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  • Hispanic Innovators of the Faith Lecture 2016

    The event has been cancelled

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Msgr. McPartlan Catholic Orthodox Dialogue

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

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  • TRS 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

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  • 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

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  • Fr. Heil Book

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

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  • Rev. Dennis Edwards

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

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  • Dr. Grabowski lecture

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

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  • Dr. Jones 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.

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  • Msgr. McPartlan Catholic Orthodox event

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Msgr. Clay Publishes Article on Parish Evangelization

    "Making Evangelization a Parish Priority: A Pastor's Observations" in Pastoral Liturgy

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  • Msgr McPartlan Speaks on Mysterium Fidei

    On 8 October, 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address at the National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions

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  • 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

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  • David Bosworth published an article

    David Bosworth published an article "Weeping in Recognition Scenes in Genesis and the Odyssey" in the current issue of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

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  • Dr. Lantigua article

    Dr. David Lantigua has published the article, “War and the Ethics of Evangelization: The Great Commission in Sixteenth-Century Spanish Political Thought,” in Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of Scripture

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  • Dr. Pecknold NR

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

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  • Dr. Grabowski Synod

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

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  • Msgr Rossetti award

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

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  • Ford- francis and latino community

    Rev. John Ford participated in a Roundtable Discussion sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program

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  • North American Academy of Liturgy

    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.

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  • Msgr. Clay preaches for Diocesan Red Mass

    Msgr. Clay preached for a Diocesan Red Mass on October 16, 2015 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh, NC.

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  • “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.

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  • “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.

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  • Newman in the English-speaking world

    Fr. Ford gave a presentation on "Newman in the English-speaking world"

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  • New “Science for Seminaries” Web Page is a Resource for Integrating Science Learning into Theology

    The new STRS “Science for Seminaries” web page provides resources for religious leaders and teachers seeking to develop scientific literacy and concerned about the intersection of science and theology. The site is specifically geared toward religious leaders (pastors and educators) to whom people look for guidance about the meaning of scientific developments for matters of faith and ethics. However, many religious leaders are not adequately prepared to address these concerns due to a lack of scientific education within their own formation. This site seeks to address that deficiency, and is funded by a generous grant by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Presently, the site collects helpful links for developing scientific literacy. In the future, it will also include lesson ideas for theological teachers seeking to incorporate science into their courses. If you have curricular ideas that might be included on the website, please contact David Bosworth ( bosworth@cua.edu ).

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  • TRS Alumni Reception

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  • MsgrMcPartlanSpeaksonMysteriumFidei

    Msgr. McPartlan addresses the National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.

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  • DrDingesAustralianCatholicSpeaker

    Dr. Dinges gives talks at the Australian Catholic University Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry International Research Seminar and is a guest speaker on the Julie Rose Top of the Mind, BYU Radio Show.

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  • MsgrMcPartlanatDialogueMeeting

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

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  • MsgrMcPartlanbookTranslated

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

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  • Dr. Lantiuga gives Lecture

    In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Lantigua gives lecture entitled "Bishops of the Poor in the Latin American Tradition of Human Rights."

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  • Dr. Grabowski Sits on Panel

    Dr. Grabowski participates in a panel discussion on "Marriage, Family, Sexuality: Theological, Moral, and Pastoral Implications."

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  • MsgrClayEvangelizing

    Msgr. Clay offers a conference at the Franciscan community of Siena College.

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  • Dr. Bosworth Participates

    Dr. Bosworth has been selected to participate in a two year fellowship.

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  • Dr. Grabowski Publication

    Dr. Grabowski recently publishes an essay entitled, "Catechesis and Moral Theology: Toward a Renewed Understanding of Christian Experience."

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  • Dr. Grabowski Other Side

    Dr. Grabowski gives a presentation entitled "The Other Side of Sinai: Growing in Virtue."

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  • Dr. Born on Baby Boomer Catholics

    Dr. Born discusses baby boomers and Pope Francis' impact.

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  • Dr. Born Interview with WaPo

    Dr. Born interviews with the Washington Post.

