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 September

Msgr McPartlan to be Paluch Lecturer in 2016-17

Msgr Paul McPartlan is to be the 2016-17 Chester and Margaret Paluch Lecturer at the University of St Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. In that capacity, he will deliver three lectures on the theme, '"A Sure Compass": The Continuing Reception of Vatican II', during the course of the present academic year.

Fr. Witczak publishes new course

Fr. Witczak recently published a new course in three formats, audio CD and audio MP3 and video DVD: Becoming a Catholic: The History and Practice of Initiation (Bethesda, MD: Now Your Know Media, 2016). Click above for more information.

Msgr. Irwin Attends Meetings in Rome Regarding Faith and Ecology

In conjunction with the AAAS grant on Science in Seminaries Msgr. Irwin is presently attending the XIII meeting of University Professors in Rome co-sponsored by the Congregation for Catholic Education and Sapienza University. Click above for more details.

New Essay from Fr. Ford has been published

Fr. Ford's newest essay, "Ecumenical Ecology and Ecological Ecumenism: Reflections on the Encyclicals of Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis," appeared in Ecumenical Trends 45/8 (September 2016)" 1-6,15.

Dr. Miller on Oral Tradition and the Psalms

Dr. Miller's paper, "Ritual Performance of Hebrew Mythic Psalms," was presented September 2 at the "Orality and Narration: Performance and Mythic-Ritual Poetics" Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World XII Conference in Switzerland, at Puidoux near Lausanne.

Msgr. Clay Presents Conference on the Revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony

Msgr. Michael Clay, Associate Dean for Seminary and Ministerial Studies, offered a day-long conference to the priests of the Diocese of Raleigh on August 30 on the recently revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony. The conference examined the expanded Praenotanda, the revisions to the Order, and the new appendices.

August

VOA interviews Fr. Witczak

Voice of America (VOA) Interviewed Fr. Witczak about Mother Theresa and her upcoming canonization. Click above for the link to the article and video.

Integrating Science in Theology. Dr. Bosworth's newest blog post

Dr. Bosworth, a Sinai and Synapses Fellow, wrote a blog post about how ministers can bring science to their theology that originated from his presentation for a faculty retreat for the Science for Seminaries grant. Click above for links.

New Edited Volume published by Dr. Miller

Robert Miller has published an edited volume, Between Israelite Religion and Old Testament Theology: Essays on Archaeology, History, and Hermeneutics (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology 80; Leuven: Peeters, 2016). In this volume of collected essays, Dr. Miller contributed "Iron Age Medicine Men and Old Testament Theology.”

Dr. Bosworth presented a paper

Dr. Bosworth presented a paper “Infant Weeping in Hebrew and Greek Infant Abandonment Stories” at the Catholic Biblical Association.

Dr. Bosworth’s new book.

Dr. Bosworth’s new book Infant Weeping in Akkadian, Hebrew, and Greek Literature has been published

Dr. Bosworth Science for Seminaries retreat

Dr. Bosworth attended the "Science for Seminaries" retreat in Newagen, Maine and presented three talks about CUA's experience of the "Science for Seminaries" grant for Catholic and Orthodox seminary faculty interested in incorporating science into their courses.

Fr. Ford Conference

At the annual conference of the Newman Association of America, the following people from STRS gave presentations: Lisa Adams (Ph.D. candidate, Historical Theology): "What Newman meant by 'Rhetoric'"; Carlos Taja (Ph.D. candidate, Systematic Theology): "Newman's Epistemology of Faith and Revelation"; John Ford c.s.c. "Newman Trivia: Family and Friends."

Fr. Ford Review Essay

Fr. Ford's review-essay "Newman on Vatican II" was published in Newman Studies Journal 13/1 (Spring 2016): 80-87.

 July

Dr. Grabowski Plenary Address

Last Friday (July 22) Dr. Grabowski gave a plenary address at the Courage Conference which was held on CUA's campus entitled "Create in Me a Clean Heart: The Perils of Pornography." The presentation discussed and amplified ideas in the recent pastoral statement of the USCCB on the moral evil of pornography, its impact on persons and society, and how the Christian community is called to respond to pornography use or addiction among its members.

Dr. Grabowski Presentation

Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation at Symposium "Hope, Help, and Healing: A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence" meeting on our campus. The presentation was entitled "Church Teaching on Marriage, Domestic Abuse and Violence." It provided an overview of resources in scripture and catholic tradition to understand the moral evil of domestic violence and the way these resources are being brought to bear on it in recent magisterial teaching.

 June

Dr. Jones Paper Presentation

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Master Sheng-yen’s Pure Land Teachings: Synthesizing the Traditional and the Modern” at the 6th International Sheng Yen Buddhist Conference “Chinese Buddhism and Master Sheng Yen in the Contexts of Modernity and the Buddhist Historical Imagination” in Taipei, Taiwan July 1, 2016.

Dr. Grabowski Presentation

On June 25 Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation to Archbishop Chaput and the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the topic of "Emerging Challenges to Marriage and the Family." The presentation examined the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the Sexual revolution, and the explosion of technology on marriage as well as specific challenges and opportunities facing the Church in its ministry to couples and families

International Theological Dialogue

Msgr. Michael Clay and Fr. Michael Witczak both participated in the fourth session of the fifth phase of the Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue. Click above for more details.

Fr. Ford Presentation

Fr. Ford gave a presentation "Ecumenical Ecology and Ecological Ecumenism: the encyclicals of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew" at the Orientale Lumen XX conference in Washington, DC, June 21-24.

Dr. Valkenberg Article

The article "God(s) of Abraham Sibling rivalry between two faiths" written by Dr. Valkenberg was published in the Christian Century. Click above to see the article link.

Dr. Jones gave a presentation

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the talk “The Pedagogy of Chinese Sutra Translation” at the conference “Sutra Transmission and Translation” hosted by the Dunhuang Research Institute and the Woodenfish Foundation at Dunhuang, China on June 16, 2016.

Msgr McPartlan teaches Communion Ecclesiology at Mount Angel

From 13-17 June 2016, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave an intensive course on 'Communion Ecclesiology Today' at Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. This was the inaugural course of the new Doctor in Ministry (DMin) program at Mount Angel.

Dr. Valkenberg Book Interview

Dr. Valkenberg was interviewed by Dr. Joseph Preville and Julie Harbin about his new book “Nostra Aetate: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Catholic Church’s Dialogue with Jews and Muslims.”

Fr. Ford Served as Moderator

John Ford c.s.c. served as the moderator for the session, Newman and the Crisis of Modernity, at the convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, in San Juan Puerto Rico (June 9-12).

Dr. Cloutier Receives Book Award

New Faculty member Dr. David Cloutier received the third place award in social ethics at the CPA awards for his book, Vice of Luxury.

Msgr. Irwin Book

Msgr. Iriwn's latest book THE SACRAMENTS: Historical Precedents and Liturgical Theology received the first place book award in the Liturgy category from the Catholic Press Association as announced at their annual meeting in St. Louis this last weekend.

