideia series, approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions. This commentary on Romans is intended for graduate and seminary students, professors, and pastors. 


CUA Professors in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

Msgr Paul McPartlan and emeritus professor Fr Joseph Komonchak were at Georgetown University, 30 September to 2 October, for a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation.

STRS Alumn Publishes New Book

Dr. Christopher McMahon, a PhD graduate of STRS and now assistant professor of theology at Saint Vincent College, PA, has recently published a new book: Called Together, an Introduction to Ecclesiology, which is available through Anselm Academic Publishers.

Dean Addresses Atlanta Clergy Convocation

Msgr. Kevin Irwin was co presenter at the biannual Clergy Convocation for the priests of the Archdiocese of Atlanta held on Tuesday and Wednesday Sept. 21-22 on the topic of The Implementation of the Roman Missal -- Liturgical  Prayer, Church Belief and Pastoral Practice.  

Dean's Vespers

Follow the link above to read the homily, watch a video recording, and view pictures of the Dean's Vespers.

STRS Alum Publishes New Book

Fr. David Endres' new book, American Crusade: Catholic Youth in the World Mission Movement from World War I through Vatican II, has been recently published by Pickwick Publications.  This is a revision of his doctoral dissertation directed by Dr. Christopher Kauffman in STRS's Church History Academic Area.

Dr. Toom Publishes New Article in Studia Patristica

STRS professor, Tarmo Toom's article titled: “Augustine Becoming Articulate: Conf. 1.8.13,” was recently published in the journal: Studia Patristica 49/19 (2010), 253-8.

Fr. James Wiseman Gives Talk on Monastic Spirituality

On September 18 Fr. James Wiseman gave two talks on the ongoing relevance of monastic spirituality as part of the annual catechists' retreat at St. Patrick Parish, Rockville, Maryland.

Dr. Minnich gives Lecture at Conference in Hungary

Professor Nelson Minnich gave a lecture entitled: “The Implementation of Lateran V by the Councils of San Carlo Borromeo,” at the conference “Quellen und Quellengattungen synodaler und konziliarer Versammlungen” held at the Collegium Adalbertianum Conference Center in Esztergom, Hungary, September 16-20, 2010.  

STRS Faculty attend Workshop at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

On August 26, faculty members of the School of Theology and Religious Studies participated in a workshop at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Hosted by Ms. Victoria Barnett, Director of the Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust, the workshop included a private tour of the museum’s permanent exhibit as well as scholarly discussions on The Churches and the Holocaust, andPost-Holocaust Theology (both Christian and Jewish).  This workshop was especially useful for the STRS FYE Teaching Fellows who serve as instructors for TRS 201: Faith Seeking Understanding, which incorporates the USHMM in its introductory study of theology.  All 30 of the STRS faculty in attendance were eager to discover and explore the resources the museum has to offer for both research and course material.  The attendees were particularly appreciative to have someone as knowledgeable and insightful as Ms. Barnett on hand to guide them through the program.

Msgr McPartlan in Vienna for Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

Msgr Paul McPartlan will be in Vienna, Austria, 20-27 September 2010, for the plenary meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The meeting will continue the intensive work of recent years on the theme of 'The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium', following on from the Ravenna Document of 2007.

Dr. Miller Participates in Academic Colloquy

STRS Professor Robert Miller has been invited to join the Meade Seminar, a scholarly colloquium of biblical scholars and theologians currently hosted by Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA.  

Dr. Minnich Publishes Two Articles on the Fifth Lateran Council

STRS Professor, Nelson Minnich, has recently published two articles. The first, “The Legitimacy of the Fifth Lateran Council,” appeared in the journal Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 40 (2008), 167-194.  The second, entitled: "The Fifth Lateran Council and Preventive Censorship of Printed Books,” appeared in Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia,  series 5, number 3 (2010), 67-104.

STRS New Graduate Student Orientation 2010

New Graduate Student Orientation for the School of Theology and Religious Studies was held on August 30th.  Follow the link above to read the Dean's Address to the new students.

STRS Alumnus, Bishop Michael Ekwoy Apochi Visits with Dean Irwin

Bishop Apochi is Bishop of Otupko, Nigeria and is visiting the States to check on one of his diocese's priests who serving in Texas, and also to meet with Archbishop O'Brien of Baltimore, and finally to make a missionary appeal in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Bishop Apochi stopped by STRS in order to meet with his former professor, Dean Irwin.  For more on Bishop Apochi's visit, please follow the link above.

Dr. Grabowski and Mr. Christopher Gross Co-Publish New Article in Bioethics

STRS Professor John S. Grabowski and STRS PhD candidate Christopher Gross have published an article together entitled,  "Dignitatis personae and the Adoption of Frozen Embryos:  A New Chill Factor?'  in the journal: National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 10, no. 2  (Summer 2010):  307-28.

Dr. Pecknold Publishes New Book on Christianity and Politics

STRS Professor Chad Pecknold's latest book, "Christianity and Politics: A Brief Guide to the History," has just been published in the Cascade Companion series (Cascade Books, 2010).  The book examines how Christianity reshaped the western political imagination with its distinctive theological claims about eschatological time, eucharistic participation, and communion with God and neighbor.  In addition to providing an introduction to the topic, the book makes a theoretical contribution of its own by examining how concepts like the 'mystical body' have changed how we understand such diverse topics as freedom, the relation of faith and political reason, the formation of the conscience, and the unity of the church.



Dr. Grabowski gives Lecture on the Theology of the Body and Marriage

STRS Professor John S. Grabowski lectured on, "The Theology of the Body and Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage,"  at St. Louis Church, Clarksville, MD, on Agust 29, 2010.

Dissertation Defense: John Kartje

Final Examination of Rev. John Kartje for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology; Friday, September 3, 2010 2:30 p.m., Caldwell Hall room 125.

Fr. Heil Publishes New Book on Colossians

STRS Professor John Paul Heil’s new book entitled Colossians: Encouragement to Walk in All Wisdom as Holy Ones in Christ has recently been published by the Society of Biblical Literature as Volume 4 in the Early Christianity and Its Literature series. This book investigates Colossians as a “captivity” letter from the primary implied author, the imprisoned Paul, to an implied audience of mainly Gentile converts currently in danger of influence by local Jews or Jewish Christians. Utilizing a text-centered, literary-rhetorical, and audience-oriented method, it demonstrates new chiastic structures for the entire letter that progressively encourage the audience to resist deceit and conduct themselves according to all the wisdom at their disposal as holy ones in Christ.

