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2012 News Archives

December

  • Dr. Joshua Benson Publishes Essay in Book

    Dr. Benson published “Matthew of Aquasparta’s Sermons on Theology,” in Franciscans and Preaching, edited by Timothy J. Johnson and published by Brill in 2012. This volume is the first concerted study of Franciscans and preaching in English, and Dr. Benson's essay is the first on these sermons of Aquasparta, a Franciscan theologian, Minister General and eventually Cardinal who died around 1302.

  • Fr. Christopher Begg Publishes Article in Book

    Fr. Begg recently published an article entitled, “Josephus’ and Pseudo-Philo’s Rewritings of the Book of Joshua,” in The Book of Joshua (ed. E. Noort; BETL 250; Leuver/Paris/Walpole, MA, 2012) 555-588.

  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Gives Talk to PCNY Leaders and Carthusian Monks

    On Wednesday Dec 12th Msgr. Rossetti spoke to the representatives of the Priest Councils in New York State on the implications of the John Jay Study for priestly screening, formation and ongoing formation. Using his research and the findings of the JJ Study, he stressed the need for stronger screening of candidates for the priesthood, especially in the area of psychosexual maturity, plus the need for healthy human formation of seminarians and priests. Later that week, on Dec 14th, he gave a lecture to the Carthusian monks at the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration in Vermont. He has been delivering two talks per year to this eremetic community on human formation and Carthusian spirituality. This talk was entitled: "Dealing with Emotions in a Monastic Cell."

  • Dr. David Lantigua Publishes Article in Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization

    Dr. Lantigua, a moral theology professor recently published an article entitled, "The 'New' Evangelization in the Americas: On the Catholic Origins of Human Rights," in the Fall 2012 volume of Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization

  • Moral Theology Professor Dr. David Lantigua Responds in Washington Post to Newtown, Conn. Tragedy

    On December 14, Dr. Lantigua was interviewed by the Washington Post regarding the Newtown, Connecticut Tragedy. Dr. Lantigua responded by stating that "silence is the right response in such a moment."

  • Dissertation Defense: David Delio

    Final Examination of David. P. Delio for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

  • Msgr. McPartlan In Rome For ITC Plenary

    Msgr Paul McPartlan was in Rome for this year's plenary meeting of the International Theological Commission (ITC) from 3-7 December 2012. The meeting continued work on the themes of Christian monotheism and Catholic social doctrine, respectively, and also on the theme of the sensus fidei/sensus fidelium. The most recent document of the ITC, entitled Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria, was published earlier this year. Pope Benedict XVI referred to all of these projects in his about at an audience given to the ITC on Friday, 7 December. Click here to read his address

  • Dissertation Defense: Stuart Squires

    Final Examination of Stuart Squires for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

November

    • Paz Alexander Martinez Dissertation Defense

      Final Examination of Fr. Paz Alexander Martinez for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

    • Dr. Jones Serves on Panel at American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting

      Charles B. Jones served as the discussant on the panel, “Buddhist Canons in Context: Compilation, Devotion, and Transformation” at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago on November 20, 2012.

    • Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai of China Delivers Lecture

      Archbishop Savio delivered a lecture entitled, “The Word Made in China From a Missionary Perspective of Blessed Gabriele M. Allegra (1907-1976),” in Caldwell Auditorium, Monday, Nov. 12.

    • Gösta Hallonsten of Lund University and Former STRS Professor Delivers Lecture

      Professor Hallonsten delivered a lecture entitled, “The Unknown Ratzinger: Bonaventure, Revelation and the Opening of Vatican II” in the Vincent Walter room, Curley Hall, November 13.

    • Msgr. Irwin Attends Bishops' Meeting

      On Sunday Nov. 11th Msgr. Kevin Irwin participated in the day long meeting of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship held at the Inner Harbor Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, Md. In his capacity as a consultor to the Committee he has been asked to assist the bishops on the Committee to draft a statement commemorating the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Liturgy Constitution of the Second Vatican Council.

    • Msgr. Irwin Addresses Scholars on Climate Change

      From Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 8 -10, CUA co-hosted an invitation only scholars conference of Catholic theologians on climate change. On Friday Nov. 9th Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin delivered a paper entitled “God’s Icon: Creation, Sacramentality and the Liturgy.”

    • Dissertation Defense: Rev. Seth Nater Arwo-Doqu

      Final Examination of Rev. Seth Nater Arwo-Doqu for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

    • Dissertation Defense: Susan White Baumert

      Final Examination of Susan White Baumert for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

    • Claire Henning D.Min. Oral Presentation

      Project Evaluation of Claire Henning for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, Happel Room.

    • Dr. Matt Tapie Presents Paper at the Washington D.C. Spinoza Society

      On November 11th, Dr. Tapie presented a paper entitled, “Thomas Aquinas’s Method of Inquiry as a Resource for Overcoming Obstacles to Jewish-Christian Dialogue,” at the Washington D.C. Spinoza Society.

    • Dissertation Defense: Jason Weaver

      Final Examination of Jason Weaver for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

  • Dr. Pecknold Lectures on Religious Liberty at the University of Notre Dame

    On November 6th, Dr. Chad Pecknold gave the concluding address at an international conference "The Seeds of the Church:  Telling the Story of Today's Christian Martyrs," sponsored by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.  His lecture, "The End of Martyrdom: Religious Liberty in Liberal Orders," concluded three days of proceedings intended to raise consciousness inside and outside the Church about the widespread persecution of Christians around the world.

  • Dr. Nelson Minnich Presides at Sessions On the Americas at International Conference

    On October 4th, Dr. Minnich presided at the sessions on the Americas at the Convegno Internazionale 'Il Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II alla luce degli archivi dei Padri conciliari' (Città del Vaticano, 3-5 ottobre 2012)

  • Dr. Nelson Minnich Presents Paper at the Historical Institute of the Italian Middle Ages in Rome

    On September 27th, Dr. Minnich presented a paper, “Egidio Antonini da Viterbo and the Reform of Religious Orders at the Fifth Lateran Council (1512-17),” at the Convegno internazionale di studi sulla figura di Egidio da Viterbo, agostiniano, umanista, religioso intellettuale e riformatore, uomo di governo e cardinale at l’Istituto Storico Italiano per il Medioevo, Rome.