Dr. Capizzi Article

Dr. Capizzi wrote an article discussing if private vice can produce public virtue. The article is posted on Big Questions Online. Click above to view the article.

May

STRS Proudly Graduates 64 Students

On Saturday, May 14th, the School of Theology and Religious Studies distributed degrees to 64 of its undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Grabowski Presentation

Dr. Grabowski gave a presentation at the Academy of Catholic Theology Conference on May 25th: "Family in the Ministry of Pope Francis: Reflections from the Synod." The presentation related some of my own experience as an adiutor at the Synod, offered an interpretation of the purpose of the Synod in the light of Pope Francis's ministry and Amoris laetitia, and identified some critical theological and pastoral issues facing the Church in the aftermath of the Synods and the Apostolic Exhortation.

Dr. Jones Presentation

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the lecture "How Did Zen Become Zen" for the Smithsonian Associates, Washington D.C., on May 24, 2016.

Dr. Grabowski Keynote

Dr. Grabowski gave the keynote address for the Archdiocese of Washington's Priests Convocation. The title was:    " 'Pastors Who Take on the Smell of Their Sheep': Priestly Accompaniment of Families in Light of Amoris laetitia."

Dr. Miller Article

Robert Miller has published an article, "Iconographic Links between Indic and Ancient West Asian Storm Gods" in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenlandischen Gesellschaft 166 (2016): 141-52.

Fr. Alexopoulos Lecture

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos offered a series of lectures titled "The Power of Worship: Insights from Liturgical History, Liturgical Theology and Liturgical Anthropology” at the Annual Lenten Retreat of the Order of St. Andrew of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the Hamptons, NY, April 15-16, 2016.

April

Updated Tracking Sheets

Upon review of the Rector's Handbook and the three recently approved tracking sheets, it appears that the Introduction to Patristic Theology course is a degree requirement of the S.T.B. and by extension, the Joint S.T.B./M.Div. program. It is not a degree requirement for those who are only pursuing the M. Div. degree. For more information, follow the link.

Fr. Alexopoulos Lecture

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos lectured on the topic “The Hymns of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy: History and Practice” at the Church Music Institute (Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston), Brookline, MA, April 9, 2016.

Msgr. Irwin Activities

On Wednesday April 6 the Pontifical Liturgical Institute at Sant Anselmo (Rome) hosted a book launch for Msgr. Irwin's latest book, The Sacraments: Historical Foundations and Liturgical Theology. On Tuesday April 19 Msgr. Irwin presented a paper at the International Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue (Malines) group. Click above to view more details

Msgr. McPartlan Interviewed on NPR

The NPR program, "All Things Considered", on Sunday 10 April contained an interview with Msgr Paul McPartlan on Catholic-Orthodox relations in light of the planned visit of Pope Francis to the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday 15 April, where, together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens he will highlight the plight of refugees and migrants.

Crowell Defense

Mr. Trevor Crowell presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday April 18, 2016. His disseration is titled, "The Biblical Homilies of Ephraem Graecus"

Agbagwa Defense

Mr. Godswill Uchenna Agbagwa presented his dissertation for the Degree of Sacred Theology, Moday, April 18, 2016. His Disseratation is titled, " Towards Situating Solidarity in the Thomistic Understanding of Virtue."

King Defense

Mr. Lawrence Jerome King presented his dissertation for the Degree of Philosophy on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. His dissertation is titled, " The Authoritative Weight of Non-Definitive Magisterial Teaching ."

Martin Defense

Mr. Matthew Martin presented his dissertation for the Doctor of Philosophy on Thursday, April 21, 2016. His dissertation is titled, "The Kingdom of Heaven in the Gospel Commentaries of St. Thomas Aquinas: Historical, Eccleiological and Eschatological Dimensions."

Radice Defense

Ms. Lindsay Radice presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Her disseration titled "A Mutiple Case Study Investigation into the Instructional Methodologies utilized by Catholic School Religion Teachers to Implement the 'Doctrinal Elements of Curriculum Framework for Young People of High School Age'".

Beldio Defense

Mr. Patrick Beldio presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 22, 2016. His dissertation is titled "Art and Beauty, Opposition and Growth, in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram".

DeCelles Defense

Mr. Mark DeCelles presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, April 22, 2016. His dissertation is titled "The Faithfulness of God in the Theology of Walter Kasper".

Dr. Gregory Article

Bradley Gregory has published an article, "Vice and Virtue in the Moral Vision of the Latin of Sirach" in Biblica 97 (2016): 41-61.

Saarinen Defense

Mr. Tapani Saarinen successfully defended his dissertation on Wednesday, April 27th. His dissertation is titled, "The Christian, the Church, and Causes of War: A Systematic Analysis of the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Call to Just Peace".

Wise Defense

Mr. Joshua Wise presented his dissertation on Thursday, April 28th. His dissertation titled, "The Role of Hell in Various Universalistic Theologies with Special Reference to the Theology of George MacDonald".

Msgr. Clay R.C.I.A Presentations

Msgr. Clay Offers R.C.I.A. Presentations at Conference Sponsored by the Diocese of Lafayette

Dr. Miller Book

Robert Miller has published an edited volume, The Highest Form of Wisdom: A Memorial Book in Honor of Professor Saul S. Friedman (New York: Ktav, 2016). In this volume of collected essays, Dr. Miller contributed "God and the Asiatic Mode of Production."

March

Msgr. Clay Leads Parish Staff Retreat

Msgr. Clay led a retreat for the parish staff of All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead, NC on Friday, March 4.  The retreat focused on spiritual and pastoral strategies for evangelization.

Msgr. Clay Makes Presentation for Year of Mercy Lecture Series

Msgr. Clay spoke at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Richmond, VA on Monday, March 7, as part of its Year of Mercy Lecture Series.  His presentation, the third in the series, was "God's Mercy and Forgiveness in the Sacraments."

Michael Wimsatt Defense

Rev. Michael Wimsatt successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, March 18 at 10:00 am. His dissertation is titled "Ecclesial Themes in the Mediterranean Writings of John Henry Newman (December 1832 - July 1833)".

Fr. Heil on the Gospel of John

Fr. Heil made a presentation entitled "Worship in the Gospel of John" at the regional meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association that took place at the Dominican House of Studies on March 19.

Lantigua Article

Dr. Lantigua wrote an article "The Image of God, Christian Rights Talk, and the School of Salamanca," Journal of Law and Religion 31, no. 1 (March 2016): 19-41.

Dr. Grabowski published an article

John S. Grabowski and Christopher Gross, "An Analysis of GSUSA's Policy of Serving Transgender Youth: Implications for Catholic Practice" Journal of Moral Theology 5:1 (2016): 86-110.

Msgr McPartlan on Primacy in the Church

Msgr Paul McPartlan has a paper entitled 'Primacy and Eucharist: Recent Catholic Perspectives' in the recently published volume, John Chryssavgis, ed., Primacy in the Church: The Office of Primate and the Authority of Councils (Yonkers NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2016), vol.1, pp.217-236.

