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    Dean Morozowich Leads Discussion on Confession in the Eastern Practice with the Liturgy Faculty at Santa Croce University in Rome

    Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, led a discussion on Eastern Christian penitential practices with the Liturgy Faculty at Santa Croce University in Rome on March 20, 2014. The discussion focused on an article by Basilio Petra entitled “La Prassi Penitenziale Nelle Chiese Ortodosse”, Chiese e Storia: Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana dei Professori di Storia della Chiesa.

     

  • Tampe Defense

    Rev. Luis A. Tampe is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Tuesday, April 8 at 3:30 pm in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "Enuentro Nacional Hispano de pastoral (1972-1985): An Historical and Ecclesiological Analysis".

     

  • Mathu Defense

    Rev. Anthoni Raju Anthony Mathu is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Monday, April 7 at 1pm in the Happel Room. His defense is titled "Dealing With Anger in Ministry in an Indian Cultural Context: Constructive Expression Creates A Caring Impression".

     

  • McCloskey Defense

    Ms. Elizabeth McCloskey will be presenting her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 4 at 2:00 pm in Caldwell 125. Her defense is titled "Lives as Revelatory Texts: Constructing A Spiritual Biography of Arleen McCarty Hynes, O.S.B."

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    March 2014

  • Dean Morozowich Introduces Ambassadors at Capitol Hill Panel on Ukraine

    Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, provided a short introduction to the ambassadors to the United States from Ukraine, Georgia, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania who participated in a panel discussion on “Russian Aggression: Exploring the Implications of Putin’s Annexation of Crimea” which took place on Thursday, March 27 at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

    The discussion was co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the School of Theology and Religious Studies.

     

  • Dr. Grabowski Presents Talk at St. Luke’s Institute

    On March 27, Dr. Grabowski presented a talk titled “Recent Catholic Teaching on Sex and Chastity: An Overview and Some Applications” at Saint Luke’s Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland. The talk provided an overview of significant developments in Catholic theology since the Second Vatican Council and their relevance for therapists working with clients on issues such as sexual fantasy, pornography use, and same sex attraction.

     

  • Dr. Grabowski Presents Talk on Temperance

    “Hungering and Thirsting of Holiness: Recovering Temperance as a Christian Virtue in a Culture of Excess.” Adult Faith Formation Lenten Presentation. St. Timothy Parish, Walkersville, MD, March 28, 2014. This talk examined temperance and its parts both as an acquired and an infused moral virtue and practices needed to develop it.

     

  • Dr. Lamontagne Elected to Society of Biblical Literature Post

    Dr. Nathan Lamontagne (Visiting Assistant Professor, Biblical Studies) has been elected Regional Coordinator of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Dr. Lamontagne’s three-year term will succeed Dr. Robert Miller’s tenure of the position.

     

  • Msgr. Irwin Named Bishops’ Conference Advisor

    This week the Chair of the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship, Bishop Arthur Serratelli, appointed Msgr. Kevin Irwin to a three year term as an advisor to the Divine Worship Committee. Msgr. Irwin served in that capacity in the mid to late 1990’s and from 2004 to the present.

     

  • Dr. Dinges Attends Workshop in Baltimore

    On March 8th Dr. William Dinges gave two workshop presentations on “The Catholic Call and the Environment” at the 35th Annual Baltimore Archdiocesan Social Ministry Convocation at Seton-Keough High School, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Dinges also led two discussion groups at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Silver Spring, MD on March 2, 9, examining the moral, ethical, and environmental issues surrounding factory farming.

     

  • Rev. Regis Armstrong Attends Capuchin Committee

    Regis just returned from a week-and-a-half in Rome as part of an international committee of three of his Capuchin confreres representing Asia, Europe, and North American. Their challenge was to work in three languages to refine a translation of their newly updated Capuchin Constitutions recently approved by the Vatican.

     

  • Dr Ian Boxall Delivers a Lecture on the Book of Revelation

    Dr Ian Boxall delivered a lecture at the Smithsonian Associates on February 27th. The illustrated talk explored the origins of the Book of Revelation in the first century Roman world, its diverse impact on interpreters across the centuries, and its visual interpretation by a wide range of artists.