  • Dissertation Defense: Brent Kruger

    Final Examination of Brent Kruger for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

  • D.Min. Oral Presentation: Kevin Bagley

    Project Evaluation of Kevin Bagley for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, Happel Room.

  • D.Min. Oral Presentation: Ardella Edwards

    Project Evaluation of Ardella Edwards for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

  • CUA Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    Msgr Paul McPartlan and Fr John Galvin participated in a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Paul's College, Washington DC, on 25-27 October 2012.

  • Dr. Robert Miller presents at Dei Verbum Conference

    On October 26th, Dr. Robert Miller was one of the invited speakers at the conference, “Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture” sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine. Dr. Miller presented a paper, “On the Inspiration of Myth.”

  • Dr Chad Pecknold Speaks at Villanova University Conference

    On October 26th, Dr Pecknold lectured on Augustine's use of the word "saeculum" in the City of God at Villanova University's 37th annual "Patristic, Medieval and Renaissance Conference."

  • Msgr Paul McPartlan Presents the ITC Document and Led a Discussion of TRS Faculty Members

    On 23 October, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a presentation of the latest document from the International Theological Commission to the faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA, and led a discussion of the text afterwards. Msgr McPartlan was president of the sub-commission of the ITC that produced the document, entitled, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. Already available in eight languages on the Vatican website, the document will be published in November 2012 by the Catholic University of America Press.

  • Dr. Christopher Ruddy Speaks At Annual Priests’ Convocation

    On October 22nd, Dr. Christopher Ruddy gave two talks in Hunt Valley, Maryland to the annual priests' convocation of the Harrisburg Diocese: "Vatican II: An Overview and Assessment" and "Vatican II and the Year of Faith."

 

October

Msgr Stephen J. Rossetti presents on clergy happiness at Fairfield University and for the Diocese of Greensburg.

Msgr. Rossetti presented the findings of his latest research on priestly happiness at Fairfield University to faculty, students and local clergy on October 9 and again to the priests of the Diocese of Greensburg, PA on October 16.  His research findings discovered that, despite their heavy workloads, priests report an exceptionally high level of satisfaction with their lives and ministries.  Contributing to their satisfaction are strong connections with the laity and other priests, and a strong spiritual life.

Dr. Chad Pecknold Named Associate Editor

Dr. Pecknold has recently been named Associate Editor of the English edition of the International Theological Journal, Nova et Vetera.  The journal is a peer-reviewed quarterly and provides an international forum for theological and philosophical studies from a Thomistic perspective (www.nvjournal.net).

Dissertation Defense: Mark Byron Giszczak

Final Examination of Mark Byron Giszczak for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, October 22, 2012 2:00 p.m., Caldwell Room 125

Dissertation Defense: Jamie Aislinn Banister 

Final Examination of Jamie Aislinn Banister for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dr. Robert Miller Speaks at Interreligious Consultation

Dr. Miller co-led a joint Scripture study session on “Covenant” for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – National Council of Synagogues Interreligious Consultation, held in Baltimore, October 15-16.  Dr. Miller presented “Covenant in Catholic Perspective,” alongside Rabbi David Sandmel, who presented the Jewish perspective.

Dissertation Defense: Kyle T. Arcement

Final Examination of Kyle T. Arcement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Andrew Kim

Final Examination of Andrew Kim for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dr. Joshua Benson Speaks at Franciscan Transitus Service

Dr. Benson gave an address for the annual Transitus service at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, October 3 at 7:00 pm.  The Transitus service commemorated the night Saint Francis of Assisi died, whose feast is October 4.

Dr. Christopher Ruddy Serves as Guest on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show"

Dr. Ruddy discussed the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in Rome in October, 1962. Audio and a transcript can be found at:http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-10-04/fiftieth-anniversary-vatican-ii

Dr. Susan Wessel Published in Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Dr. Wessel has published, “Theological Argumentation: The Case of Forgery,” in ed. S. F. Johnson, The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity (Oxford University Press: New York and Oxford, 2012), 916-34.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Gives "Allegations and Audits" Webinar for USCCB

In conjunction with the USCCB's Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, Msgr. Rossetti designed and led a combination live presentation and webinar for the USCCB child protection office on Monday Oct 1st.  The event was the first in an annual workshop to provide training to Catholic dioceses around the United States in child protection.  The workshop was attended by bishops and diocesan personnel in over 100 locations around the U.S. who are responsible for implementing the USCCB's Charter for the Protection of Child and Young People.  Some of the other speakers included Al Notzon the chairman of the National Review Board, Bishops Cupich and Conlon, and Teresa Kettelkamp.

September

Cardinal William Levada, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Kicks Off Vatican II Symposium

Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William Levada provided the first keynote address at the Vatican II Symposium, Reform and Renewal: Vatican II After Fifty Years, September 26 at the university's Edward J. Pryzbyla Center.  Click here to access Cardinal Levada's keynote address.

 

STRS Dean Very Rev. Mark Morozowich Celebrates Annual Dean's Vespers at Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family


 

Fr. Mark Morozowich presided at the annual Dean’s Vespers on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family. Students in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music directed by Dr. Leo Nestor provided excellent musical accompaniment. Vespers were followed by a reception in the Shrine's auditorium.

 

Msgr. Michael Clay Keynotes for Annual Conference in Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam

Msgr. Clay was the keynote speaker for a conference held in the Archdiocese of Agaña on September 14-15 to begin the Year of Faith.  Approximately 1000 clergy and laity gathered to hear him address the topic of evangelization.  He also offered workshops on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and preaching.  

Dr. Robert Miller Delivers Lecture at West Chester University

Dr. Miller presented, “Minimalism and Maximalism in Biblical Archaeology” at West Chester University of Pennsylvania on Monday, September 10, 2012, outlining the origins of the minimalist movement in biblical scholarship and reconsidering the question of the historicity of the United Monarchy of David and Solomon from an archaeological perspective.