Fr. Ford Essay

Publication of Fr. Ford Essay: "Vatican II's Decree on Ecumenism at Age Fifty: An Exhausted Inheritance or a Living Legacy" Ecumenical Trends 45/3 (March 2016): 1-7, 15.

 

 

February

Dr. Gregory Published an Article

Bradley Gregory has published an article, "Isaiah 14 (LXX) as Narrative Template for Antiochus IV in 2 Maccabees 9" in The Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies.

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered the paper

"The Power of the Word: Preaching and Iconography in a Greek Orthodox Church” at the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, Washington, DC, February 4, 2016

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article

“When a Column Speaks: The Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon” in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 69 (2015) pages 159-178.

Recinella Defense

Ms. Therese Recinella presented her treatise for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Thursday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. Her treatise is titled, “Lectio Divina: A Spiritual Practice for for Lay Volunteer Catechetics."

Annual Dearden Lecture

The Dearden lecture honors the late archbishop of Detroit who was known for his work to implement the teachings of Vatican II in the United States. This annual lecture is supported by a fund established for the purpose of implementation in 1982 by a number of American bishops, who wished to honor Cardinal John Dearden, archbishop of Detroit (1958-80), for his erudition, wisdom, and leadership of the Church in the United States.

Dr. Grabowski spoke on "Family and the New Evangelization: Pope Francis and the Synods"

On February 4, 2016 Dr. Grabowski spoke on "Family and the New Evangelization: Pope Francis and the Synods" at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. The presentation examined Pope Francis' s vision for the the role of families within the New Evangelization and how the recent Synods fit into it. Particular attention was devoted to the formation of families in this evangelizing effort.

Dr. Grabowski spoke at CUA on Tap

On February 11, 2916 Dr. Grabowski and his wife spoke at CUA on Tap sponsored by Campus Ministry on campus. They spoke on "Christian Marriage: Understanding, Living It. and Preparing for It." The presentation examined marriage as a covenant and a sacrament in the Church's teaching and in the experience of couples who seek to live it. It also looked at challenges facing college students pondering their future vocations and how to overcome them.

Dr. Grabowski speaks at St. Francis Church

On February 12,2016 my wife Claire and I spoke at St. Francis Church in Derwood, MD on "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage as the Domestic Church" The presentation discussed the threefold offices of Christ as priest, prophet, and king as lived out by a couple in their life together and their vocation as parents.

Dr. Grabowski published an article

John S. Grabowski and Christopher Gross, "An Analysis of GSUSA's Policy of Serving Transgender Youth: Implications for Catholic Practice" Journal of Moral Theology 5:1 (2016): 86-110.

 January

Fr. Alexopoulos delivered a paper

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos delivered the paper "Anamnesis, Epiclesis and Mimesis in the Minor Hours of the Byzantine Rite" at the 2016 North American Academy of Liturgy Conference (Houston, January 7-10).

Msgr. Irwin Launches New Book

Paulist Press hosted a reception for over one hundred and fifty people at the North American Academy of Liturgy meeting in Houston on January 8th to launch Msgr. Irwin's new book SACRAMENTS: Historical Precedents and Liturgical Theology.

Fr. Alexopoulos published an article

Fr. Alexopoulos published article Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published the article "The Office of the Royal Hours" in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 686-701 [in Greek].

Dr. Jones Presented a Paper

Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Western Pure Land, Mind-Only Pure Land, or Humanistic Pure Land: Intersections in Practice and Social Action” at the conference “Humanistic Pure Land and Amitabha Pure Land”

New Edition of Msgr McPartlan's Book on Primacy

In January 2016, CUA Press published a new edition of Msgr Paul McPartlan's book, A Service of Love: Papal Primacy, the Eucharist, and Church Unity, with a new Postscript taking account of developments regarding primacy and Catholic-Orthodox relations during the pontificate of Pope Francis.

Fr. Alexopoulos Gives Presentation

On January 19, Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, together with Prof. Stig-SymeonFrøyshov from the University of Oslo, presented at Dumbarton Oaks (Byzantine Studies Program) on the history, implementation, and publications of the Catalogue of Byzantine Manuscripts (CBM) Project. For the project, see http://www.pthu.nl/cbm/

Fr. Witczak Presented a Paper

Associate Professor Rev. Dr. Michael G. Witczak presented a paper to the seminar on Issues in Medieval Liturgy at the North American Academy of Liturgy held in Houston in January, entitled "Alcuin and the Liturgy: The Testimony of His Lives of Saints."

Msgr. Irwin Lecture

Msgr. Irwin delivered the Aquinas Lecture at Providence College on January 27. Among those attending were STRS alums Dr. Gary Culpepper, Chair of the Theology Dept, Rev. Gabriel Pivarnik O. P. Vice President for Mission and Ministry and Rev. James Sabak, O. F. M. Assistant Professor of Theology.

Dr. Grabowski Presentation

On Thursday, January 28th I presented "Inside the Synod on Family: What Happened and What Does It Mean?" The presentation was sponsored by the Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. The presentation discussed the events of the 2015 Synod, it's place within the pontificate of pope Francis, and its significance for the Church in its current ministry to families.

Msgr McPartlan Speaking in Bari, Italy, on Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address on 'Synodality and Primacy in Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue

Fr. Alexopoulos Lectures

Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos was invited by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese over the weekend of January 30-31 to New York to deliver two lectures on the occasion of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, St. John Chrysostom) - also known as Greek Letters Day.

STRS ranked among the top North American Seminaries

The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies is highlighted among the top 25 of 231 seminaries that were surveyed according to the Report on Faith and Ecology Courses in North American Seminaries

Fr. Heil Book

Fr. Heil Wrote a New Book on the Gospel of John

Rev. Dennis Edwards

Rev. Dennis Edwards, an alumnus of the School of Theology & Religious Studies received an honorary degree.

December

Ralph Defense

Ralph Defense Ms. Allison Ralph presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Her dissertation is titled, “Metaphors of Sickness and the Social Body in the Constantinian Era.”

Dr Grabowski presented at St. Ignatius Church

On December 7, 2015, Dr Grabowski gave a presentation entitled “The Synod on Family—What Really Happened and What Does It Mean” at St. Ignatius Church in Ijamsville, MD. The presentation dealt with the nature of synods, the two recent synods on family in light of Pope Francis’s call for a “synodal Church” and his pontificate as a whole, considered critical theological questions facing the Church in the aftermath of these event. Particular attention was devoted to the implantation of the Synod’s vision on the parish level.

Dr Grabowski lectured at the Thomas More Society, Wilmington, DE

On December 10, 2015 Dr Grabowski presented “Pope Francis, the Synods, and the Family: Seeing the Big Picture” at a lecture sponsored by the Thomas More Society of the diocese of Wilmington, DE. This presentation also discussed the 2015 Synod on Family in relation to the pontificate of Pope Francis and highlighted unresolved theological questions in its wake. This discussion focused in particular on the Church’s outreach to the divorced and remarried and the significance of the recent reforms of the annulment procedure.

DelMonico Defense

Mr. Marc DelMonico presented his dissertation for the degree of Doctors of Philosophy on Friday, December 11, 2015, at 2:00p.m. in Caldwell 125. His dissertation is titled, "Communication, Communion and Conflict in the Theologies of Gregory Baum and Patrick Granfield."