Dr. Minnich gives Lecture at Conferences in Germany

“The Fifth Lateran Council as a Theatre for Demonstrating Papal Power,” given on 23 June 2010 at the Conference “Monarchischer Papat oder kollegiale Kirchenleitung? Zeremoniell-Representation-Verfahren,” Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and on 24 June 2010 to the Institut für katholische Theologie and Historisches Seminar I of the Universität zu Köln. 

Fr. Wiseman Publishes new Article on the Eucharist

Fr. James Wiseman recently published the final article in a trilogy about the Eucharist.  Entitled “What and Whom We Remember at Eucharist,” it appeared in Emmanuel 116, no. 5 (Sept./Oct. 2010): 420-425.  In addition, several of his previous works have been reprinted in the past few months.  His article “Enveloped by Mystery,” about the French Benedictine monk Henri Le Saux (a.k.a. Swami Abhishiktananda), originally appearing in the Canadian journal Eglise et Théologie, was included in the book God’s Harp String: The Life and Legacy of the Benedictine Monk Swami Abhishiktananda, ed. William Skudlarek (Brooklyn, NY: Lantern Books, 2010): 81-103.  Two books that he co-edited and to which he contributed have been reprinted under slightly different titles:  The Spiritual Life: A Dialogue of Buddhist and Christian Monastics and Finding Peace in Troubled Times:  Buddhistand Christian Monastics on Transforming Suffering, both published this year by Lantern Books.

Sr. Nguyen and Dr. Ekeh deliver Papers at the National Newman Conference

STRS PhD student, Sr. Chau Nguyen, O.P., and Professor Ono Ekeh both delivered papers on August 6 during the National Newman Conference at the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Sr. Nguyen's paper was titled: "Encountering Truth: A study of the Theological Method of John Henry Newman's An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine."  Dr. Ekeh's paper was titled: "Solitude and Journey: Two Central Themes in the Spirituality of John Henry Newman."

Dr. Miller Delivers a Paper to Old Testament Congress in Helsinki

STRS professor Robert Miller will deliver a paper on Oral Tradition in the Old Testament to the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament congress in Helsinki, Finland, August 5th.


Dr. Minnich has Book Review Published

Professor Nelson Minnich has published a review of the book: Reject Aeneas, Accept Pius: Selected Letters of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II), introduced and translated by Thomas M. Izbicki, Gerald Christianson, and Philip Krey (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2006), Pp. xvi, 435, in The Jurist 70 (2010), 240-241.

Fr. Begg Invited to Deliver a Paper at Colloquium in Belgium

STRS Professor Christopher Begg attended the 69th Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense in LouvainBelgium, July 26-28, 2010 and delivered an invited paper, “The Rewritings of the Book of Joshua in Josephus and Pseudo-Philo.”

Msgr. Rossetti Publishes Paper in Origins

On Friday, June 18th, STRS professor Stephen Rossetti delivered an address entitled:  “The Relationship of Priests and Bishops Today”  at the U.S. Bishop's Spring meeting in St. Petersburg.  The paper was subsequently published inOrigins, pages 158-159 of the July 22, 2010 Vol 40, Number 10 issue.  Follow the link above to view the article.


CUA Faculty contribute to NCEA Book

Rev. Melvin Blanchette, S.S., Rector of Theological College, and Rev. Msgr. Steven Rossetti, Associate Clinical Professor, were members of the Committee of Consultors who oversaw the five year study on seminarians recently published as Psychological Assessment: The Testing and Screening of Candidates for Admission to the Priesthood in the U.S. Catholic Church.  The study was undertaken by the Seminary Committee of the National Catholic Education Association in collaboration with The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.   In addition to the Executive Summary and short essays by Msgr. Mark Bartchak, Bishop Earl Boyea and Dr. Ronald Karney the four parts of the summary concern: Components of Assessment and Screening, Areas of Assessment, Psychological Evaluation, and Canonical and Legal Concerns.

Dr. Grabowski Participates in Conference on Human Fertility

From July 15-17th STRS Professor John Grabowski attended and served as a moderator at the third interdisciplinary conference "Human Fertility: Where Faith and Science Meet" cosponsored by STRS, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Marquette University, Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, and the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Milwaukee, WI.


Fr. Heil publishes New Book on Philippians

STRS Professor John Paul Heil’s new book entitled Philippians: Let Us Rejoice in Being Conformed to Christ has recently been published by the Society of Biblical Literature as Volume 3 in the Early Christianity and Its Literature series. It demonstrates how the Philippians are persuaded by the dynamic progression of the letter’s chiastic structures to rejoice along with Paul and other believers in being conformed, with all of the broad implications of such conformity, to Christ. 

Fr. Begg Delivers Lecture at Johannes-Gutenberg University Conference

STRS Professor Christopher Begg delivered an invited lecture, “The Day of Atonement according to Josephus”  at the International Conference: Themes in Biblical Narrative: The Day of Atonement, held at the Johannes-GutenbergUniversityMainzGermany, July 8-10, 2010.

Dr. Minnich has published an Online Bibliography on Oxford Database

Professor Nelson Minnich has had the bibliography: “Councils, General: Pisa I (1409) to Lateran V (1512-17)” (55 pp.), “Julius II,” (10 pp.) and “Leo X” (23 pp.), entered into Oxford Bibliographies Online: Renaissance (2010) (

Dr. Grabowski Publishes New Article

STRS Professor John Grabowski has published an article entitled, "Response to Gilbert Meilaender,' in Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture 3, no. 1 (2009):  129-30.



Fr. Heil Publishes New Book on Hebrews

STRS Professor John Paul Heil’s new book entitled Hebrews: Chiastic Structures and Audience Response has recently been published by The Catholic Biblical Association of America as Volume 46 in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series. It proposes an entirely new comprehensive structure for the Letter to the Hebrews.