August

Msgr. Kevin Irwin Receives National Award


 

 At their annual convention in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the National Association for Pastoral Musicians gave their highest award to Msgr. Kevin Irwin, former Dean of STRS. Entitled the "Jubilate Deo" award, it is given annually to a person for " tireless advocacy of liturgical renewal, rigorous scholarship in service of the church and dedicated leadership in pastoral ministry." The award was presented at the convention breakfast on July 26 th at which several other awards were given including the giving of five scholarships to CUA graduate students in music. CUA trustee Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo delivered the invocation at the breakfast and participated in the giving  of this award to Msgr. Irwin.

Fr. Raymond Studzinski Conducts Study Days for Monastic Community of St. Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana

Raymond Studzinski, OSB, STRS associate professor, conducted study days on Intergenerational Living for the monastic community of St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana on September 7th and 8th.  He spoke on “The Practice of Intergenerational Hospitality.”

Group of TRS Students Participate in Theology Symposium in Maynooth, Ireland

During the week of June 6-9, 2012, a group of six students from TRS travelled to St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland to participate in the Theology Symposium of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. The Symposium was dedicated to the ecclesiology of communion after Vatican II. All six students delivered papers at the Emerging Scholars sessions of the Symposium:

-Matthew Halbach “Incarnational Catechesis and the Work of the New Evangelization”
-Sr. Chau Nguyen, OP “Mariological Dimensions of an Ecclesiology of Communion: Reading Lumen Gentium Anew”
-Fr. Thabang Nkadimeng, OMI “The Sacramental Ecclesiology of Communion with Insights from Antonio Acerbi’s Due Ecclesiologie”  
-Ed Trendowski “The Bishop as Servant to Communion: Vatican II Revisited”
-Anastacia Wooden “The Eucharistic Ecclesiology of Nicholas Afanasiev and Catholic Ecclesiology: History of Interaction and Future Perspectives”

All presentations were enthusiastically received. The presentations demonstrated the breadth and depth of ecclesiological thought at TRS. The delivered papers will be published in the proceedings of the Symposium. They are also available at http://www.iec2012.ie/index.jsp?p=108&n=4866&a=2421.

Msgr. Michael Clay Leads Diocese of Tuscon Conference on Parish Evangelization

Msgr. Clay led a two-day conference on parish evangelization for the Diocese of Tucson August 24-25. During the conference, participants learned about various dimensions of evangelization, obstacles to evangelization and strategies for helping parish communities become evangelized and evangelizers.

Dissertation Defense: Rev. Joseph G. Elamparayil

Final Examination of Rev. Joseph G. Elamparayil for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dr. Joshua Benson Leads Week-Long Workshop for Capuchin Franciscans

From August 20-24, Dr. Benson will provide a series of talks to Capuchin Franciscans in Boston entitled:  "The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: The Challenge of the Sources."  The workshop is part of the Capuchin's on-going program in formation.

Dr. Robert Miller Participates in Jewish-Christian Dialogue in Germany

This last August 5-12, TRS associate professor Robert Miller participated in the 44th International Jewish-Christian Bible Week in Osnabrück, Germany. Each year, invited Jewish and Christian biblical scholars from Germany, England, Holland, Israel, and the US have come together to study biblical texts against a background of the two traditions. Sponsored by the Diocese of Osnabrück, the Begegnung Christen und Juden Niedersachsen, and the Begegnung von Christen und Juden Bayern, and hosted by the Franciscan Haus Ohrbeck, this year’s week was devoted to Psalms 73-89.

Msgr. Clay Gives Address to Hispanic Catechists and Parish Leaders from Diocese of Raleigh


 

Msgr. Michael Clay spoke to approximately 300 Hispanic catechists and parish leaders from the Diocese of Raleigh at their XIV Encuentro on August 4, 2012. This year’s theme was “The New Evangelization and Its Challenges" and his keynote address was part of a conference preparing them for the upcoming Year of Faith and acquainting them with some of the issues to be discussed in October at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly on the New Evangelization in Rome.

 

Msgr. Clay Leads Archdiocese of Dubuque Conference on the RCIA

Msgr. Michael Clay led a two-day conference on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for the Archdiocese of Dubuque July 27-28. During the conference, participants explored the role of scripture throughout the formation process and how the Liturgy of the Word, according to the rite, is the initial and normative locus of formation of catechumens and candidates seeking reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Presents Results of His New Book

On July 18th in Boston, Msgr. Rossetti presented the results of his latest book, "Why Priests are Happy," to approximately 60 priests and religious at an annual convention hosted by International Consulting Centers for Religious and Clergy (ICCRC).  The focus of the convention was on the human and spiritual formation and care of priests and religious.  Msgr. Rossetti focused his remarks on the positive findings of his research, on the mental health of clergy and the critical importance of a strong spiritual life for a priest's happiness and mental health.

Rev. Frank J. Matera Presented With Festschrift

At the recent meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association at the University of Notre Dame, Professor Frank J. Matera was presented with a Festschrift on the occasion of his 70th birthday and his retirement from the Catholic University of America.

The Festschrift is entitled Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera. It was edited by former CUA students Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson and is published by the Society of Biblical Literarture

It contains an introduction by Frank T. Gignac and articles by Kelly R. Iverson, Francis J. Moloney, Jack Dean Kingsbury, John R. Donahue, Paul J. Achtemeier, William S. Kurz, John P. Meier, Matt Whitlock, Michael Gorman, A. Andrew Das, Luke Timothy Johnson, Sherri Brown, Raymond F. Collins, and Christopher W. Skinner.

Professor Christopher Begg Presents Papers in Amsterdam and Belgium

Professor Begg attended the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense in Leuven, Belgium, July 26-28 and delivered a paper “Micah and his Mother according to Pseudo-Philo.”

He also attended the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Amsterdam July 23-25 and delivered a paper, “The Burning Bush Episode according to Philo and Josephus.”

Dr. Joshua Benson Responds to Paper at the 2012 Boston College Colloquy in Historical Theology

From August 2-4, Boston College hosts the Colloquy in Historical Theology.  Dr. Benson will respond to a paper by Fr. Christopher Cullen of Fordham University, entitled "Bonaventure on the Natural Desire to See God:  Innate Appetite or Elicited Desire."