Evans defense

Mr. Joshua Evans presented his degree for the Doctors of Philosphy on Friday, December 11, 2015. His dissertation is titled, “Augustine's Unfinished Work Against Julian: The Ancient and Contemporary Dispute Over Concupiscence.”

Jenislawski Defense

Mr. Eric Jenislawski presented his degree for the Doctors of Philosphy on Friday, December 11, 2015. His dissertation is titled, “A Comparative Study of the Hermeneutics of Henri de Lubac and Hans-Georg Gadamer.”

Fr. Ford Fellowship

The Newman Association of America has established "The Rev. John T. Ford C.S.C. Conference Fellowship" for young scholars to attend the annual Newman conference.

Fr. Ford Article

Fr. Ford published an article "John Henry Newman: A Short Introduction to his Writings" appeared in Newman Studies Journal 12/2 (Fall 2015): 32-44.

Dr. Bosworth published an artice

Dr. David Bosworth published the article "Ancient Prayer and the Psychology of Religion: Deities as Parental Figures" in the current issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature 134 (2015) 681-700.

November

Fr. Ford: Junipero Serra

Rev. John T. Ford c.s.c. gave a presentation, "Junípero Serra: ¿un santo para nuestro tiempo?" at the Día Catequético, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, at Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland, on November 8.

Dr. Grabowski lecture

On November 12, 2015 I delivered the annual Building Spiritual Bridges to the Community lecture at the Pontifical College Josephinum

Msgr McPartlan Interview

On Monday 16 November 2015, Msgr McPartlan was interviewed by Catholic News Agency/EWTN News with regard to some comments made the previous day by Pope Francis

Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting

The Biblical Studies Area was well-represented at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta November 21-24.

  • Harmon Defense

    Ms. Tera Harmon presented her dissertation for the degree of Doctors of Philosophy on Friday, November 20, 2015, at 11:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. Her dissertation is titled,"Motion And Anthropology In The Writings Of Gregory Of Nyssa."

  • Dr. Jones published an Article

    Dr. Charles B. Jones has published “The Pure Land in the History of Chinese Buddhism,” in The Buddhist World. ed. John Powers. London: Routledge, 2015, p. 219-234.

    Msgr. McPartlan Catholic Orthodox event

    Msgr McPartlan in Joint Catholic-Orthodox Event at the University of St Thomas

     Rev. John T. Ford c.s.c. gave a presentation

    Fr. Ford gave a presentation: "Junípero Serra: ¿un santo para nuestro tiempo?" at the Día Catequético, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, at Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland, on November 8.

     October

     Two of Msgr McPartlan's Books Translated

    Translations of two of Msgr Paul McPartlan's books were published during Summer 2015.

     Msgr. McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    Msgr. Paul McPartlan took part in a meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee of the international Catholic-Orthodox theological dialogue in Rome

     Dr. William Dinges Participates as a Speaker in Two Events

    Dr. William Dinges was a participant/respondent at the Australian Catholic University Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry International Research Seminar on Laudato Si’ and Dr. Dinges was also a guest speaker.

     Dr. Bosworth published an article in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

    David Bosworth published an article "Weeping in Recognition Scenes in Genesis and the Odyssey"

     Dr. Grabowski served as expert at General Synod

    John Grabowski served as an expert (adiutor) at the 14th General Synod of Bishops 

      Dr. David Lantigua has published an article in Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of Scripture

    Dr. David Lantigua has published the article, “War and the Ethics of Evangelization: The Great Commission in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Political Thought,” 

     Dr. Pecknold wrote a National Review Article

    Dr. Chad Pecknold wrote an article for the National Review entitled "Liberal Pharisees in the Catholic Church" Click here to read the article. 

     Msgr. Irwin Lectures

    Msgr. Irwin delivered an address on “Pope Francis’ Teaching on the Environment” to the School for World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

     Msgr. Clay Publishes Article on Parish Evangelization

    The Article is entitled "Making Evangelization a Parish Priority:  A Pastor's Observations"  in Pastoral Liturgy

     Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Mysterium Fidei

    Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address at the National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

     STRS Professors at 50th Anniversary Ecumenical Meeting

    Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor Fr Joseph Komonchak took part in a special meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

     Fr. Ford- "Pope Francis and the Latino Community"

    Rev. John Ford participated in a Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program: "Pope Francis and the Latino Community with Dr. Sandra Barrueco (Psychology) and Dr. Stephanie Pridgeon (Modern Languages) at Catholic University on October 28.

     Msgr. Clay preaches for Diocesan Red Mass

    Msgr. Michael Clay, Pastoral Studies area director, offered the homily for the annual Diocesan Red Mass on October 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC.  This annual Mass is celebrated to pray and express gratitude for those serving in the legal and judicial professions in North Carolina. Participants included judges, lawyers, legal assistants, law school professors, and law students.

     

     Msgr Stephen J Rossetti Receives SLI Award

    Msgr Stephen Rossetti received the 2015 St Luke Award at the Apostolic Nunciature on
    Monday Oct 19th.

     Fr. Ford - "Newman in the English-Speaking World" 

    On Friday, October 9, Fr. Ford gave a presentation on "Newman in the English-speaking world" at the Coloquio Internacional: "John Henry Newman y los desafíos contemporáneos" at the Guadalajara campus of the Universidad Panamericana (México) and was homilist at the concluding liturgy on October 10.

     

      North American Academy of Liturgy Meeting

    The Liturgical Studies Area hosted an informal meeting of the local members of the North American Academy of Liturgy on Monday, October 19. The main speaker was Fr. Dominic Serra who spoke on the use of Scripture in the Roman Euchology. The meeting concluded with a small reception.

     Fr. Alexopoulos - "The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour:History and Theology"

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos published an article titled “The Offices of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hour: History and Theology” [in Greek] in Ecclesia 92 (2015) 480—496.

     

    September

     

     Daniel Klimek Dissertation Defense

    This dissertation will seek to explore the neuroscientific and medical studies performed on the Medjugorje visionaries, and analyze what hermeneutical contributions they make to debates on mysticism and religious experiences.

     Dr. Born in Forbes Discussing Baby Boommers and Pope Francis

    Dr. Born discusses Boomer Catholics and changes in their religiosity while also addressing the impact (if any) Francis may have on Boomers’ return to the Church.

     Dr. Christopher Born Interviews with The Washington Post

    Dr. Born discusses American Catholicism and how Pope Francis is being received by American Catholics.

     Dr. Bosworth Participating in the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship

    Dr. David Bosworth has been selected to participate in the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship

     Dr. Grabowski Presents at the Diocese of Harrisburg 2015 Education Conference

    "Forming Families for the New Evangelization:  The Task of Catholic Education."  Keynote address for the Diocese of Harrisburg 2015 education conference. 

     Dr. John Grabowski Publishes an Essay

    Dr. Grabowski publishes “Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience.” 

     

     Dr. John Grabowski Publishes an Essay

    Dr. Grabowski publishes “Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience.”