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  • Dr. Grabowski Gives Presentation

    Dr. Grabowski gives a presentation entitled, "Forming Families for the New Evangelization: The Task of Catholic Education."

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  • RSI Radiotelevision interview

    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.

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  • Sources Informing Pope Francis

    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.

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  • 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 On Praised Be:  How Pope Francis' Encyclical Speaks to Tidewater's Looming Environmental Crisis sponsored by the Virginia Catholic Conference and the Catholic Climate Covenant and held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Norfolk, VA.

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  • 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.

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  • 2015 Nostra Aetate Symposium

    STRS in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs hosted the symposium, "Nostra Aetate: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims," May 19 - 21.  Click here to access a brief wrap up along with photos and lecture recordings.

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  • MsgrClayConference

    Msgr. Clay offers Catechumenate Conference.

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  • Schedule of lectures

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  • SrKelleherRetirementParty

    Sister Kelleher retires after 29 years of service at The School of Theology and Religious Studies.

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  • STRS Faculty Luncheon

    to discuss UG Curriculum Happel Room 12:30-1:55pm on October 1, 2015

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  • Commencement exercises

    Commencement exercises begin on Saturday, May 14, 2016.For mor information, please click here . Commencement itself will not be held until that Saturday, May 16, 2015.

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  • Baccalaureate Mass

    Baccalaureate Mass will be held Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the Great Upper Church. for more information click here .

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  • Grades Due

    All other grades due by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

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  • Deadline: Theses & Dissertations

    Friday, April 29 is the final date for candidates to deposit theses and dissertations for May 2016 graduation. Please deposit your  theses and dissertations to the Office of Graduate Studies in 116 McMahon Hall.

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  • Last Day

    Saturday, April 30 is the last day of classes. Prepare for final examination period.

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  • Last Day to Withdraw

    Wednesday, March 30 is the last day to withdraw from regular session courses with a "W" grade (use Cardinal Station ).

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  • Holy Thursday

    Easter recess begins on March 24, Holy Thursday. There will be No classes.

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  • MsgrStephenRossettiontheRoad

    Msgr. Rossetti gives workshops around the globe.

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  • Pre-registration advising

    Pre-registration advising for Fall 2016 begins

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  • Registration

    Registration for the Summer 2016 begins(use Cardinal Station ).

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  • Diploma Application Deadline

    Tuesday, March 8, is the last day for Spring 2016 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station ).

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  • Spring Break

    Spring recess begins. Enjoy!!

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  • Midterm

    Friday, February 26 marks the Midterm of the Spring 2016 semester. Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete from the previous semester Last day to change to audit (must have dean's permission)

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  • Administrative Monday

    Tuesday, February 23 is Administrative Monday. Classes follow a Monday schedule this day; Tuesday classes do not meet.

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  • Ash wednesday

    Ash Wednesday

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  • Patronal Feast

    On Thursday, January 28, the Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas University Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. No classes will be held between 11:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m

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  • Add/Drop deadline

    Last day to register/add or drop regular session courses without record (use Cardinal Station )

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  • Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

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  • Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

    In Honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dayholiday, all classes are cancelled on Monday, January 18, 2016.

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  • Opening of Classes

    Classes will begin on Monday, January 11, 2016.

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  • Theses and dissertations deadline

    Friday, January 8, 2016 is the final date to deposit theses and dissertations for January 2016 graduation.Please deposit your theses and dissertations to the Office of Graduate Studies in 116 McMahon Hall.

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  • Diploma App Deadline

    Monday, January 4, 2016 is the last day for Fall 2015 graduation candidates to submit online diploma application (use Cardinal Station).

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  • final grades

    All final grades due by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22.

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  • Finals

    Tuesday, December 15 Saturday, December 19.

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  • Reading Period

    Monday, December 14 marks the last day of classes before finals. Good Luck!!

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  • Immaculate Conception

    No classes - Holiday and Reading Day

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  • Classes resume

    Welcome back! The STRS hopes you enjoyed your vacation. This Monday, November 30th, classes are to resume.

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  • Thanksgiving Break

    Thanksgiving recess begins Wednesday, November 25.