July

CUA President John Garvey Appoints Fr. Mark Morozowich Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies

Effective July 1, 2012, Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, was appointed Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

Msgr. Kevin Irwin Receives National Award


 

 At their annual convention in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the National Association for Pastoral Musicians gave their highest award to Msgr. Kevin Irwin, former Dean of STRS. Entitled the "Jubilate Deo" award, it is given annually to a person for " tireless advocacy of liturgical renewal, rigorous scholarship in service of the church and dedicated leadership in pastoral ministry." The award was presented at the convention breakfast on July 26 th at which several other awards were given including the giving of five scholarships to CUA graduate students in music. CUA trustee Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo delivered the invocation at the breakfast and participated in the giving  of this award to Msgr. Irwin.

Msgr. Kevin Irwin Addresses National Convention

On July 25 Msgr. Irwin delivered a plenary address at the annual convention of the National Association for Pastoral Musicians held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His topic was "Church Discipleship In and Through the Liturgy."

 

 

Msgr. Kevin Irwin Addresses Sulpician International Symposium

From July 9th to 18th representatives from the four continents where the Sulpician Fathers serve in initial and ongoing programs for priestly formation are meeting in Montreal to discuss formation in the 21st century.  On Monday morning July 9th Msgr. Irwin delivered a paper on “The Theology of Ordained Priesthood in the Light of Vatican II and Postconciliar Documents.”  The presentation was followed by questions and answers, discussion of the paper in small groups, reporting back to the whole group.  Msgr. Irwin responded and gave final remarks.  Fr. David Thayer of the Theological College faculty is attending as is the former vice rector Fr. Daniel Moore.

Dr. Charles B. Jones Participates in the 2012 Woodenfish Project in China


 

Dr. Jones participated in the 2012 Woodenfish Project, a program that gathers together scholars and students of Chinese Buddhism for a tour of significant Buddhist sites in China. (This program is named for the “wooden fish,” a fish-shaped wooden board which hangs in Chinese Buddhist temples and is struck as a signal for meals, devotions, and other gatherings.) The program, involving 33 participants, lasted from June 25th to July 9th, 2012.

 

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Celebrates Mass at Auburn Correctional Facility

 

Msgr. Rossetti was invited to Auburn Correctional Facility to celebrate Mass with the inmates.  Several of the inmates had read Msgr. Rossetti's regular contributions to the daily "Living Faith" publication and wanted to meet him and hear him speak.  He was honored to be asked and presided over the liturgy and preached to a group of about 65 inmates on July 7th at this maximum security prison in upstate New York.

June

Rev. Regis J. Armstrong Presents Series of Lectures to Capuchin Novices

At the beginning of June, Fr. Regis Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., presented a series of lectures to the twenty Capuchin novices at San Lorenzo Friary, Santa Ynez, California.  Fr. Regis provided a spirited exploration of the unique insights Bonaventure brought to the Franciscan movement and to Catholic theology, which were of essential importance to the Capuchin reform. Using his soon-to-be-published new translation of Bonaventure’s spiritual classic, "Itinerarium Mentis in Deum," Fr. Regis showed that its theological outline is a framework for moving spiritually through all of creation into union with God.

Dr. Robert Miller Presents in Plenary Panel at Orality Conference in Michigan

Dr. Miller served as one of three plenary presenters for the conference "Orality and Literacy X: Tradition, Trasmission and Adaptation" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, June 27. The plenary panel discussed the current state of scholarship on oral tradition in ancient Israel and in the Old Testament.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Gives Presentation to Bishop and Priests of Diocese of Toledo

Msgr. Rossetti gave a presentation to the bishop and priests of the Diocese of Toledo on June 19th.  He was asked to present his new data on priestly celibacy.  These survey findings indicated that the large majority of priests, about 3/4, have personally found their commitment to celibacy as a grace and they believe it to be a personal calling from God.  Msgr. Rossetti's data indicated that this profound spiritual understanding was a strong predictor of priestly happiness.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P. Gives Lectures in Europe and Asia

From late April through mid-June, Fr. Lombardo visited a number of universities in Europe and Asia, including Oxford and Cambridge, the Catholic University of Leuven, Widya Mandala (Surabaya, Indonesia), the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the University of St Joseph (Macau), Peking University, Fudan University (Shanghai), Sophia University (Tokyo), and the University of Santo Tomas (Manila). He gave lectures on Aquinas and the emotions, the philosophy and theology of boredom, and the crucifixion in patristic theology.

Professor Robert Miller Co-Conducts Ecumenical Workshop for Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

TRS associate professor, Dr. Miller and Professor Sarah H. Henrich of Luther Seminary conducted the annual week-long (June 18-22) Ecumenical Scripture Workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at the Bishop Hodges Pastoral Center in Huttonsville, WV. Professors Miller and Henrich delivered lectures and led discussions on Creation in the Old and New Testaments. The workshop was directed by Deacon Dennis Nesser, a graduate of the CUA School of Canon Law.

Professor Brian Johnstone Presents Paper at Theology Symposium in Maynooth, Ireland

Professor Johnstone presented the paper, "The Sacraments: Gifts of the Rising Christ" at the Theology Symposium, "The Ecclesiology of Communion Fifty Years after the Opening of Vatican II,"  held at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland, June 6-9 2012.

Professor William D. Dinges Co-Conducts Conference at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

TRS professor, Dr. Dinges and Professor Kenneth D. Wald of the University of Florida conducted a week-long (May 26-June 3) conference on religion in American culture for the Institute on American Society and Culture (IASC) at the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  Professors Dinges and Wald delivered lectures and led discussions on aspects of religion in America relating to sociological dynamics, immigration, American exceptionalism, political behavior, NGOs, current trends, and other related topics. While visting the She Shan Basilica (Basilica of Our Lady of She Shan) in Shanghai, Professor Dinges met with several resident seminarians and priests, including one who received a graduate degree from CUA.

Professor John T. Ford Publishes Essay

Rev. John T. Ford's essay, “Oberlin 2007: The Need for an Expanded Methodology,” was published  in Ecumenical Directions in the United States Today, 380-381, edited by Antonios Kieropoulos with Juliana Mecera, Faith and Order Commission Theological Series, New York/Mawah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2012.

May

Dr. Tarmo Toom Presents Paper at North American Patristics Society Conference in Chicago

Dr. Toom presented the paper, "The Creeds of Marcellus of Ancyra and Priscillian of Avila" at the North American Patristics Society (NAPS) Conference in Chicago, May 24. His paper compared the two earliest variants of the declaratory creed which came to be known as the Apostles' Creed with the Old Roman Creed and argued that the authors of these creeds were not modalists.