     Dr. John Grabowski Participates in Panel Discussion at the Washington Theological Consortium

    Dr. Grabowski was part of a panel discussion at the Washington Theological Consortium at Virginia Theological Seminary on "Marriage, Family, and Sexuality: Theological, Moral, and Pastoral Implications." 

     Dr. David Lantigua Gives Lecture at the Shaw Library in DC

    Dr. David Lantigua delivers lecture entitled “Bishops of the Poor in the Latin American Tradition of Human Rights” at the Shaw Library in Washington, DC

     Fr. Alexopoulos - Paper Presentation "Prayer at the Eucharist: Shifts in the Use of Scripture"

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos presented a paper titled “Prayer at the Eucharist: Shifts in the Use of Scripture” at the International Conference Liturgical Reception of the Bible: Dimensions and Perspectives for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Regensburg, on September 25, 2015.

     

     

     Dr. William Dinges interviewed on aspects of Papal visit.

    Dr. Dinges was featured on aspects of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. in a Swiss Broadcasting Corporation RSI Radiotelevision interview with Roberto Antonini; with Francois Clemenceau, chief editor of the World News section of Le Journal du Dimanche; and with Jonathan Schuppe on NBCNews.com. 

     Dr. William Dinges gave a lecture entitled “Sources Informing Pope Francis’ Thought in Laudato Si

    On September 10, Dr. William Dinges lectured on “Sources Informing Pope Francis’ Thought in Laudato Si’ at a Symposium at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Gaithersburg, MD.

     August

     Msgr. Clay Offers Conference on Evangelizing Emerging Adults

    The Franciscan community of Siena College hosted a conference on August 27 to address ways to evangelize students attending their school.

     Sister Margaret Kelleher Celebration

    On Wednesday, August 26 we were delighted to celebrate the twenty-nine year career of Sr. Margaret ("Peggy") Kelleher at The Catholic University of America 

     Dr. Dinges presented a talk on “Why Laudato Si’ is Important”

    On August 25, 2015 Dr. Dinges presented a talk on “Why Laudato Si’ is Important” at a Symposium of Church, Military, Scientific and Community Leaders.

     Dr. William Dinges Delivers Lecture on Ritual Change as Social Change

    Professor William D. Dinges presented a paper on Ritual Change as Social Change:  What a Difference a War (II) Makes” at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, August 20-22. 

     Msgr. Clay Offers Catechumenate Conference for the Diocese of Syracuse

    Msgr. Clay led an all-day conference on adaptations for the baptized in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on August 6 for the Diocese of Syracuse. 

    Msgr. Irwin's Latest Publications

    The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship has published Msgr. Irwin’s major address delivered in Rome in February 2013 at the Lateran University.

     

     

    Msgr. Irwin On The Road

    Msgr. Irwin attends biannual meeting of the Societas Liturgica and biannual Liturgical Congress.

     

     

    Dr. Grabowski Appointed as Expert for the Synod on the Family

    Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor and director of the Moral Theology/Ethics academic area in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA has been appointed by Pope Francis as an Expert for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome

     

     

    Biblical Studies Area Attends the Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting

    The CUA Biblical Studies Area was well represented at the Catholic Biblical Association annual meeting at Xavier University in New Orleans August 1-4.

     

     

    Dr. John Grabowski and Mrs. Claire Grabowski Publish Joint Commentary

    John Paul II, The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World (Familiaris consortio), Anniversary edition. With commentary by John & Claire Grabowski (Boston: Pauline, 2015).

     

     

    Dr. Charles B. Jones Presents a Paper at a Prestigious Conference

    Dr. Jones Presents a paper at the 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies

     

     

     July

     Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Does Workshops in Hong Kong and Santiago

    Msgr. Rossetti lead a week long workshop for thirty diocesan and religious order leaders from mainland China. The following week, July 20-24, Msgr Rossetti was in Santiago Chile and gave a weeklong workshop to several hundred bishops, priests, sisters and laity on child protection

  • Fr. John Ford, CSC attended the annual conference of the Newman Association of America

    Fr. John Ford csc attended the annual conference of the Newman Association of America, July 30-August 1, at Seton Hall University; he delivered a power-point presentation on "John Henry Newman: Little Known Facts of his Roman Catholic Years."

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  • Professor Miller Publishes Essay on Revelation

    TRS associate professor, Dr. Robert Miller has published, "Myth as Revelation," in Laval théologique et philosophique 70 (2014): 539-61. In this essay, Dr. Miller examines how myth functions as revelation in the Old Testament and the unique contribution "inspired myth" makes in sacred scripture.

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  • Dr Miller Publishes Essay on Early Israelite Religion

    TRS Associate Professor, Dr. Robert Miller published an essay entitled "Shamanism and Totemism in Early Israel" in the Journal of the Washington Academy of Science 100 (2014): 21-58. The essay examines the archaeology of religion for 12th-11th-century BC Israel in the light of ethnographic analogy.

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  • Dr Jones & Graduate Students Present at International Symposium

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the keynote address, "Religious Belief and Practice in an Age of Science," at the international symposium "Religion in the 21st Century: The Relevancy of Doctrine in a Digital Age" on July 8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Graduate students Siobhan Benitez Riley and Andrew J. Cuff also presented The symposium was sponsored by Youngsan University of Seon Studies, Seoul, South Korea.

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    June

  • Msgr Clay Delivers Address at International RCIA Conference

    Msgr Clay gave one of the keynote addresses at an international meeting on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults held in Chicago, June 18-19. His address, "The Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate: Critical Beginnings," examined how the lack of adequate evangelization at the beginning of the initiation process can contribute to the numbers of initiates who fall away from an active practice of worship and missionary discipleship and what might be done to remediate this in future efforts to train clergy and catechetical leaders in Christian initiation ministry.

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  • Two TRS Professors Attend International Dialogue Meeting

    Msgr. Michael Clay and Rev. Michael Witczak attended the recent international dialogue meeting between the Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) held June 19-24 at Bethany College in West Virginia, a school established by one of the 19th century founders of the Disciples of Christ, Alexander Campbell. During the meeting, Msgr. Clay delivered a paper entitled, "The Significance of Eucharistic Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church." The general focus for this fifth phase of dialogue is "Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist."

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  • 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 22-26) Ecumenical Scripture Workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at the Priest Field Center in Kearneysville, WV. Professors Miller and Henrich delivered lectures and led discussions on Coping with Empire in the Old and New Testaments. The workshop was directed by Rev. Mr. Dennis Nesser, a graduate of the CUA School of Canon Law.

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  • Msgr McPartlan at Catholic-Orthodox Meeting in Rome

    Msgr Paul McPartlan was in Rome, 24-27 June 2015, for a meeting of several members from each side of the international Catholic-Orthodox ecumenical dialogue to refine a draft text on primacy and synodality in the Church which was composed and considered at the plenary meeting of the dialogue in Amman, Jordan, in September 2014.

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  • Dr. Charles B. Jones Participates in Study Tour in Northwest China

    Dr. Charles B. Jones joined 30 other scholars and students of Chinese Buddhism in a seminar and tour of Buddhist sites in Gansu Province, northwest China organized by the Woodenfish Foundation.