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  • Pass/ Fail

    Monday, November 16 is the last day to request pass/fail option (undergraduates only; must have dean's permission). Click here for link to more information.

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  • Withdrawal Deadline

    Friday, November 13 is the last day to withdraw from regular session classes with a “W” grade (use Cardinal Station). For specifics about how this may, or may not, effect your transcript, visit Change of Enrollment policies.

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  • Spring registration

    Beginning November 1, registration for Spring (Second) Semester 2016 begins (use Cardinal Station ). All Souls Liturgy - Memorial Mass for deceased of the university community.

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  • All Saint's Day

    No Classes Cancelled. All classes will continue as scheduled.

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  • Mid-Term Mark

    Last day to resolve grades of Incomplete (previous semester). Last day to change to audit (dean's permission required).

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  • Columbus Day

    All classes will be cancelled Monday, October 12, due to holiday.

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  • Diploma Application Deadline

    Thursday, October 1 is the last day for Summer 2015 graduation candidates to submit an online diploma application. Applications should be submitted through Cardinal Station .

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  • Deadline: Theses & Dissertations

    Friday, September 25 is the final date to deposit theses and dissertations for Summer 2015 graduation.

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  • Classes cancelled after 5 p.m.

    On Tuesday, September 22, no classes will be held after 5:00 p.m. Does not apply to Columbus School of Law.

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  • Pope Francis Visit (No Classes)

    On Wednesday, September 23, The Catholic University of America is proud to host a visit from Pope Francis.

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  • Deadline: Add/Drop Date

    Friday, September 11, is the last day to register/add or drop regular session courses without record.

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  • Labor Day- No Classes

    All classes are cancelled, Monday, September 7, due to Federal Holiday.

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  • Mass of the Holy Spirit

    No classes will be held today between 11:50 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. due to university mass held at 12:10 p.m.

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  • Br. Daniel Klimek Dissertation Defense

    Br. Klimek will defend his dissertation on September 18, 2015.

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  • 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.

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  • Msgr. Irwin On the Road

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

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  • First day of Fall Semester 2015

    Classes begin for the Fall 2015 semester on Monday August 31

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  • 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

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  • Nostra Aetate Symposium 2015

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  • 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.

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  • 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).

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

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

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  • Father Ford attends conference

    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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  • 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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  • Two New Articles by Fr Ford

    Fr John Ford recently published two articles: "Father Paul of Graymoor: Preacher of Church Unity" and "Father Paul of Graymoor: Pilgrim of Christian Reunion". Both appeared in Ecumenical Trends 44/6 (June 2015)

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  • STRS Proudly Graduates 65 Students!

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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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  • 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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  • Msgr McPartlan's Holy Spirit Lecture Published

    The ninth annual Holy Spirit Lecture that Msgr Paul McPartlan gave at Duquesne University on 14 November 2014 on the theme of 'An Evangelizing Communion: The Church, the Holy Spirit, and Vatican II' has now been published in booklet form and also at: http://www.duq.edu/events/holy-spirit-lecture-and-colloquium/2014

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  • Dr. Grabowski Publishes Essay

    An essay of Dr John Grabowski has been published: "To revitalize parish life and welcome home wounded hearts, we must seek what has been lost: community," Our Sunday Visitor 104, no. 6 (June 7, 2015), p. 11. The essay offered a commentary on "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). In particular it highlighted the importance of building Christian community to enable the Church's teaching to be heard as an invitation to healing.

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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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  • Quasten Award 2015: Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.

    The School of Theology and Religious Studies is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year's prestigious Johannes Quasten Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies will be Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.

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  • 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.

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  • Dr. Lantigua Publishes Article

    Dr. David Lantigua recently published an article titled “The Freedom of the Gospel: Aquinas, Subversive Natural Law, and the Spanish Wars of Religion” in Modern Theology 31.2 (April 2015): 312-337. His article responds to the recent challenge directed at the Thomistic tradition for ignoring the modern/colonial problem of race. The article claims that the crisis posed by the Spanish conquests in the New World should be understood as a debate about religious coercion centered on the permissibility of war and slavery as efficient strategies for converting Amerindians to the Christian faith. It argues that key Dominican theologians specifically trained in Thomistic commentary categorically rejected medieval/early modern arguments for religious wars by appealing to an apostolic method of evangelization and the scholastic tradition of natural law in a violent colonial context.