Dr. Charles B. Jones Presents Paper at Georgetown University

Dr. Jones presented the paper, “The Prospects for Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding: the Jesuit Case and its Theoretical Implications” at the conference “Understanding Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Theology and Religious Studies” held at Georgetown University Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Professor Brian Johnstone Presents Paper at National Conference on Medicine and Religion

Professor Johnstone presented a paper entitled, "The Origin of the Distinction between Ordinary and Extraordinary Means of Treatment in Catholic Moral Theology and its Contemporary Relevance," at the National Conference on Medicine and Religion, sponsored by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, May 23-25, 2012.

Dr. John Grabowski Presents Paper at the Academy of Catholic Theology Conference

Dr. Grabowski presented the paper, "And So He Revealed His Glory: Cana and the Sacramentality of Marriage” at the Academy of Catholic Theology Conference, Washington DC, May 23, 2012.  The paper sought to show that a balanced theological exegesis of John 2:1-11 confirms the best insights of the Catholic theological tradition: that Christ acts in a transformative way in marriage, conforming the couple to his cross and his own eschatological union with the Church and that this insight protects marriage from reduction to a purely human reality to be reshaped by cultural forces.

Msgr. Irwin Conducts Faculty Seminar in Rome

On Monday May 21st, Msgr. Kevin W. Irwin, conducted a seminar on "Mediated Immediacy: Sacramentality and the Liturgy" for the theology faculty of Santa Croce University in Rome. While in Rome Msgr. Irwin is also consulting with the faculty of the Liturgical Institute at the Ateneo of Sant' Anselmo and the liturgical studies professors at the Gregorian University.

Dr. Wilhelmus Valkenberg and Assistant Dean Karen Korl Participate in Catholic-Sikh Dialogue

Dr. Wilhelmus Valkenberg and Assistant Dean Karen Korol participated in the fourth biennial Catholic-Sikh Dialogue held in Washington, DC,  May 18-20. The Sikh and Catholic delegations explored the Four Levels of Dialogue: theological exchange, religious experience, action and life, as defined in documents promulgated by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.  Dr. Valkenberg presented the Catholic delegation’s talk on the Dialogue of Theological Exchange and Dean Korol presented the Catholic delegation’s talk on the Dialogue of Life.

Dissertation Defense: Joseph J. McInerney

Final Examination of Joseph J. McInerney for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

STRS Celebrates 2012 Commencement Excercises

The 2012 School of Theology and Religious Studies' Commencement Excercises celebrated, Saturday, May 12 was one of the largest in the school's history.  STRS graduated 37 doctoral students and 16 graduate students. Follow the link above to view pictures from the ceremony.

Dr. Miller Publishes New Edition of Chieftains

STRS Associate Professor Robert Miller’s 2004 Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A Social History of Israel in the 12th and 11th Centuries BC, out of print since 2007, has been reprinted by Wipf and Stock Press with a new preface. Dr. Miller’s book has become an important part of academic discourse on early Israel over the past decade and was widely acclaimed in scholarly reviews.

Dissertation Defense: Marianus Pale Hera, S.V.D.

Final Examination of Marianus Pale Hera, S.V.D. for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 11:10 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Fr. Mark Morozowich, Acting Dean, Presents Paper in Rome

STRS acting dean, Fr. Mark Morozowich, presented his paper entitled, "La Storia e L'Interpretazione dell' Orientalium Ecclesiarum" in Rome at the Holy Cross University during their Conference on the Second Vatican Council: The Lasting Value of Reform for the New Evangelization.

Dissertation Defense: Piotr Blajer, O.F.M.

Final Examination of Piotr Blajer, O.F.M. for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Rev. Brian Johnstone Presents Paper at Duquesne University

Professor Brian Johnstone presented a paper on "The Ethics of Gift" at the Inaugural International Conference on Education in Ethics
May 1-3, 2012 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

April

Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes Gives Lecture

Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum delivered a lecture entitled, "Change of Paradigm: The Church's Social Doctrine."

Fr. Christopher Begg Receives Award

Fr. Begg, a recipient of the 2012 Research and Scholarship Awards was honored at a reception, Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. for receiving the Achievement in Research award.

Fr. Christopher Begg Publishes Article

Fr. Begg published an article entitled, “Genesis in Josephus,” in The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception and Interpretation. The article provides a synthetic survey of the various rewriting techniques (e.g. additions, omissions, rearrangements, other modifications) Josephus applies in his reworking of the Book of Genesis in Antiquities 1. 27-2. 200.

Dissertation Defense: Shannon Marie McAlister

Final Examination of Shannon Marie McAlister for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Alexandra Nicewicz Carroll

Final Examination of Alexandra Nicewicz Carroll for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Joseph Okech Adhunga, A.J.

Final Examination of Joseph Okech Adhunga, A.J. for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 1:15 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Gives Presentation to Seminarians in Rome

Msgr. Stephen Rossetti gave a two day workshop to the Venerable English College students and faculty in Rome, Italy April 21 and 22.  He spoke to 40 priests and seminarians on psychological and spiritual formation for the priesthood. 

Msgr. Irwin's Work on Ecumenical Dialogue Recognized

For over three years members of the seventh round of dialogue between officially appointed representatives of the Roman Catholic and the United Methodist Churches have met semi annually to discuss the relationship of the Eucharist and the Environment.  The results of that dialogue were published on April 20th by both the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and The United Methodist Church in a document entitled "Heaven and Earth Are Full of Your Glory." Msgr. Irwin was one of the participants of the dialogue and one of the signatories of this consensus document.

Dissertation Defense: Tobias J. Nathe

Final Examination of Tobias J. Nathe for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 414

Dissertation Defense: James W. Stroud

Final Examination of James W. Stroud for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Quentin Wodon

Final Examination of Quentin Wodon for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Rev. Msgr. Robert Trisco Appointed to Historical Commission

Rev. Msgr. Robert Trisco, professor emeritus of church history, has been appointed by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, to the three-member Historical Commission for the cause for beatification and canonization of Father Thomas Frederick Price (1860-1919), co-founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (Maryknoll) and the first native of North Carolina to be ordained a secular priest. 