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  • Dr. and Mrs. Grabowski Give talk at Bishops’ Plenary Session

    On June 11, 2015, Dr. John Grabowski and his wife, Claire, gave a presentation to the June Plenary session of the U.S. Bishops at their meeting in Saint Louis entitled, "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage." The presentation considered the beauty of this teaching in Catholic theology and in their own experience as a married couple through the lenses of creation, covenant, sacrament, healing, and the call to holiness. It closed by pointing to the fuller elaboration of these notes provided by the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II.

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  • Fr Heil lectures at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

    On June 21-22, 2015 Fr Heil delivered three lectures on "Parables in Matthew" as part of the Summer Scripture Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Ongoing Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

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  • Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Primacy

    On 17 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a lecture entitled, 'The Bishop of Rome: Fresh Catholic Thinking and Possible Ways Forward', at the Orientale Lumen Conference held in Washington DC, the overall conference theme being 'The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present, Future'.

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  • CUA Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    From 2-4 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor, Fr Joseph Komonchak, all took part in the bi-annual meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Msgr McPartlan gave a presentation of the document produced by this dialogue in 1989, entitled: 'An Agreed Statement on Conciliarity and Primacy in the Church'.

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    Dr. and Mrs. Grabowski Give talk at Bishops’ Plenary Session

    On June 11, 2015, Dr. John Grabowski and his wife, Claire, gave a presentation to the June Plenary session of the U.S. Bishops at their meeting in Saint Louis entitled, "The Beauty of the Church's Teaching on Marriage." The presentation considered the beauty of this teaching in Catholic theology and in their own experience as a married couple through the lenses of creation, covenant, sacrament, healing, and the call to holiness. It closed by pointing to the fuller elaboration of these notes provided by the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II.

     

     

    Fr Heil lectures at the University of St. Mary of the Lake

    On June 21-22, 2015 Fr Heil delivered three lectures on "Parables in Matthew" as part of the Summer Scripture Seminar sponsored by the Institute for Ongoing Formation at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois.

     

     

    Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Primacy

    On 17 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a lecture entitled, 'The Bishop of Rome: Fresh Catholic Thinking and Possible Ways Forward', at the Orientale Lumen Conference held in Washington DC, the overall conference theme being 'The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present, Future'.

     

     

    CUA Professors at Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Meeting

    From 2-4 June 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan, Fr John Galvin, and emeritus professor, Fr Joseph Komonchak, all took part in the bi-annual meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Msgr McPartlan gave a presentation of the document produced by this dialogue in 1989, entitled: 'An Agreed Statement on Conciliarity and Primacy in the Church'.

     

     

    May

  • Msgr McPartlan Addresses ACT and CTSA

    On 20 May, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on the International Theological Commission (ITC) document, Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles, and Criteria (2012), at the annual conference of the Academy of Catholic Theology in Washington DC. Then on 12 June, he gave the response to the plenary address of John Burkhard, OFMConv, on 'The Sensus Fidelium: Old Questions, New Challenges', at the annual convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Milwaukee WI. Both Fr Burkhard's lecture and Msgr McPartlan's response made reference to the ITC document, Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church (2014).

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  • Dr. Grabowski Participates in Presentation and Discussion on Marriage, Family, and Sexuality

    On May 21st, Dr John Grabowski participated in a professional development conference call with some 30 members of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers from around the U.S., discussing “A Home for the Wounded Heart,” the section of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families (published in Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive [Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor, 2014) which he wrote. The presentation and discussion explored how the “hard sayings” in the Church’s teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality can be understood pastorally as invitations to healing and life.

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    STRS Proudly Graduates 65 Students!

    At the Commencement exercizes on Saturday, May 16, 2015, sixty five students from the School of Theology and Religious Studies graduated with a wide range of degrees, both graduate and undergraduate: PhD, STD, DMin, STL, MCat, MA, MDiv, STB, MDiv/STB, and BA. This was the first year in which we had a graduate for the recently launched MCat, and our own students for the BA, also.

     

     

    Dr. Jones Presents Paper in Hangzhou, China

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper, “Is a Dazangjing a Canon? On the Use of “Canon” with Regard to Chinese Buddhist Anthologies” at the conference “Study of Block-printed Edition of Tripitaka, Past, Present and Future, Centering around Jiaxing Sutra” at Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou, China on May 10, 2015.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Publishes Article

    Dr. Ian Boxall has contributed a chapter to the recently-published Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice, an international collection of  essays by scholars working in reception history, edited by William John Lyons and Emma England (Bloomsbury/T. & T. Clark, 2015). Dr. Boxall’s chapter is entitled “Tracing Patmos Through the Centuries.”

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Publishes Article

    Dr Ian Boxall has contributed an article entitled ‘Riding White Horses: An Intertextual Study of Rev. 6:1-2 in the Light of its Reception History,’ to Poetik und Intertextualität in der Apokalypse, edited by S. Alkier, T. Hieke and T. Nicklas (WUNT I; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).

     

     

    April

    Msgr. McPartlan Speaks on Ecumenism at Seton Hall

    On 29 April 2015, Msgr. Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on 'The International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue: Achievements and Issues' at Seton Hall University, South Orange NJ.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Gives a Talk at Washington College

    On March 27th 2015, Dr Ian Boxall gave a talk at Washington College, Chestertown MD, entitled: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelation”, sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture with co-sponsorship from the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

     

     

    Dr. Grabowski Gives Lecture on Pope Francis’ Call to Mission

    On April 21, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a lecture entitled “Pope Francis’ Call to Mission and the Role of the Family” in the Archbishop’s Lecture series for the Archdiocese of Denver. This presentation sought to demonstrate that neither Pope Francis’ teaching on mission or on family are new. What is new is the way in which he has made the New Evangelization programmatic for his ministry and for the Church, inviting us to see the family as the subject (and note merely the object) of evangelization.

     

     

    Dr. Dinges Participates in Panel at Emmanuel Episcopal Church

    Dr. William Dinges participated on April 19th in a panel discussion at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown, Maryland. The afternoon discussion centered around the theme of “This Fragile Earth Our Island Home: Stewardship of the Environment and Communities of Faith.”

     

    Dr. Mattison Gives Talk on Pope Francis, Marriage & the Family

    On Monday, April 13, in Emmitsburg, MD, Dr. William Mattison addressed a large audience from Mount St. Mary’s University about the recent and upcoming synods on marriage and family.  The talk provided an occasion to address how marriage and family today serve invaluably in the Church’s mission of evangelization.  

     

     

    Dr. Grabowski gives Presentation on Marriage & Family

    On April 18, 2015 Dr. John Grabowski gave a presentation entitled “Marriage and Family through the Eyes of Gaudium et spes” at the 2015 Catholic Leadership Conference sponsored by the Catholic Apostolate Center on the CUA campus. The presentation considered the Pastoral Constitution’s teaching on marriage and family and the significance given to considerations of human experience in the document and its relevance for the Catholic theology and praxis of marriage in the 21st century.