Fr. Matera publishes New Book on Romans

STRS Professor Frank Matera's new book entitled Preaching Romans: Proclaiming God's Saving Grace has recently been published by The Liturgical Press.  After providing preachers with an overview of Romans and its major themes, the book examines the Sunday and Weekday Lectionary readings that deal with Paul's letter to the Romans with a view to explaining how they can be preached.

Msgr McPartlan at Brisbane Conference on Prayer

Msgr Paul McPartlan gave two keynote addresses and six workshops at a major conference on prayer in Brisbane, Australia, 7-10 July 2010. The conference, Pray 2010, was an initiative of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and involved over 130 presenters. Msgr McPartlan's keynotes were entitled: 'The Eucharist Makes the Church' and 'Praying with Creation: The Cosmic Aspects of Eucharist'; and his workshops were on 'Praying the Mass' and 'Reclaiming Sunday as the Day of Prayer'.


Dean Participates in National Ecumenical Dialogue

Msgr. Kevin Irwin participated in the semi annual meeting of the Roman Catholic - United Methodist dialogue at St. Paul's College, Washington, D. C from Monday noon to Wednesday noon, June 28th - 30th. The overall topic for the dialogue was "The Eucharist and the Stewardship of Creation."  Dean Irwin presented a paper entitled "Sacramentality: The Fundamental Language of Liturgy and the Sacraments."

Catholic University Alumnus Named Bishop of Spokane

The School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Catholic University of America congratulates the Most Reverend Blaise Cupich for his appointment as the Bishop of Spokane, Washington. The Diocese of Spokane has close ties with the Catholic University of America as many of its priests received their formation and there are currently four men in theological studies and reside at Theological College. The former Bishop of Rapid City was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Omaha and studied Sacramental Theology at the School of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of America. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theological in 1979 and then he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a dissertation entitled: Advent in the Roman Tradition: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods in 1987. 

Dr. Charles Jones tours Chinese Temples

STRS professor Charles Jones will participate in the Woodenfish China Program from June 30 to July 24.  This program, organized jointly by the Fo Guang Shan temple in Taiwan and the Chinese Academy of Social Science, will take a group of scholars and graduate students in Chinese Buddhism on a tour of temple sites from Shanghai to Beijing to Mt. Wutai, where they will lodge and hear lectures from Chinese scholars.  After the tour, Dr. Jones will return to Beijing to visit with current STRS graduate student Meng Zhang and visit with Dr. Xianian Huang, one of the leading scholars in the field.

Fr. Ford publishes new Article in Journal of Ecumenical Studies

STRS professor John Ford has recently published the article, “Unity and Mission: A Pilgrimage of Accompaniment,” in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45/2 (Spring 2010): 187-200.

Dean Participates in National Ecumenical Dialogue

Msgr. Kevin Irwin will participate in the semi annual meeting of the Roman Catholic - United Methodist dialogue at St. Paul's College, Washington, D. C from  Monday noon to Wednesday noon, June 28th - 30th. The overall topic for the dialogue is "The Eucharist and the Stewardship of Creation."  Dean Irwin will present a paper entitled "Sacramentality: The Fundamental Language of Liturgy and the Sacraments."

Msgr McPartlan at Brisbane Conference on Prayer

Msgr Paul McPartlan will be giving two keynote addresses and six workshops at a major conference on prayer in Brisbane, Australia, 7-10 July 2010. The conference,Pray 2010, is an initiative of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and will involve over 130 presenters. Msgr McPartlan's keynotes are entitled: 'The Eucharist Makes the Church' and 'Praying with Creation: The Cosmic Aspects of Eucharist'; and his workshops are on 'Praying the Mass' and 'Reclaiming Sunday as the Day of Prayer'.

Dr. Matera gives Lectures at Georgetown Scripture Institute

Professor Frank J. Matera, the Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America, will participate in the Georgetown Scripture Institute, June 21-25 .

The author of a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Galatians (Sacra Pagina Series), he will deliver five lectures on Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

  1. The Origin of Paul’s Gospel
  2. The Gospel Paul Preaches
  3. The Law, The Spirit, Justification by Faith
  4. The Danger of Returning to the Past
  5. The Spirit and the Flesh

STRS Faculty at CTSA

Several STRS faculty and  participated in the sixty-fifth annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America held in Cleveland, Ohio June 10-13th.

  • Dr. James Wiseman delivered a paper entitled “Is Richard Dawkins a Prophet?”
  • Dr. Christopher Ruddy delivered a paper on “Yves Congar: Prophetic, Patient Reformer.”  Dr. Ruddy also serves as a member of the Administrative Team on “The ‘Patient and Fraternal Dialogue’ Toward a Reformed Papacy.”  He will be the Convener of this study group at next year’s convention in San Jose, California.
  • Dr. Joseph Capizzi presented a paper on “The Condemnation of Torture and Recent Catholic Teaching.”
  • Dr. William Mattison was the convener of the Moral Theology group addressing “Judging Torture: Prophetic Approaches in Moral Theology” and shares responsibility for the administrative team of this study group.

Other STRS faculty in attendance were Dean Kevin Irwin, Drs. Margaret Mary Kelleher, Brian Johnstone and Chad Pecknold.

STRS continued its annual tradition of hosting a reception for alumni, faculty, students and friends.  Among the recent alumni attending the convention were Dr, Mark Allman (Merrimack College), Dr. James Keating (Providence College), Dr. Johnathan Tran (Xavier University), Dr. Rose Beal (Sr. Mary’s College, Winona, Mn.)  and Dr. Richard McCarron (Catholic Theological Union). 

The alumni who travelled the farthest to attend were Sr. Helen Bergin, O.P. and Rev Dr. John Dunne, from Auckland, New Zealand!

Dean and Associate Dean Speak at Notre Dame

Dean Kevin Irwin and Associate Dean Mark Morozowich delivered major addresses at the annual conference held by the Center for Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame from Monday to Thursday June 14th – 17th.  The theme of the conference was “Unfolding the Mystery of Christ – Exploring Liturgical Time.” Dean Irwin’s talk was on “The Mystery of the Incarnation:  Advent-Christmas-Epiphany.” Assoc. Dean Morozowich’s was on “The Mystery of the Resurrection: Lent-Easter-Pentecost.”   Father Morozowich also offered a “Breakout Session” on “Liturgical Time in the Eastern Church.”