     

  • Burnford Defense

    Mr. Thomas Burnford presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30 pm in the Happel Room. His defense is titled "Baptismal Catechesis: Helping New Parents Develop Good Faith Practices."

     

  • STRS to Launch New Master of Catechesis Degree

    The School of Theology and Religious Studies is pleased to announce a new degree program, the Master of Catechesis (M.Cat.) that will launch this May.  The 30 semester credit hour program designed to prepare students to spread God’s word as practitioners in the field of catechesis will offer two tracks, on-site and online.  All students who enroll in the first semester will receive a 50 percent tuition discount.  Click here for more information.      

     

  • Vega Defense

    Ms. April Vega presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, March 28 in Caldwell 125 at 1pm. Her defense is titled "Popular Music in Evangelical Worship Services: Secularization and Sacralization."

     

  • Luft Defense

    Rev. Matthew Luft, O.S.B., presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, March 19 at 9:30 am in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "The Proclamation of God’s Wonderful Works in the History of Salvation: The Approach of Robert Waznak, SS, to the Theology, Theory and Practice of the Liturgical Homily."

     

  • Msgr McPartlan Chaired Meeting in Rome

    On 24-25 February, 2014, Msgr Paul McPartlan chaired the meeting in Rome of a subcommission of the International Theological Commission. The meeting continued work on the topic of the sensus fidei in the life of the Church.

     

  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Teaches Live Online Class in Rome

    Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Teaches Live Online Class in Rome Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a visiting professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (PUG) this semester and is teaching a new cou...

  • Dean Morozowich’s Interview on Religious Response to Ukranian Crisis

    Very Rev. Morozowich, a priest of the Ukranian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, was interviewed on March 4 by Catholic News Agency on how religious groups are uniting to oppose Russia’s use of troops in Crimea. Read the full article here.

     

  • Dean Morozowich’s Interview on Religious Response to Ukranian Crisis

    Very Rev. Morozowich, a priest of the Ukranian Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, was interviewed on March 4 by Catholic News Agency on how religious groups are uniting to oppose Russia’s use of troops in Crimea. Read the full article here.

     

  • February 2014

  • Dr. Grabowski Finishes Course at the Continuing Christian Development Institute

    Dr. Grabowski recently concluded teaching an adult education course for Continuing Christian Development Institute on “Ethical Issues Associate with the Beginning and End of Life” which met for four sessions in February (February 3, 10, 17, 24) at St. Luke’s Church in McLean, VA . The course dealt with basic theological perspectives and ethical principles that undergird Catholic bioethics as well as providing an overview of key issues at the beginning and end of human life.

  • Dr. Root Presents Paper on Catholic-Lutheran Relations

    Prof. Michael Root participated in the national Catholic-Lutheran dialogue Feb 20-23. The dialogue met at St. Paul’s College, Washington, DC, and continued work on its theme of “Teaching Ministries.” Root presented a paper on “Teaching Ministries in Ecumenical Dialogues.” The dialogue will meet again in October of this year.

  • Msgr. Irwin speaks at Rome Symposium on the Liturgy

    From Tues. Feb. 18th to Thursday Feb. 21st The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship is ponsored a Symposium held at the Lateran University (Rome) to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy at Vatican II. On the first afternoon of the symposium Msgr. Kevin Irwin gave a main address on “The Theological Keys of Sacrosanctum Concilium, nn. 1-13.”

  • Dr. Grabowski Publishes Essay

    John S. Grabowski published an essay titled “Sex and the City of God: Exploring the Connection Between Sex and Life Issues” in The Crozier 1, no.1 (2014): 4-8. Building on the teaching of Pope Francis, the essay considers the interconnection of issues of sexual difference, sexual activity, with life issues.

  • Dr. Dinges Publishes new article

     Dr. William Dinges has recently published an article with Ilia Delio, OSF, on “Teilhard de Chardin and the New Spirituality.” In Ilia Delio, OSF, ed. From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating an Unfinished Universe. MaryKnoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014, pp. 166-183.