     

     

    Dr. Jones Presents Paper at Bingham Young University

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the paper “A Canon Never Published: Yuan Hongdao (1568-1610) and the Identification of a Pure Land Canon in the Late Ming Dynasty” at the Third International Conference on the Chinese Buddhist Canon held at Brigham Young University April 9-10, 2015 in Provo, Utah.

     

     

    Dr. Jones leads Seminar on Christian Pluralism

    Dr. Charles B. Jones led the seminar “Christian Pluralism in America” for the faculty of the Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University on April 8, 2015.

     

    Dr. Valkenberg Gives Lecture on Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

    Dr. Pim Valkenberg gave a lecture about “Catholic-Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Europe: Public Space, Private Education, and the Common Good” at a conference organized by the Institute of Intercultural, Interreligious and Ecumenical Research and Dialogue of the SS. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic on March 31 and April 1.

     

    Dr. Gregory Publishes Article

    Dr. Gregory has published an article, "Pride and Sin in Sirach 10:13(15): A Study in the Interdependence of Text and Tradition," in Harvard Theological Review 108 (2015): 213-234. This article traces the scribal translation and transmission of Sirach 10:13(15), how this process was influenced by discussions of virtue and vice in late antiquity, and the emergence of Sirach 10 as a central text in discussions of pride as the head of the capital vices or "seven deadly sins."

     

    • Annual Liturgical Conference Features CUA Professor

      Msgr. Michael Clay, area director of Pastoral Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, gave two lectures on multiculturalism at the annual Liturgical Conference sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Richmond on February 16, 2015. The first lecture focused on the general dynamics of cultural diversity and the second focused on Latino/Hispanic culture. The conference theme centered on the increasing presence of immigrants in the diocese and how liturgical leaders can welcome this growing body into the life of the local Church.

    • D'Alliessi Defense

      Rev. Daniel D’Alliessi will be presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:00p.m. at Caldwell 125. His dissertation is called, "The Second Vatican Council’s Teaching on Erroneous Conscience as Seen Through the Development of 'De Ordine Morali' "

    March

    Dr. Jones Gives Presentation on Buddhism

    Dr. Charles B. Jones presented “Yuan Hongdao and the Coral Grove (Shnhú Lín): Gentry Buddhist Discourse in the Late Ming Dynasty” at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Chicago, Ill., March 27, 2015.

     

     

    Dr. Boxall Gives a Talk at Washington College

    On March 27th 2015, Dr Ian Boxall gave a talk at Washington College, Chestertown MD, entitled: “The Interpretative Traditions of the Book of Revelation”, sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Politics and Culture with co-sponsorship from the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

     

    Msgr McPartlan Speaks at Huffington Ecumenical Institute

    On Saturday 28 March, Msgr Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, gave a lecture on ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II and the Issue of Primacy’ at an event entitled ‘Orthodox-Catholic Relations since Vatican II’ hosted by the Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Also speaking was Professor Paul Gavrilyuk of the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. The event was preceded by a round-table faculty discussion with the two speakers on 27 March.

     

    • Symposium on the Synods

      On Monday March 16, 2015, STRS held a symposium on "The Synods on the Family and the New Evangelization". Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the President of USCCB, and Dr John Grabowski, director of the Moral Theology/Ethics academic area in STRS discussed the nature of synods, the purpose of the current synods on the family, the Archbishop's experience as a participant in the Extraordinary Synod of 2014, and the way in which these synods fit into the ministry of Pope Francis and his vision for the Church.

    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Gives Annual Carl J. Peter Lecture in Rome

      On March 15th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor of CUA/STRS, was honored to deliver the annual Carl J. Peter lecture at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The talk was entitled: “Preaching the Word: When People Stop Listening." The annual lecture is designed to promote the art of preaching and to remember Fr. Carl J. Peter, former faculty member and alumnus of the PNAC and former Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA (1977-1985). The text of the lecture can be found at: http://www.pnac.org/the-seminary/the-carl-j-peter-lecture/

    • Dr. Dinges’ March Presentations

      Dr. William D. Dinges gave a panel presentation on March 12th on “Religion and Cultural Dynamics of ‘Old’ Immigrants” in conjunction with a conference on American Catholics and Immigration: Past and Present held at the Catholic University of America. On March 19th, Dr. Dinges gave a Catholic University Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies Brown Bag presentation on “Ritual Change and Cultural Change: What a Difference a War Makes” examining the impact of WWII on efforts to advance the liturgical movement among American Catholics. On March 20th, Dr. Dinges presented a lecture on “Pope Francis, Catholics, and Creation: Why Things Matter” as part of the Lenten Supper Talk series at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring, MD.

       

    • Henkel Defense

      Ms. Kimberly M. Henkel will be presenting her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on  Friday, March 27 at 10:30a.m. in Caldwell 125. Her dissertation is called, "The Moral Status of Oocyte."

    • Pedraza Defense

      Mr. Brian J. Pedraza is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled " Truth and Love: The Christocentric Anthropology of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II and Catechesis for the New Evangelization "

    • Dr. Grabowski Participates in USCCB Conference

      On Friday, March 13, Dr. Grabowski took part in the Multi-Society Workshop for Bishops and Theologians "The Theological Enterprise in Light of the New Evangelization" at the USCCB here in Washington. The event was sponsored by the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine and involved representative of the major Catholic learned societies in the U.S. He attended on behalf of the Academy of Catholic Theology. The focus of the conversation was on issues impacting the Church's theology of and ministry to marriage.

    • Fr Lombardo gives lecture at Providence College

      On Monday March 16, Fr Nicholas Lombardo gave the annual St Thomas Aquinas lecture at Providence College on “What was Jesus intending? Reconstructing Jesus’ historical attitude toward his death.” The lecture looked at what we can say, in broad outline, about Jesus’ historical attitude toward his death. Then it turned to early Christian understanding of the crucifixion and discussed how it can help explain why Jesus approached his death the way he did.

    • Fr. Ford Publishes Article

      Fr. John Ford's article titled "Fr. Paul of Graymoor: Prophet of At-one-ment," has been recently published in the March 2015 edition of Ecumenical Trends 44/3.

    • Meinert Defense

      Mr. John Meinert is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Monday March 23 at 10:00 a.m. in Caldwell room 125. His defense is titled, "Donum Habituale: Grace and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in St. Thomas Aquinas."

    • Osman Defense

      Mr. John Osman is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, March 20 at 11:00 am in Caldwell Hall, Room 125. His defense is titled "A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Catholic Laity: A Neglected Catechetical Text of the Thrid Plenary Council of Baltimore."

    • Dr. Dinges Hosts Austrian Group

       

      During the week of February 15th, Prof. William D. Dinges hosted a visit by a group of Austrian priests, educators, and pastoral workers under the leadership of Dr. Georg Plank and his Pastoral Innovation (dem Heiligen Geist einen Landeplatz bereiten) Program. Visits were made to various churches/parishes in the Washington, D.C., area, along with meetings at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, the USCCB Migration and Refugee Services Department, the Austrian Embassy, and with other pastoral organizations. Dr. Plank's group was greeted by Msgr. Paul McPartlan, acting dean of STRS, and also met for discussion time with Dr. Dinges's Religion and Globalization seminar.