Dr. John Grabowski Gives Presentation

Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation on Wednesday, April 18 to Students on the Mount (CUA Student Social Justice Committee) at the CUA campus.  The presentation entitled, “Just Family: The Unity of Catholic Social and Sexual Teaching explored the false dichotomy between “liberal” (pro-justice) and “conservative” (pro-family) Catholics, given the Catholic understanding of the dignity of the person.

Dr. Robert Miller Publishes New Book on Covenant 

STRS Associate Professor Robert Miller’s latest book entitled Covenant and Grace in the Old Testament: Assyrian Propaganda and Israelite Faith has been published by Gorgias Press in the Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts series. This book explains how Israel understood its relationship with Yahweh.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., Gives Presentation at Georgetown

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., gave a lecture on “Emotion in the Thought of Thomas Aquinas" on April 17 at Georgetown University. The lecture gave an overview of Aquinas's account of emotion in its historical context, relating Aquinas to other key figures and to recent trends in contemporary analytic philosophy.

Dissertation Defense: Kanika A.M. Magee

Final Examination of Kanika A.M. Magee for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Matthew Anthony Tapie

Final Examination of Matthew Anthony Tapie for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dr. John Grabowski Coauthors Foreword With His Wife               

Dr. Grabowski and his wife Claire recently coauthored the “Foreword” in Angelique Ruhi-López and Carmen Santamaría’s book, The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples.  Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2012, pp. ix-xi.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Featured in CUA Alumni Magazine

Msgr. Stephen Rosetti reflects on his travels to Antartica where he ministered to the American and New Zealand communities as the Catholic Chaplain for the National Science Foundation.

Fr. Heil Publishes New Book On the Letter of James

STRS Professor John Paul Heil’s new book entitled The Letter of James: Worship to Live By has recently been published by Wipf and Stock in the Cascade Books series. This book proposes a new and comprehensive chiastic structure as well as a new unifying theme for the letter of James. In accord with this structure that organizes its oral performance, the words “worship to live by” express what the letter as a whole is exhorting its audience to adopt.

Dr. Joshua Benson Publishes Essay

Dr. Benson published an essay entitled, "Fons sapientiae Verbum Dei in excelsis.  John Pecham's Inaugural Sermon," Collectanea Franciscana 81:3-4 (2011), 451-478.  Benson argues that Dr. Benson argues that a previously unidentified inaugural sermon can be confidently linked to the Franciscan theologian John Pecham (d. 1292).  The article illuminates the text and its context, also shedding light on Aquinas's second regency at Paris.  Dr. Benson produced an edition of the sermon in a prior publication.

Dissertation Defense: Rejimon Varghese

Final Examination of Rejimon Varghese for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dissertation Defense: Daniel V. Frascella

Final Examination of Daniel V. Frascella for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Msgr. Irwin Lectures at Providence College

On Thursday, April 12, Msgr. Kevin Irwin delivered the annual St. Catherine of Siena Lecture at Providence College.  The lecture was entitled “Sacrament Speak: The Many Languages of Christian Sacraments.”  The lecture was sponsored by the College’s Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. In his opening remarks Msgr. Irwin paid tribute to the former Dean of CUA’s School of Philosophy and former member  of the Providence College Board of Trustees Fr. Kurt Pritzl, O.P.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., Gives Presentation

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., gave a lecture on “Boredom and Its Discontents" in New Haven, Connecticut on April 10 at Yale Divinity School. Drawing on a variety of literary sources and Aquinas’s theory of the emotions, the lecture considered the phenomenology and structure of boredom, and then proposed ways to find relief from its modern manifestations.

Dissertation Defense: Lina Rong

Final Examination of Lina Rong for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Dean Morozowich interviewed by PBS

Acting Dean Rev. Mark Morozowich was interviewed by PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for an episode entitled “Where was Jesus Buried?” Click here to watch the full episode which aired on March 30th.  The story was also covered by the Washington Post.

Project Evaluation: Frank Samuel Donio

Project Evaluation of Frank Samuel Donio for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

Dissertation Defense: Louis Joseph Rouleau

Final Examination of Louis Joseph Rouleau for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Public Lecture: James A. Wickman

Public Lecture by James A. Wickman for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

 

March

WABASH Grant Provides Opportunity to Assess Effectiveness of Doctoral Student Preparations

On March 29 and 30, the School of Theology and Religious Studies, in conjunction with the WABASH Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion welcomed doctoral alumni/ae to a conference aimed at evaluating their formation as teachers at The Catholic University of America. The gatherings initiated conversations with 10 recent alumni/ae, the STRS Acting Dean, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, three faculty members, and two WABASH staff members to explore their current experience and to discuss possibilities for improving the teaching and learning program at STRS. The conference was made possible by a grant from the WABASH center.

Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P. Gives Lecture at CUA

On Thursday, March 29, Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P., Lausanne, Genève et Fribourg gave a lecture entitled, "A Catholic Response to Contemporary Atheism."

Dissertation Defense: Agnes Aupepin de Lamothe-Dreuzy

Final Examination of Agnes Aupepin de Lamothe-Dreuzy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Gives Lenten Retreat to Priests

Msgr Stephen Rossetti gave the annual Lenten day of recollection to the bishops and priests of the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend in Indiana on Wednesday March 28th.  The theme of the day was priestly happiness and holiness.

Dissertation Defense: Dennis Robert Di Mauro

Final Examination of Dennis Robert Di Mauro for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125

STRS Presentation at US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Assistant Dean Karen Korol and Matthew Tapie, a PhD candidate in Moral Theology/Ethics, gave a presentation on March 21 to a delegation of bishops from the French Roman Catholic Church on how instructors incorporate the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in the introductory theology course all incoming first-year students take at CUA. The delegation was lead by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop  of Paris, a leader in the education and formation of clergy in France and a leading voice in France for interreligious understanding and dialogue.

Dr. Robert Miller, O.F.S., Gives Seminar in Jerusalem

Dr. Miller presented a seminar on “Israel’s Creed in Ancient Near Eastern Context” at the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem on March 9. The seminar discussed the use of Assyrian propaganda language in Deuteronomy’s presentation of Israel’s basic faith.