     

  • Rev. Dr. Serra Delivers Paper at NAAL

    On January 4, 2014, Rev. Dr. Dominic Serra delivered a paper titled “The Purpose of the Baptismal Scrutinies; Catechesis, Exorcism, or Interrogation: The Earliest Evidence" at the Problems in the Early History of the Liturgy Seminar.  The seminar was located at the North American Academy of Liturgy, Orlando, FL .

     

  • Fr. Lombardo Presents Paper at Durham University

    On Tuesday February 11, Fr. Nicholas Lombardo presented a paper on “Original Sin, Evolution, and Death” at Durham University. The paper was given for the Catholic Theology Research Seminar organized by Durham’s Centre for Catholic Studies. It looked at the theology of original sin in the light of evolution and modern science.

     

  • Msgr. Irwin's Book Launched in Rome

    On Monday Feb 17th Msgr. Irwin was the guest of honor at pranzo ( lunch) at the Ateneo of Sant Anselmo in Rome which was followed by a reception for faculty members and guests to toast his latest book What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do. Pictured here are the Prior of Sant Anselmo, Fr. Elias Lorenzo, OSB and the Rector Magnificus of the Ateneo Rev. Juan Javier Flores OSB.

  • Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti Briefs Bishops and Priests in South Africa

    Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti went to South Africa to speak to the priests and bishops of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) from January 15-29. He addressed the priests of the Diocese of Cape Town, led a sabbatical group in Durban, and also led a day for the priests of Johannesburg. He also addressed the subject of priest wellness with the bishops of the SACBC which includes South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana. His day long presentation and discussion was held in Swaziland. The Bishops are interested in assisting their priests in living happy and holy lives and discussed with Msgr. Rossetti options for the future.

  • STRS Very Rev. Mark Morozowich Serves as Guest on EWTN Live

    Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, served as special guest on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on their February 5th broadcast. Dean Morozowich provided valuable insight on the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s history, practices and modern day challenges facing Eastern Catholics.

  • Msgr. McPartlan Speaking at Georgetown

    On 29 January 2014, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a lecture at Georgetown University on 'Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues'. The event was organized by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Georgetown.

  • Rev. Alexopoulos Presents Research at the NAAL

    Rev. Alexopoulos presented a talk titled "Inscriptions as a Liturgical Source: The Case of the Parthenon” at the North American Academy of Liturgy, Orlando, FL, 3 January, 2014.

  • January 2014

  • Dr. Benson Publishes Essay

    Dr. Benson has published The Christology of the Breviloquium, in A Companion to Bonaventure, published by Brill. The Companion is the first attempt since 1974 at a comprehensive introduction to Bonaventure's theological thought. Dr. Benson's essay is also the first such essay to exam the Breviloquium's Christological structure."

     

  • Dr. Root Presents Talk at St. Thomas

    On January 21, Michael Root gave the second annual Christian Unity lecture on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, sponsored by the School of Divinity of St. Paul Seminary and the Archdiocese of St. Paul. The lecture was entitled: “Catholic Ecumenism after the Ecumenical Movement Stops Moving.” The lecture explored the basis and shape of a ‘normal’ Catholic ecumenism that can undergird an ecumenical commitment even when ecumenical expectations are low.

  • Dr. Bosworth Publishes New Article

    Dr. David Bosworth published "Daughter Zion and Weeping in Lamentations 1–2" in the current issue of Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. The article examines the personification of Jerusalem as the mother of the community and her tears in Lamentations cluster around the theme of the death of her children.

     

  • Msgr. Irwin Speaks at Southwest Liturgical Conference

    On Thursday January 23rd Msgr. Kevin Irwin delivered a keynote address at the 52nd annual meeting of the Southwest Liturgical Conference, entitled "Liturgy From the Inside: Deepening the Conversation." On Friday January 24th he gave a workshop on preaching to priests and deacons. The Southwest Liturgical Conference is an organization comprising the twenty seven dioceses in the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. It was founded before the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was promulgated at Vatican II and is the oldest liturgical organization in the United States.