Dr. Capizzi recognized by Maryland Catholic Conference Board for work in Stem Cell Commission

STRS Professor, Joseph Capizzi, was recognized on Wednesday, June 2nd in Baltimore during a meeting of  the Maryland Catholic Conference Board.  Archbishop Wuerl and the other Bishops serving Maryland thanked Dr. Capizzi for his work on behalf of the Church as a member of the Maryland State Stem Cell Commission.  The meeting was held at St. Mary’s Seminary & University.

STRS Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

Professor Paul McPartlan and Emeritus Professor Joseph Komonchak were at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston MA, 1-3 June 2010, for a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation.


Dr. Jones delivers two lectures at Fo Guang University in Yilan, Taiwan

On Wednesday, May 26th, 2010, STRS Professor Charles B. Jones presented “The Lord of Heaven or the Great Ultimate? Chinese Responses to the Jesuits’ Proposition of a Primordial Chinese Monotheism.”  On Thursday, May 27th, 2010, he presented  “Foundations of Ethics and Practice in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism.” This lecture was delivered in Mandarin Chinese.  Follow the link above to view a few photos of the event.

Fr. Wiseman Publishes new Article in Emmanuel

Fr. James Wiseman has published the second of a series of three articles on the Eucharist.  This one, titled "The Eucharist: The Greatest of All Prayers," appears in Emmanuel 116, no. 4 (July/Aug. 2010), pp. 311-318.

Fr. Wiseman's Book Contributions Re-Printed

Two books that STRS professor, James Wiseman, had earlier contributed to and co-edited have been reprinted by a different publisher (New York: Lantern Books, 2010) and under new titles:  The Spiritual Life: A Dialogue between Buddhist and Christian Monastics  and Finding Peace in Troubled Times: Buddhist and Christian Monastics on Transforming Suffering.

Fr. Morozowich Speaks at Liturgical Conference in Greece

STRS professor, Rev. Mark Morozowich, delivered a paper entitled, "Jerusalem Celebration of Great Week Evening Services from Monday to Wednesday in the First Millennium" at the third meeting of the Society of Oriental Liturgy in Volos, Greece. The sixty participants came from all of the world to share in the discussions and to focus on issues relative to the scholarly study of eastern liturgy. Fr. Morozowich is the immediate past President of the Society.

Dr. Grabowski attends 2010 Academy of Catholic Theology Conference

Dr. John Grabowski attended the 2010 Academy of Catholic Theology Conference on “God’s Word and Human Speech” here in DC May 25-27.

Dissertation Defense: Raphael Asika

Final Examination of Rev. Raphael Asika, M.S.P., for the degree of Doctor of Ministry held on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Room 125.  Topic: A Program for Enhancing Awareness among Seminarians in Nigeria about the Implications of Sexual Abuse of Children and Young People

STRS Commencement 2010

Follow the link above to view a slideshow of the day's events and to read the Dean's Commencement Address to the graduates.   For graduates: please email Thomas Palanza at for information about recieving your photo with the Dean.

Fr. Armstrong's book, The Franciscan Tradition, published

The Franciscan Tradition, the third volume of the Liturgical Press series, Spirituality in History, written by Regis J. Armstrong and Ingrid Peterson, presents an anthology of writings by or about persons who have lived it, together with brief biographical introductions. In addition to Francis and Clare of Assisi, this volume considers such figures as Anthony of Padua, Junipero Serra, the Martyrs of Nagasaki, Maximillian Kolbe, Marianne Cope of Molakai, and Matt Talbott.

Fr. Wiseman gives talk on Capitol Hill

Fr. James Wiseman gave a talk on Capitol Hill on May 14 to a group of congressional staffers.  His talk was titled "Christian Teaching on Greed and Its Relevance to the Recent Economic Crisis."  The program was sponsored by Faith & Law, a volunteer, nonprofit organization that helps congressional staff better understand the implications of the Christian worldview for their calling to the public square.

Dr. Robert Miller publishes new essay

Dr. Miller’s essay is “A ‘New Cultural History’ of Early Israel,” chapter 8 in Israel in Transition: From Late Bronze II to Iron IIA (c. 1250-850 BCE): Volume 2, ed. Lester L. Grabbe (European Seminar in Historical Methodology 8; New York: T & T Clark International, 2010).

Dr. Charles Jones publishes new article in Journal of Global Buddhism

Professor Jones' article in entitled: “Modernization and Traditionalism in Buddhist Almsgiving: The Case of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu-chi Association in Taiwan,” in the Journal of Global Buddhism 10 (2009): pp. 255 – 290.

Msgr McPartlan at Lexington Clergy Convocation

Msgr Paul McPartlan is at St Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana, 10-12 May 2010, giving a series of talks on ecumenism to the clergy of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky.

Professor Thomas Norris of St Patrick's, Ireland gives Lecture at STRS

Rev. Norris, professor of systematic theology at St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, Ireland and a member of the International Theological Commission, gave a lecture entitled: "Steps Towards a Trinitarian Ontology," Friday, May 7th, at 4:30 pm in the Happel Room, Caldwell Hall.


STRS honors Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Follow the link above to view information and a slideshow of the STRS Undergraduate Recognition Reception.  TRS major and graduating senior, Andrew Schade, was awarded the Sloyan Award for academic excellence in the study of Theology and Religion.  This is the school's highest award for an Undergraduate Student.  Also recognized were this year's new TAK inductees, the honor society for Theology and Religious Studies.  Congratulations to all!

STRS Dean meets with Representatives from the Embassies of Costa Rica and Belize

Msgr. Kevin Irwin welcomed distinguished representatives from the embassies of Costa Rica and Belize on April 27th, the final in-class session of students participating in TRS 158 International Mission Experience. This course, a collaborative endeavor of STRS and Campus Ministry, provides students with the opportunity to address issues of poverty and social justice within academic and real-world settings.  The academic element, taught by Dr. Harry Rissetto, addresses many of the religious, historical, anthropological, political and economic issues facing those living in Central America.  This summer, the course culminates with a twenty-one-day in-country service learning experience in which students are invited to live out Jesus' call to service by living with and working for the poor in Costa Rica and Belize.