Dr. John Grabowski Gives Presentation at Marriage Symposium

Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled, “Marriage as Male and Female” at the Defense of Marriage Symposium on March 3 at St. John Neumann Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  The presentation examined the nature of marriage as a covenant and a sacrament between a man and a woman in light of recent legislative initiatives to redefine this relationship.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., Gives Lectures in Chicago and Notre Dame

Fr. Lombardo gave lectures on “Emotion and Virtue in Thomas Aquinas” at the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame on March 2 and March 6. The lectures discussed Aquinas’s theory of the emotions and its implications for his virtue theory.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan Chairs Work on New ITC Document

The International Theological Commission (ITC) has published its latest document, entitled: Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. The document aims to be of service to Catholic theologians and to those with whom they engage in dialogue. It is hoped that it will also help guide those in formation as theologians. Msgr Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at CUA, was president of the subcommission of the ITC that produced the document. The ITC, which consists of thirty theologians from around the world appointed by the Pope to advise the Holy See in theological matters, does much of its work in subcommissions. However, the full commission regularly discusses documents in preparation and decides finally whether to approve them. The present document, "written with respect for all who pursue theological enquiry, and with a profound sense of the joy and privilege of a theological vocation, ...strives to indicate perspectives and principles which characterise Catholic theology and to offer criteria by which that theology may be identified" (n.100).

2012 Cardinal Dearden Lecture Delivered by Bishop Thomas J. Curry

Bishop Thomas J. Curry, auxiliary bishop of Archdiocese of Los Angeles and member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education delivered the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture, Thursday, March 15.  Bishop Curry’s lecture entitled, “Religious Liberty, Conscience and Contraception” addressed the recent HHS mandate.  Click here to access lecture.

Dissertation Defense: Andrew W. Lichtenwalner

Final Examination of Andew W. Lichtenwalner for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

February

Msgr. Stephen J. Rosetti Invited to Join Advisory Board

Msgr Stephen J. Rossetti has been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of the Pontifical Gregorian University's Centre for Child Protection (http://elearning-childprotection.com/course/view.php?id=39).  This e learning center will provide online child protection education and prevention programs to Catholic dioceses and religious orders around the world.  It is sponsored by the Gregorian University and located in Germany.

Dr. John Grabowski Gives Presentation

Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled, “Pornography: What’s In a Look?” at a Campus Ministry Dollar Dinner at Loyola Marymount University in Arlington, VA, Monday, February 20, 2012.  The talk discussed the impact of using pornography on individuals, couples, and communities as well as the moral differences between pornography and art.

STRS Ph.D. Candidate Invited to Present Paper

Matthew Halbach, a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Education/Catechetics, will be presenting a paper entitled, "The Incarnational Dimension of Catechesis and the New Evangelization" at the June 6-9 Theological Symposium, hosted by St. Patrick's College, in Maynooth, Ireland. The Symposium is part of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will be held in Dublin.

Msgr. Stephen J. Rosetti Gives Presentation

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti gave a presentation at Notre Dames' Institute for Church Life on Friday, February 17th entitled, "A Recent Study of Celibacy and the Priesthood: What do the data tell us?"  The symposium entitled, "The Charism of Priestly Celibacy," was attended by over 200 bishops or their representatives from around the United States.  The proceedings will be published in a book by Ave Maria press to be released this Fall.

Dr. Robert Miller Elected to Academic Society

Dr. Robert Miller has been elected as an Associate Member of the Folklore Fellows, an international scholarly network founded in Finland in 1908, furthering professional training of folklorists as well as promoting scholarly contacts and publication activities. Dr. Miller’s election last November was in recognition of his work on oral tradition in ancient Israel and in the Bible.

Dissertation Defense: Jared Ortiz

Final Examination of Jared Ortiz for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

STRS Alumnus Appointed Second Bishop of the Diocese of St. John’s Basseterre

STRS alumnus Monsignor Kenneth D. Richards  (S.T.L. Moral Theology, 2006) will be ordained as the second Bishop of the Diocese of St. John’s Basseterre on February 8, 2012 at the Holy Family Cathedral in the city of St. John’s in Antigua. Our prayers and best wishes are with the Bishop Elect as he assumes his new office and ministry. 

Msgr. Stephen J. Rosetti Presents Paper

Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti presented the paper "Learning From Our Mistakes: Responding Effectively to Child Sexual Abusers" at the Pontifical Gregorian University's week-long symposium entitled, "Toward Healing and Renewal" on February 7th.  The symposium was attended by over 100 bishops representing episcopal conferences around the world and 20 leaders of religious orders. It was supported by the Vatican and Cardinal Levada of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gave the opening address.  There was extensive worldwide media coverage of the event.

STRS Alumna Wins Cardinal Award

Yolanda Scott Brown, an STRS DMin alumnus was one of five recipients of the 2012 Cardinal’s Award honored by Archbishop José H. Gomez for their service “to Church and community.” The award was presented to her at the 23rd annual Cardinal’s Award Dinner which took place in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood on February 4th. Yolanda Scott Brown was born in the Philippines, raised in U.S. cities (daughter of a Navy officer); educated in public and Catholic schools; earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Pace University (New York), a master’s in Theology from Loyola Marymount, and a doctorate in Ministry from The Catholic University of America (CUA). While in the STRS her academic focus was in Adult Spiritual Formation and she has been installed as the Parish Life Director at Blessed Sacrament parish in Hollywood, CA. A write up of Ms. Brown’s many achievements can be read at the following link: http://www.the-tidings.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1967:dedicated-to-faith-and-service-2012-cardinals-award-recipients&catid=113:local&Itemid=402&layout=default&date=2012-04-01; and video of Ms. Brown receiving the 2012 Cardinal’s award can be seen at: http://www.cardinalsawardsdinner.org/honorees.htm. She is married to Mr. Leon Brown and has seven children and 19 grandchildren.

January

Dr. William Dinges gives two presentations

Dr. William Dinges presented a lecture on “Religion and Public Education” at the Institute of International Education, Washington, D.C., on January 23, to a visiting delegation from Saudi Arabia. The lecture was given under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Project. Dr. Dinges also did a presentation on “Trends (and More Trends) in Religion in America” on January 26, at the Theology on Tap gathering at Catholic University.