  • Olsen Defense

    Ms. Kristina Olsen presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Caldwell 125. Her defense is titled Work in the Spirituality of Teresa of Avila

     

  • New document from the ITC

     On 16 January 2014, the latest document from the International Theological Commission, of which Msgr Paul McPartlan is a member, was published. It is entitled, God the Trinity and the unity of humanity: Christian monotheism and its opposition to violence. Tackling a major issue of current debate, the document, which was finalized at the ITC plenary meeting in Rome in December 2013, responds to the thesis that there is an intrinsic link between monotheism and violence, and firmly argues that 'inter-religious wars and also wars in the name of religion are simply senseless'. The original text is in Italian, and full translations into other languages will follow. Meanwhile, an English outline is available.

  • CUA Faculty and alums participate in annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy

    Dr. Margaret Mary Kelleher, OSU, joined a panel of colleagues in reflecting on the life and ministry of the late world-renowned liturgical scholar Fr. Anscar Chupungco, OSB, in the light of the fifty years since the promulgation of the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy and the fortieth meeting of the NAAL. Dr. Kelleher had served as colleague of Chupungco in the work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Alumnus Fr. Don LaSalle, SMM, was elected Vice President of the NAAL. A number of faculty and alumni were present at the meeting in various roles. Faculty members present included Dean Mark Morozowicz, liturgy area director Rev. Dr. Dominic Serra, former Dean Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Dr. Margaret Schreiber, OP, and recently hired Rev. Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos. Former faculty member Fr. Gerard Austin, OP, was also present, along with some recent instructors at CUA, including Dr. Katharine Harmon and Fr. Daniel Merz. Alums present included Dr. Catherine Vincie, RSHM, Dr. Judith Kubicki, CSSF, Dr. Steven Wilbricht, CSC, Dr. Gabriel Pivarnik, OP, Dr. James Donohue, CR, Dr. Mark Wedig, OP, Dr. Patricia Parachini, SNJM, Dr. Janet Walton, SNJM, and Dr. Richard McCarron, who also edits the Proceedings of the NAAL. Current doctoral student Lisa Weaver was also in attendance as a first time visitor. Alumnus Fr. George Nursey was part of the local committee for the meeting and provided help in a variety of ways both before, during, and after the meeting.

  • Liturgy Associate Professor Michael Witczak completes his term as President of the North American Academy of Liturgy

    Faculty member Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak completed his year as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), meeting in Orlando, Florida, from January 2-5, 2014. During the meeting, he presided at the opening worship, at the annual business meeting, and over the Berakah Award ceremony, honoring Franciscan Father Gil Ostdiek for a lifetime of service to the Academy.

  • Fr. Witczak Teaches in Diocesan Certificate Program

    Fr. Michael Witczak gave a series of presentations for the Diocese of Las Vegas at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish for participants in a certificate program in liturgical studies. On Friday, January 10, 2014, he spoke on “The History of the Order of Mass,” and on Saturday, January, 11, 2014, he spoke on “The Order of Mass, Part 1: The Entrance Rites and the Liturgy of the Word,” and on “The Order of Mass, Part 2: The Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rite.”

  • Fr Lombardo gives papers at conferences in Taiwan and China

    In December, Fr Nicholas Lombardo participated in conferences at Fu Jen University (Taipei), East China Normal University (Shanghai), Fudan University (Shanghai), and Xi’an Jiaotong University (Xi’an). At the conferences, which were organized in collaboration with CUA’s Center for Research in Values and Philosophy, he gave papers on philosophical concepts and cross-cultural communication, the metaphysics of desire, and globalization and boredom.

  • TRS Faculty Members Participate in New Ecumenical Dialogue Commission

    Rev. Michael Witczak, associate professor of liturgical studies, and Msgr. Michael Clay, clinical assistant professor of pastoral studies, have been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as members of the Roman Catholic team for dialogue with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The commission met January 8-12 in Nashville, TN to begin a five-year discussion around the topic: "Christians: Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist."