From left to right: Ambassador Nestor Mendez and Ms. Kendall Belise (Embassy of Belize), Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Ms. Anna Maria Oduber (Embassy of Costa Rica), and Dr. Harry Risetto

Dr. John Grabowski has article published online by USCCB

STRS professor John Grabowski's article, “Formation in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life” has been published on the USCCB’s website for Catechetical Sunday, September 19, 2010: Marriage: Sacrament of Enduring Love.  Follow the link above to view the article.

Round-table Discussion on Social Networking

On Tuesday, April 20, faculty and graduate students of the Pastoral Studies Area (Rel. Ed., Spirituality and DMin Programs) came together for a Roundtable discussion on the use of social networking for study and ministry.  Using Benedict XVI's 43rd World Communication Message as a launching pad, the group discussed the nature, values, challenges and possibilities of social networking as a means of evangelization and Christian formation.   

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti publishes article in Origins Journal

STRS Professor Stephen Rossetti has recently published an article entitled, "Trials will Leave Preisthood, Church Stronger," in the April 2010 issue of Origins.  The article can be viewed by following the above link.

New Online Liturgy Course offered by STRS

TRS 540, an Introduction to Liturgy and Sacraments, a pre-requisite course for the graduate level liturgical studies, provides students who have not taken a course on the liturgy the foundations necessary for further study. Fr. Mark Morozowich will guide the learners through the historical development and theology of the Church's liturgy with attention to: the constitutive elements of worship (word, language, music, environment, ritual), the relationship of liturgy and spirituality, and post Vatican II reforms. The student will interact online with the professor and other students forming a virtual learning community. This asynchronous course begins May 24 and ends July 17. For more information please contact Fr. Mark at

TRS Faculty Member Participates in Medieval Studies Round Table Discussion at CUA

Fr. Mark Morozowich presented an update on the state of Byzantine Liturgical Studies at the Byzantine and Medieval Studies Center Round Table on April 21, 2010. The panelist included: Joan Tasker Grimbert, Modern Languages; Frank A.C. Mantello, Greek and Latin; Kenneth J. Pennington, Law and Canon Law; Kevin White, Philosophy; and Stephen Wright, English.

Dissertation Defense: Stephen Wilbricht

Final Examination of Rev. Stephen S. Wilbricht, C.S.C. for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125

Dissertation Defense: Laurie Mellinger

Final Examination of Laurie A. Mellinger for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 12:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Wenxi Zhang

Final Examination of Rev. Wenxi Zhang for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy April 26, 2010 at 3:10 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dr. Jennifer Herdt gives Lecture at STRS

Professor Jennifer Herdt, associate professor of Theology at Notre Dame, gave a lecture entitled: "Liturgy, Virtue, and the Temptations of the Secular: Learning from Augustine," on Thursday April 15th from 4:30-6:00 in the Happel Room (Caldwell 100).

Msgr Rossetti receives Touchstone Award from NFPC

The President of the NFPC, Father Richard Vega, and the Board of Directors of the National Federation of Priest's Council's announced Reverend Monsignor Stephen J. Rossetti as the 2010 Touchstone Award recipient on April 13, 2010 at the annual convocation of the NFPC in Houston, Texas.  The Touchstone Award is presented to the priest who, in the view of the Board of Directors and president of the NFPC, is one whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purpose and goals of the Federation.  In particular, his leadership enhances the ministry of others and his words and deeds support the life and ministry of priests; thus he is, as it were, a touchstone for genuine, quality priesthood.

Dissertation Defense: Matthew Ernest

Final Examination of Rev. Matthew Ernest for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:00a.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Michael P. Dante

Final Examination of Michael Dante for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:30 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Robert C. Koerpel

Final Examination of Robert C. Koerpel for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Caldwell Room 113.

Dissertation Defense: Paul A. Maillet

Final Examination of Rev. Paul A. Maillet for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology, Friday, April 16, 2010 3:15 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

STRS Professor's article translated into Spanish and published in Pastores journal

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti's article, "De La Ira a la Gratitud: Llegar a ser personas Eucharisticas.  From Anger to Gratitude: Becoming Eucharistic People," was recently translated and published in the Argentinian journal Pastores, p. 62-72.  The article can be viewed by following the link above.

STRS Professor at ITC Meeting in Rome

Msgr Paul McPartlan is in Rome, 7-10 April, for the meeting of a subcommission of the International Theological Commission.

STRS Professor publishes article in Emmanuel

Fr. James Wiseman has published an article entitled "Approaching the Eucharist: The Importance of Self-Giving," inEmmanuel 116, no. 3 (May/June 2010): 204-210.


STRS Professor Publishes article in Family Perspectives Journal

“Divorce and Remarriage in the NT:  Clarifying the Bases for the Church’s Teaching.”  Family Perspectives Journal.  Vol. 28, no. 2 (Spring 2010), 8-9 (Posted March 31, 2010).

STRS Professor to participate in 'Writing Theology" program at Princeton University

Fr. James Wiseman has been selected to participate in a program on "Writing Theology" to be held from June 20 through July 10 at the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton University.  The program is being led by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and theologian Marilynne Robinson.  Fr. Wiseman's project will deal with ways in which the world's spiritual traditions have been (and are) fostering peace.

STRS Professor gives lecture for Undergraduate Students

Dr. John Grabowski gave a “CUA  on Tap” Presentation titled: “Explicit Content/ Tough Issues:  Pornography, Contraception, Same – Sex Marriage, and Women’s Ordination” on March 25, 2010.

STRS Professor publishes article in Political Theology

Dr. Pecknold has published an article entitled "Migrations of the Host:  Fugitive Democracy and the Corpus Mysticum," inPolitical Theology, Vol.11, No. 1 (Spring 2010), pp 77-101.

STRS Professor publishes article in Worship

Sr. Margaret Mary Kelleher has published the article: “Liturgy, Culture, and the Challenge of Catholicity” in the journal, Worship, 84:2 (March 2010) 98-120.

STRS Professor gives presentation to Pilgrimage Directors

On March 23 Fr. James Wiseman gave a presentation on "Faith in a Secular Age" to a group of pilgrimage directors who had come to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception from different parts of the country for their annual workshop.