       

    • Rev. Witczak's Series on the Sacraments

       

      Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak is offering a six-part series on "A New Look at the Sacraments" for the Christian Continuing Development Institute in the Diocese of Arlington at St. John Neumann Parish in Reston, VA. The Tuesday morning series ends on Tuesday, April 14.

       

    February

    • Msgr. Stephen Rossetti Delivers Keynote Address at Irish Safeguarding Conference

      On February 27th, Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, clinical associate professor, delivered the keynote address to over 200 bishops, priests, sisters and lay child safeguarding delegates at the first national conference on safeguarding children. The event was sponsored by Ireland's National Board for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church. The event was held in Athlone, Ireland. Msgr Rossetti highlighted the important progress that has been made in the Church protecting minors in Ireland, the United States and beyond. He spoke of an emerging “template” of best practices in safeguarding children and urged that such a template be made mandatory in every country. He spoke of education as the key and stressed the need to prevent abuse before it occurs. He said, because of such efforts, the Catholic Church is “no longer a safe haven for child abusers.” His talk was reported through Catholic News Service. See the following story: http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/us-priest-irish-safeguarding-meeting-church-not-haven-abusers

    • Catholic-Orthodox Event at CUA

      On February 26, STRS hosted the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the DC area. Present were 15 Orthodox clergy serving Orthodox communities in the DC Metropolitan area: Msgr. Paul McPartlan, Acting Dean; Professors Nelson Minnich, Robin Darling Young, and Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos of STRS; and Fr. Robert Hitchens and Fr. Wasyl Kharuk of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary. Msgr. McPartlan gave a talk on "Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue and the Issue of Primacy", and shared his experience as a member of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue. An open and sincere exchange followed. The meeting sought to highlight and foster the historical links between the Orthodox Church in the USA and CUA. A number of graduates from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of the Theology in Boston and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York completed their doctoral work here at CUA and now serve the Orthodox Church in a variety of capacities. It is hoped that further such events will take place.

    • Dr. Grabowski Presents on Holiness in Marriage

      John S. Grabowski presented a talk titled, "Experiencing the Universal Call to Holiness in Daily Life: Marital Spirituality and Sexuality" at St. Thomas More Church, Lynchburg, VA. The presentation looked at the universal call to holiness lived out in marriage through the lenses of the ideas of covenant, communion, and domestic church in recent Catholic theology.

    • Fr. Witczak Presents at the NAAL

      Rev. Dr. Michael Witczak presented the paper: “S. Gall Mass Orders: Concluding Reflections on the ‘Search for the Origins of the Rhenish Mass Order’” to the Issues in Medieval Liturgy seminar at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy held in Minneapolis, MN, January 1-4, 2015.

    • Glasow Defense

       

      Mr. David Glasow is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Friday, February 27 at 11am in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled " The Three-fold Contribution of Gerald O’Collins’s Fundamental Theology: Its Christocentric Outlook, Its Focus on the Resurrection, And its Groundwork for Ecumenism."

       

    • Safranski Defense

      Benjamin Safranski is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, February 25 at 10:00 am in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "St. Cyprian of Carthage and the College of Bishops."

       

    • Fr. Ford Publishes Two New Articles

      Fr. Ford has published two essays, "Newman's Reasonable Approach to Faith," and "Newman's Personalist Argument for Belief in God" were published in The Newman-Scotus Reader: Contexts and Commonalities, edited by Edward J. Ondrako, 55-68, and 207-223.

       

    • Dr. Serra Presents Paper

      Rev. Dr. Dominic Serra presented the paper, "Hermas and Justin Martyr on Baptism in Second-Century Rome" at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Minneapolis, Minnesota. January 3, 2015.

       

    • Dr. Jones Speaks at the Smithsonian

      Dr. Charles B. Jones presented the lectures “Buddhism” and “Taoism and Confucianism” for the Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C., January 29 and February 12, 2015.

       

    • Dr. Dinges Presents Talk on Catholics and Environmentalism

      On Saturday, February 7, Dr. William D. Dinges presented a talk on “Catholics and Creation: Why We Should Care” to a gathering of the Washington Archdiocesan high school science teachers and students in conjunction with the Archdiocesan Environmental Outreach Committee’s “Meeting the Challenge of the Environmental Encyclical” retreat held at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, MD.

       

    January

    • Dr. Miller Presents Paper

      Dr. Robert Miller presented the paper "The Hebrew Bible's Concept of Life" on January 21, 2015, at the conference "What is Life? Evolutionary Perspectives, philosophical considerations and theological questions” (www.whatislife.unibe.ch) in Bern, Switzerland. Jointly organized by the Center for Space and Habitability and the Theological Faculty of Bern University, this event was an international gathering of scientists, theologians, and philosophers to discuss the definition of life.

       

    • Sister Kelleher Publishes New Articles

      Sister Margaret Kelleher, O.S.U., has published two new articles:
      “Anscar Chupungco and ICEL.” In Proceedings of the North American Academy of Liturgy (2014) 45-49.
      “Vatican II and the LWF Project: Points of Convergence.” In Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland, ed. Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey, 52-68. Grand Rapids: Wm. G. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014.

       

    • Zientarski Defense

      Rev. Nicholas Zientarski is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Friday, February 6 at 1:30 pm in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled "The Eschatological Role of the Holy Spirit in the Roman Eucharist: The Epiclesis in Modern Liturgical Reform in Light of the Pneumatology of Yves Congar, John Zizioulas, and Robert Jenson."

       

    • Msgr. Clay Presents Inaugural Lecture

      Msgr. Clay presented a lecture on January 17, 2015 to launch the 75th anniversary of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, NC. The lecture, "Emerging Catholicism in the Bible-Belt," situated the growth of Catholicism in North Carolina, the reasons for that growth and what Catholics who are not indigenous to the Bible-Belt might find beneficial in knowing about the various Protestant denominations they encounter in their personal and professional lives. This lecture was the first in a series that will be offered throughout 2015. Msgr. Clay was pastor of the parish between 1995-1999.

       

    • Picturing Mary Lecture

      The Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos gave a lecture at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the context of the "Picturing Mary" Exhibition. His lecture was titled: "Mary as Woman, Mother, Idea in the Byzantine Tradition". In his lecture he examined Puccio Capanna’s Madonna and Child (ca. 1330) and offered a theological interpretation using the Akathist Hymn of the Byzantine Tradition as his theological text. He argued that Puccio Capanna's panel is not just a picture, made of wood and colors, but an icon, a theology in painting, teaching and proclaiming the Mystery of the Incarnation.

       

    • Killeen Defense

      Brother Peter Killeen, F.S.C. is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Monday, February 2 at 2pm in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled, "The Development and Significance of the Religious Habit of Men."

       

    • Alumni Spotlight

      TRS alum Angela Chiappetta is excited by the opportunities her theology degree has given her. To read the full article, please follow this link: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/success-stories/angela-chiappetta.cfm.