Dr. Valkenberg co-edits book and publishes article about Al-Ghazali

In December 2011 Dr. Pim Valkenberg co-edited and published a book about Islam in the Netherlands. The title of this book is: Islam in Nederland. Theologische bijdragen in tijden van secularisering (Islam in the Netherlands: Theological Contributions in Times of Secularization), edited by Mohamed Ajouaou, Erik Borgman, and Pim Valkenberg, Amsterdam: Boom, 2011. He also contributed an article about the famous Muslim theologian Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali under the title, “ Islam: Verantwoordelijk voor God”  (Islam: accountable to God) on pages 65-97 of this book.

Dr. Chad C. Pecknold moderates panel on "The Catholicity of the Council"

Dr. Pecknold was moderator for a panel discussion on "The Catholicity of the Council" at a conference on "Keeping the World Awake to God:  The Challenge of Vatican II," co-sponsored by the John Paull II Institute and the journal Communio, January 12-14, 2012.  Click here to read the full story.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., appointed member of pontifical academy

Fr. Lombardo has been appointed a Corresponding Academician of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Academy was established by Pope Leo XIII in 1879 to advance scholarship on St Thomas and to foster the application of his thought to contemporary questions. Click here for more information about the Pontifical Academy.

STRS Faculty and Alumni present papers at NAAL

CUA faculty and alumni gathered at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy in Montreal, Quebec, on Jan. 5-8, 2012. CUA faculty in attendance included Associate Professor Michael Witczak and Assistant Professor Margaret Schreiber. Current CUA students James Sabak and Richard Hilgartner were in attendance, as well as CUA alums Cathie Vincie (this year’s NAAL president), Judith Kubicki, Mark Wedig, Donald La Salle, Richard McCarron, Gabriel Pivarnic, Steve Wilbricht, Jason McFarland, James Hadley, Heidi Miller, and Nicholas Denysenko.  Click here to read more.

Acting Dean published article           

Acting Dean Rev. Mark Morozowich published an article entitled “Tradition or Innovation – An Analysis of Recent Liturgical Developments in the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States” in Worship 86, No. 1 (Jan. 2012): 16-39. Rev. Morozowich presents a study of different liturgical issues in the Ukrainian Catholic Church to argue that a focus on the Byzantine tradition does not mean a mere repetition of the past, but is attentive to the worship needs of the community today.

Dr. John S. Grabowski published article

Dr. John S. Grabowski published an article entitled "The Luminous Excess of the Acting Person: Assessing the Impact of Pope John Paul II on American Catholic Moral Theology."  Journal of Moral Theology  1, no. 1 (2012):  116-47.  The essay argues that efforts by both proponents and critics of the late pope's thought to engage his work by connecting it to existing controversies have been inadequate in their failure to consider the anthropological unity and depth of that teaching.

STRS Professors contribute to new book

Three STRS faculty have contributed chapters to a new book, Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, eds. Gabriel Flynn and Paul D. Murray (Oxford University Press, 2012): Joseph Komonchak, John C. and Gertrude P. Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, wrote "Humani Generis and Nouvelle Théologie," pp. 138-56; Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, wrote, "Ressourcement, Vatican II. and Eucharistic Ecclesiology," pp. 392-404; and Christopher Ruddy, Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, wrote, "Ressourcement and the Enduring Legacy of Post-Tridentine Theology," pp. 185-201.

Rev. Michael Witczak elected Vice President of the North American Academy of Liturgy

Associate Professor Michael Witczak was elected Vice President of the North American Academy of Liturgy at its recent annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec. The election means that Dr. Witczak will serve for three years on the Academy Committee and as president for the 2014 meeting of the Academy. The North American Academy of Liturgy is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship. Dr. Witczak participates in the ongoing seminar on Issues in Medieval Liturgy.

Dr. Christopher Ruddy gave talk on Joseph Ratzinger

Dr. Christopher Ruddy gave a talk entitled "Sect or Mustard Seed? Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI on the Church as a 'Little Flock'", to the monastic community at the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky on 22 December. Ratzinger views the Church through the perspective of salvation history and of Christology, whereby God--working patiently and gently--saves the 'many' through the 'one' (Jesus Christ) and the 'few' (Israel, the Church). The Church--however big or small--by its nature must always remain inwardly open, existing solely to love, serve, and suffer for the 'many.' A closed or sectarian Church contradicts God's saving will.

Dr. Robert Miller published article

Dr. Robert Miller published an article entitled "Oral Performance in Ancient Israel," in "My Spirit at Rest in the North Country" (Zechariah 6.8), ed. H. M. Niemann and M. Augustin (Beitrage zur Erforschung des Alten Testaments und des Antiken Judentums 57; Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011), 229-240. This article provides a detailed study of methods of performing oral "literature" in ancient Israel, drawing on evidence from archaeology, the Bible and other ancient texts, and comparative ethnography.

STRS Congratulates Newly Nominated Cardinal Alumnus Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI nominated STRS alumnus Archbishop Timothy Dolan as a new cardinal on Jan. 5. Archbishop Dolan completed his doctorate in Church History before he was appointed rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome in 1994 and installed as Archbishop of New York in 2009. The formal elevation ceremony will be on Feb. 18. Click here to read Archbishop Dolan’s full bio. Our prayers and best wishes are with the newly nominated Cardinal of New York.

Dissertation Defense:  Thomas W. Ricks

FInal Examination of Thomas W. Ricks for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.

Missives from the "Ice" Final: "Returning Home"

Msgr. Rossetti expresses gratitude for the support he has received for his trip to Antarctica and reflects on his mixed feelings about his return.

Rev. Christopher Begg published article

Rev. Christopher Begg published an article entitled "Yom Kippur in Josephus," The Dax Of Attonement. It's Interpretations in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions (Themes in Biblical Narrative:  Jewish and Christian Traditions, 15th ed. Thomas ieke and Tobias Nicklas; Leiden/Boston:  Brill, 2012) 97-120. This article provides a detailed study of the references to Yom Kippur throughout Josephus’ corpus and compares his treatment of the Day with those of Philo, the Temple Scroll and the Mishnah.

Dissertation Defense: Rev. James George Sabak, OFM

Final Examination of James George Sabak, OFM for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, room 125.