STRS Professor gives two talks at Institute of Carmelite Studies

On March 24, Fr. James Wiseman gave two talks to the editorial board of the Institute of Carmelite Studies during their semi-annual meeting.  His first presentation was titled "The Spirituality of St. Thomas Aquinas" and the second was on "Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer."

Msgr McPartlan in Altoona-Johnstown

Msgr Paul McPartlan was in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Friday, 26 March, speaking at a priesthood day for the clergy in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He gave two talks relating to the Year for Priests, and then gave an evening talk at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art on the campus of St Francis University to students and the faithful on the theme of priesthood.

Dean delivers Meyer Lectures in Chicago

Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Dean of STRS, delivered the annual Albert Cardinal Meyer lectures at Mundelein Seminary (Chicago, Il.) on Thursday evening  and Friday morning March 25th-26th on the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council.  The topics were “Evaluating Sacrosanctum Concilium: Context, Text and Unfinished Business” and “ImplementingSacrosanctum Concilium: Undertaken and Unfinished.”

Dissertation Defense: Christine Marie Bhutta

Final Examination of Christine Marie Bhutta for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Monday, April 5, 2010 2:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Theresa Veronica Lafferty

Final Examination of Theresa Veronica Lafferty for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

STRS Professor publishes in Green Monasticism Journal

Fr. James Wiseman has had published a chapter entitled "The World as Created, Fallen, and Redeemed," in Green Monasticism: A Buddhist-Catholic Response to an Environmental Calamity, edited by Donald Mitchell and William Skudlarek, O.S.B., pp. 47-58 (New York: Lantern Books, 2010).

STRS Professor gives Lecture for University Honor's Program on C. S. Lewis

Dr. Pecknold will speak this Wednesday (March 24th) on “The Platonic and Catholic Imagination of C.S. Lewis: A Reading from The Great Divorce” as part of the University Honors Council's "C.S. Lewis Month." There will be a short lecture followed by a group discussion. Regan Hall, Room 27.  All are welcome to attend.  

Msgr. Rossetti speaks at Convocation of Alaskan Priests

Msgr Stephen J. Rossetti spoke to the first convocation of all the priests of Alaska.  60 priests and bishops from the three dioceses of Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks gathered in Anchorage from March 12-15.  Msgr. Rossetti spoke on issues of priestly wellness and spirituality.  Two of the priests were delayed in arriving due to an avalanche but thankfully arrived later.

Msgr McPartlan at Providence College, RI

On Friday, 19 March, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at CUA, was at Providence College, Rhode Island, speaking at two events related to the Year for Priests. In the morning, he took part in a dialogue with Rabbi Eugene Korn on the theme of Priesthood, organized by the Theology Department's Committee for Jewish-Catholic Exchange. Then in the afternoon, he delivered the annual St Joseph Lecture on 'Priesthood, Priestliness and Priests'.

Dissertation Defense: Frederick Manella

Final Examination of Frederick A. Mannella for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Monday, March 22, 2010 3:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125.

STRS Professor gives two lectures at University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Charles Jones gave the lectures “Historical and Cultural Contexts for Interreligious Dialogue” and “Pushing Back: Chinese Responses to the Jesuits’ Proposition of a Primordial Chinese Monotheism” at St. Thomas More College, and the Dept. of Religion and Culture, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, March 10 and 11.

STRS Professor Lectures at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

On Sunday, March 7, Fr. John Paul Heil delivered the Seventeenth Annual Monsignor George A. Denzer Lecture, entitled “Worship in Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. 

Dr. Loren Stuckenbruck gives Roland E. Murphy Lecture

The Roland E. Murphy Lecture will take place this Thursday, March 4 in the Happel Room beginning at 7 PM, with a light reception to follow.  The Lecture is sponsored by STRSSA, and features Dr. Loren Stuckenbruck, the Richard Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Dr. Stuckenbruck will lecture on "1 Enoch in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Ethiopian Canon."

STRS Professor publishes article in Catechumenate

Fr. Dominic Serra has published an article entitled "The Scrutinies: Exorcisms That Make Lent a Joyful Season," in the journal Catechumenate: A Journal of Christian Initiation 32 (2010): 19-27.

STRS Professor publishes article in Spiritual Life

Fr. James Wiseman has publlished an article entitled "The Spirituality of Meister Eckhart and Its Implications for Christian Life Today" in the journal Spiritual Life 56, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 10-23.

Dissertation Defense: Jason McFarland

Final Examination of Rev. Jason J. McFarland for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy; Wednesday, March 3, 2010 2:00 p.m., Caldwell Hall Room 125.  Follow the link above for more details.

Dissertation Defense: J. Thomas Petri

Final Examination of Rev. J. Thomas Petri, O.P. for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology, March 5, 2010 9:10 a.m., Caldwell Room 125.  Follow the link above for more details.

Dissertation Defense: Sarah Smith Bartel

Final Examination of Sarah Smith Bartel for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on March 17, 2010 at 10:10 a.m., Caldwell Room 125.  Follow link above for more details.

STRS Professor publishes article in Vigiliae Christianae

Professor Tarmo Toom has published an article entitled: “Hilary of Poitiers’ De Trinitate and the Name(s) of God,” in the journal Vigiliae Christianae 64 (2010):1-24


STRS Professor gives Presentation on Theology of the Body

Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation at an Adult Education Workshop on “The Theology of the Body: Context, Content, Contributions”  at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, HagerstownMD, on February 21, 2010.

Msgr McPartlan at Daylesford Abbey

On Sunday 21 February, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave two presentations on the 'The Church as Communion' to the Norbertine community at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, Pennsylvania.

STRS Professor publishes Article in Ecumenical Trends

Fr. John Ford has recently published an article entitled: “‘Papal Infallibility’ in Ecumenical Perspective” the the journal Ecumenical Trends 39/2 (February 2010): 1-5, 15 [17-21, 31].

STRS Professor to lecture on Terrence Tilley's CTSA Address

All faculty and graduate students are invited to attend a discussion led by Dr. John Galvin on Dr. Terrence Tilley’s CTSA presidential address entitled “Three Impasses in Christology”  Tuesday Feb. 23rd at 4:30p in The Msgr. Happel Room.  Dr. Tilley’s talk appeared in the June 25, 2009 issue of Origins.