  • Dr. Benson Gave Lecture on St. Francis

    On January 13, 2014 Dr. Benson gave a short lecture to the John Carroll Society on St. Francis. The presentation included a discussion Francis's life and the artwork in the Basilica of St. Francis.

     

  • Dr. Lantigua Presented Paper

    Dr. Lantigua presented a paper at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics held between January 9-12 in Seattle. The paper was entitled, "The Image of God, Rights Talk, and the School of Salamanca."

     

  • Rev. Alexopoulos Has Published an Article on Converts to the Orthodox Church

    “Accepting Adult Converts in the Orthodox Church: Theory and Practice” in Hans-Jürgen Feulner (ed.), Liturgies in East and West: Ecumenical Relevance of Early Liturgical Development. Austrian Studies of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology (Vienna: LIT-Verlag 2013) 19-32.

     

  • Dean Morozowich Interviewed by Catholic News Services

    The Very Reverend Mark Morozowich was interviewed by the Catholic News Service and gave his thoughts on the church in 2013 and predictions for the church in 2014. For the videos and reflections, please click here.

  • Rev. Alexopoulos has Published an Article on the Typikon in the Codico-Liturgical Method

    “The Place of the Typikon in the Codico-Liturgical Method” in Klaas Spronk, Gerard Rouwhorst, Stefan Royé (eds.) A Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts in their Liturgical Context: Challenges and Perspectives. Collected Papers resulting from the expert meeting of the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts programme held at the PThU in Kampen, the Netherlands on 6th-7th November 2009 (CBM-Subsidia 1) (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013) 25-33.

  • Rev. Alexopoulos has Published an Article on Byzantine Manuscripts

    “The Necessity and Challenges of a Liturgical Series in the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts” in Klaas Spronk, Gerard Rouwhorst, Stefan Royé (eds.) A Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts in their Liturgical Context: Challenges and Perspectives. Collected Papers resulting from the expert meeting of the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts programme held at the PThU in Kampen, the Netherlands on 6th-7th November 2009 (CBM-Subsidia 1) (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013) 273-279, co-authored with the late Rev. Dr. Demetrios Tzerpos.

  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Preaches Retreat to Bishops of Region VIII

    Msgr Stephen J. Rossetti was invited by and preached a retreat to the Catholic Bishops of Region VIII which includes Minnesota plus North and South Dakota. The retreat was held at the Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat House in California January 4-10, 2014. The retreat was entitled: "A Catholic Spirituality for a Secular Age." This is the fifth bishops' retreat Msgr. Rossetti has preached.

  • Msgr. Irwin Addresses National Convention

    On Wednesday Jan. 8th Msgr. Kevin Irwin gave an address to the Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians Annual Convention in Washington D.C. on the topic “The Theology of Hymns and Hymns in the Liturgy.” The talk was followed by a wide ranging discussion among musicians from across the USA and Oceania.

  • Dr. Boxall has made a contribution to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation

    Dr. Ian Boxall has contributed an article to the recently-published Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (ed. Steven L. McKenzie, Oxford University Press 2013). His article, on “Reception Theory/Criticism”, was co-authored with Professor Christopher Rowland of Oxford University.

  • Alumnus Publishes Doctoral Dissertation

    Alum Brendan Sammon has published his doctoral dissertation The God Who is Beauty: Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite, which examines both the historical development of beauty’s appropriation as a name for God in Dionysius and Thomas, and the various contours of what it means. As a phenomenon of inquiry, beauty proves itself to be enigmatic and elusive to even the sharpest intellects in the Greek philosophical tradition. When it is absorbed within the Christian theological synthesis, however, its enigmatic content proves to be a powerful resource for theological reasoning.

  • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Publishes Article on Priesthood in America Magazine

    Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti's article, "The First Five Years: How the Church Can Support Young Priests in a Secular Age" was published in America Magazine, Vol 210(1) January 6-13, 2014, pp. 15-18. In the article, Msgr. Rossetti focuses on two current trends: secularization and decreasing numbers of priests as challenges for the young priests of today. He goes on to discuss important ways to help them meet these challenges and thus to succeed and thrive in priesthood today.