STRS Professor Interviewed for Sirius Radio Program Seize The Day with Gus Lloyd

Fr. Mark Morozowich was interviewed on Thursday, February 18, 2010 for the Seize the Day Sirius Radio Program with Gus Lloyd. They discussed the origin and development of Lenten practices as well as the differences between the Roman and Byzantine observances of the Great Fast.

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware to give Figel Address at CUA

This year's WTC Ecumenism Award is given to Metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Diokleia.  Metropolitan Ware will then give the Figel Address. The ceremony and prayer service will be held on Tuesday, February 16th at starting at 4:30 pm in Caldwell Chapel, followed by Metropolitan Ware's lecture in the Msgr. Happel Room.

STRS Professor attends Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome

John Grabowski and his wife Claire were one of 20 Member Couples from around the world to attend (along with bishop members and consultors) the XIXth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome, February 8th - February 10th.  The focus of the meeting was "The Rights of the Child."  The Session included a private audience for the Council with the Holy Father on Monday, February 8th.

STRS Doctoral Candidate To Lecture at Trinity University

Peter Brown will present an "exploration of how present day Catholics can apply St. Paul's words in his letter to Timothy to finding new ways to evangelize the world in the third millennium."  Also in the program is STRS professor Frank Matera who will offer a few remarks after Mr. Brown's presentation.  The program begins at 2:30 pm Sunday, February 21 at Trinity University (Washington) Social Hall.  Evening Prayer and a reception will follow.  The event is open to the public, and admittance is free, but seat reservations can be made by emailing  Follow the link above for full details.

Dean Delivers Major Address at NOCERCC Convention

On Tuesday Feb.  9th Msgr. Kevin Irwin delivered a major address at the annual meeting of the National Organization for the Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy.  The topic for this year's convention was priestly sanctification.  The Dean's particular topic was "Priestly Sanctification and Ministerial Spirituality: Presiding and Preaching at the Sacted Liturgy inthe Life of the Priest."

In addition he presented a workshop entitled "The New Missal: lex orandi, lex credendi in Preaching and Catechesis"  in which he summarized the evolution from the present Sacramentary for Mass to the (new) translations of the Mass payers in The Roman Missal and suggested where and how the priblication of the new translations can be an occasion for catechesis on the Mass. He also summarized the background to and contents of the international resource on the Mass and the Missal entited Become One Body, One Spiritm in Christ" sponsored by "The Leeds Group" under the sponsorchip of Bishop Arthur Roache and  the International Commission on English in the Liturgy" (ICEL).

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn gives lecture at CUA

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, will present a lecture at CUA on February 3 at 3:30 pm in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A.  The lecture is titled "Christianity - Alien Presence or Foundation of the West?" A reception will follow the lecture.

STRS Professor gives Interview for Polish TV

Dr. Hellen Mardaga was interviewed on February 4th by Fakty, TVN24, a polish television channel.  The interview was on the Dan Brown novels and the intertwining of fact and fiction in them.


STRS Professor Publishes Article in Orientalia Christiana Periodica

Fr. Mark Morozowich, Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Studies and Assistant Professor of Liturgy has published an article entitled: “A Palm Sunday Procession in the Byzantine Tradition? A Study of the Jerusalem and Constantinopolitan Evidence” in the journal Orientalia Christiana Periodica 75/2 (2010): 359-383.

Dean Preaches at St. Paul's College

On Saturday evening Jan. 23rd Msgr. Kevin Irwin was the guest homilist at the community Mass at St. Paul’s College in WashingtonD.C.  This photo was taken after the Mass with the Paulist seminarians who attend CUA: 


In his homily Dean Irwin praised the work of the Paulists in their preaching and evangelizing ministry  -- capitalizing on the gospel that night from Luke 4 when Jesus began his preaching ministry to the poor and the marginalized and the example of the prophet Ezra’s knowledge of the Word of God (reading from Nehemiah). He also gave special recognition to Rev. John Lynch, CSP, former faculty member of the Canon Law Department for his masterful and insightful writings on the history or Canon., which gives the church enormous canonical wisdom.

STRS Professor Gives Christian Unity Lecture

Msgr Paul McPartlan will give the annual Christian Unity Lecture at St Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology, Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday 22 January, 2010. The title of his presentation is: 'Seeking an Exchange of Gifts: Catholic-Orthodox and Catholic-Methodist Dialogue'.

Dean Irwin gives Prayer for People of Haiti at Graduate Board Meeting:

Almighty and eternal God

We call upon you for ourselves in this university and upon our deliberations as the graduate board.

We storm heaven today for our brothers and sisters in Haiti.

We are struck dumb at their suffering and loss and that country’s devastation.

Our faith is as shaken as the crumbling bricks and mortar that could not withstand the tremors of the earth.

Our understanding of your boundless love is clouded by the dust and smoke that arises from the rubble of that part of this hemisphere.

As we call you Emmanuel in these holy days, you also know that it is at times like these that your absence seems much more real than your presence.

Forgive our unbelief and strengthen the spark of belief that says all we have at times like these is faith in you and trust in your wisdom despite evidence and events that seem so contrary.

Strengthen our love that we might do what we can in word, prayer and deed to assist in relieving this suffering of fellow human beings, brothers and sisters in Christ and in the bond of faith.

Forgive us the times we have presumed on your love and glibly assumed your presence.

Guide and inspire this Council today, that our decisions might be for the good of this university community.

Strengthen us in faith and love as your pilgrim church on earth.

We ask this through the same Christ our Lord.


Emeritus Professor Fitzmeyer Publishes New Book

Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. recently published "The Impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls" by The Paulist Press.  The book contains a succinct description of the Dead Sea Scrolls, helpful reading resource for students of the Bible and those interested in history and ancient archeology, as well as photos and illustrations that complement the presentation.

CUA Takes Steps to Assist Haiti

Dean Kevin Irwin has passed along this message from the Office of the President about the concrete steps CUA will take to assist our brothers and sisters in Haiti.  Dean Irwin was at the meeting at which President O’Connell made this announcement.  He said that “given the utter magnitude of this tragedy and the understandable helplessness we all feel in the face of this tragedy the participants in the meeting indicated full support and an earnest desire to cooperate with these important and urgent initiatives. I encourage all of the STRS community – faculty, staff and students – to participate as fully as possible.  Thank you.” 

The Catholic University of America is responding to the earthquake in Haiti through  “CUA Cares: A Novena of Prayer and Action for the People of Haiti,” nine days of prayer and charity beginning at the 12:10 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel on Thursday, January 14, and ending on Friday, January 22, the day of the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C.  All members of the university community are invited and encouraged to participate.  Father O’Connell will preside and preach at this Mass.

Prayer will continue throughout these days.  The university will also coordinate a single fundraising and collection effort for the people of Haiti< rather than having multiple and divided efforts.  All monies raised will be sent to Catholic Relief Services. 

A table will be set up for donations in the lobby of the Pryzbyla University Center after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and staffed by student leaders.  Checks payable to “The Catholic University of America” can be dropped off there or sent to the President’s Office in Nugent Hall.  The university, in turn, will send a single check to Catholic Relief Services, adding its own matching funds.  An online mechanism for contributions is being set up and will be communicated and available to the university community.  Other student initiatives will be announced by the offices of student life and campus ministry.

In his public audience today, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said “I appeal to the generosity of everyone so that our brothers and sisters receive our concrete solidarity and the effective support of the international community in this moment of need and suffering.”  “The Catholic University of America has always responded with great generosity to human suffering and need,” observed Father O’Connell. “And the people of Haiti --- the poorest country in our hemisphere --- are in the most desperate need of our love and compassion at this time.  Let us offer them our hearts and our help.”

STRS Professor lectures on Bishop's Pastoral Letter on Marriage

Dr. John Grabowski lectured on Tuesday January 19, 2010 at 6pm in the Pryzbyla Center, room 327. The lecture is entitled "Sex and the City of God: The Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Marriage" and is sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities.

North American Academy of Liturgy: CUA Gathers and TRS Alumna Elected Vice President

The 2010 meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy provided a wonderful occasion for faculty, alumni and students to get together. On Friday, January 8 a group of 15 of these CUA people shared a wonderful lunch. During the lunch, people exchanged their stories of TRS in ages past as well as those of current activities. Our alumna, Catherine Vincie, ran for the office of Vice President and was elected to that post. Following a year as Vice-President, she will succeed into the office of President. Our deepest congratulations to Catherine Vincie.

STRS Professor Publishes Article in Ecumenical Trends Journal

Fr. John Ford, director of the Historical and Systematic Theology Area, and Coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs has published an article entitled: “Immigration Ministry: An Ecumenical Opportunity?” in the journal Ecumenical Trends 39/1 (January 2010): 10-15.

STRS First Year Experience Course to start this Semester

Starting next week CUA’s new First Year Experience enters its second semester which will include a course entitled Faith Seeking Understanding prepared especially for the FYE by the STRS faculty. It will be taught by two fulltime faculty members (Drs. Regis Armstrong and Dr. John Grabowski) and several First Year Experience Teaching Fellows.  It will be directed by Dean Msgr. Kevin  Irwin and coordinated by Assistant Dean Karen Korol. As a gateway course in theology, it displays the life and thought of the Church over the course of two millennia with attention to the scriptures and the basic Trinitarian structure of Christian belief exemplified in the ancient symbol of the faith, the Creed.  The whole of the Creed is a constant for theology, which is “faith seeking understanding,” and thus it provides a coherent center for a historical understanding of theology.  In this course, the three main sections of the creed are explored through texts from three major historical phases: the Old Testament, the New Testament and early Church, and the medieval and modern periods, respectively. Students will learn to read different genres of theological sources in the Christian tradition, and, through reading, discussing, and writing about these texts, will gain an introductory grasp of the discipline of theology.  “This is an exciting new venture for the School of Theology and Religious Studies” said Dean Irwin, “and I look forward to this course as a pivotal means of engaging our newest students into the world of the academic study of theology."  "It is nothing less than a signature CUA course for the First Year Experience at The Catholic University of America.”

Fr. Regis Armstrong OFM Cap Featured at All Day Seminar in Los Angeles Cathedral

On January 4, 2010, the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fr. Regis Armstrong conducted an all day seminar at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles: “’Quid facimus quia docemus...’: Toward a Spirituality of Teaching.” The day revolved around the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Armstrong as the homilist accentuating the Eucharist as the summit and font of pedagogical efforts.  The event was sponsored by his Capuchin Confreres of California.

Professors and Students Participate at the 2010 North American Academy of Liturgy Conference in Milwaukee

A number of STRS professors and students as well as alumni will participate in the January 7-10, 2010 meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Professor Morozowich will present a study entitled, “Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week in First Millennium Jerusalem.”  Professor Denysenko will present a paper to the Initiation Group called, "The Blessing of the Waters on Theophany and Baptism in the Byzantine Rite." Doctoral candidate, Fr. Sabak, OFM will present his work entitled “Vigil Liturgies in Fourth to Eighth Century Roman Sacramentaries.”  This international gathering of liturgists provides an opportunity for various scholars to gather and discuss issues of current research in the various liturgical specializations. 

STRS Warmly Welcomes Msgr. Rossetti

After seventeen years as a staff member and then Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke's Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland Msgr. Stephen Rossetti will join the full time faculty of STRS.  With his academic background, research skills, authorship of numerous books and his particular expertise in fostering the mental, physical and spiritual health of clergy and religious, Msgr. Rossetti is extraordinarily well qualified to teach courses and direct seminars in pastoral counseling, pastoral theology, and pastoral ministry.  He will also be a regular faculty member in the summer D.Min. program teaching the D.Min. supervision course.

New Adjunct Faculty Member

STRS is delighted to welcome Msgr. Paul Langsfeld S.T.D., a priest of the archdiocese of Washington, D.C. to teach a course aimed for pre Theologians.  Msgr. Langsfeld returns to the archdicoese after having served as rector of the Pontificaal College of the Josephinum.  He was recently named the pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr in D.C.  He earned his doctorate at the Gregorian University (Rome) and wrote his dissertation under the direction of the recent Quasten awardee, Fr. Jared Wicks, S.J.

Dr. Nolan Publishes Article

Dr. Lucinda Nolan has published the article, “Men of Goodwill:  J. Elliot Ross, The Religious Education Association and the National Conference of Jews and Christians,” in Religious Education  104 (Winter 2009).