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  • Alumni Promoted to Rank of Professor

    Carmen Nanko-Fernández (B.A., 1980; M.A., !984; D.Min., 1991) has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois, where she also serves as Director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program.

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  • Dr. Dinges Participates in Panel at Emmanual 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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Dr. Machinist Presents Roland E Murphy Memorial Lecture

    On Monday, April 20th, the Biblical Studies Area hosted the annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, presented the lecture “Achaemenid Persia as Spectacle: Greek and Biblical Reactions.” Dr. Machinist looked at the Achaemenid Persian empire of the first millennium BC as a pageant of power and authority. He focused on the reliefs of the main staircase to the Apadana in the main capital of Persepolis as well as the biblical book of Esther and the Greek drama, The Persians, by Aeschylus. Dr. Machinist explored all of these and the relationships among them in order to chart the impact that Achaemenid Persia had on the world in and around it as well as the Achaemenid impact in our own time.

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  • Rev. Alexopoulos Gives Interview on Mary

    Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos was interviewed by Greek News, a Greek American weekly paper (available in print and on-line) on the place of Mary in the Byzantine Tradition. The opportunity for this interview arose in the context of the "Picturing Mary" exhibit at the NMWA in association with CUA, and Fr. Stefanos' lecture there in January. Click here to read the interview.

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  • Msgr McPartlan addresses NWCU

    On 22 April 2015, Msgr Paul McPartlan gave a plenary address at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in Charlotte NC entitled: 'Catholic Reflections on The Church: Towards a Common Vision'. The latter document is the long-awaited and very welcome convergence text on ecclesiology produced in 2013 by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

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  • CUA Awards Honorary Degree to Professor Joseph Weiler

    On Thursday, March 19, Professor Joseph H. H. Ph.D., was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology, honoris causa, by President John Garvey. The ceremony took place in Caldwell Auditorium and was attended by faculty, staff and students. Professor Weiler delivered an address entitled, "Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square." He is the Joseph Straus Professor of Law at New York University and President of the European University Institute in Florence. Professor Weiler is a leading expert on European constitutional law, a strong advocate for religious freedom and for recognition of the place of religion in human society, and a prominent figure in Jewish-Catholic relations. Photos of the event, please click the title. For a video of this event,please click here .

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  • Turner Defense

    Mr. Barrett H. Turner is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 29 at 10:00a.m. in Caldwell Room 125. His presentation is titled, " ‘Dignitatis Humanae’ and the Development of Moral Doctrine: Assessing Change in Catholic Social Teaching on Religious Liberty. "

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  • Brockway Defense

    Mr. Joshua W. Brockway is presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. His presentation is titled, "The Ritual Dimension of John Cassian’s Asceticism."

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  • DeMasi Defense

    Sr. Sandra DeMasi, SSJ is giving her presentation for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Thursday, April 9 at 3:00p.m. in McMahon 112. Her presentation is titled, "The Faith and Formation of Adults Who Bring Children for Baptism: A Plan of liturgy and Catechesis."

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  • Raab Defense

    Rev. D. Christian Raab will be presenting his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00a.m. in Caldwell 125. His defense is titled, "Compromise or Charism?: The Identity and Mission of Religious Priesthood in Light of Hans Urs Von Balthasar’s Theology."

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  • Margevicius Defense

    Rev. Thomas S. Margevicius will be giving his oral presentation for the degree of Doctor of Ministry on Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00a.m., in the Caldwell Happel Room. His presentation is titled, "A Model for Integrating Rubrical Gestures While Praying the Eucharistic Prayer in Sign Language."

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  • McKenzie Defense

    Mr. German F. McKenzie is giving his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Tuesday, April 21 at 2:30p.m., Caldwell 125. His defense is titled, "A Critical Examination of the Underlying Sociological Theory of Secularization in the West in the Work of Charles Taylor."

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  • CUA Awards Honorary Degree to Professor Joseph Weiler

    On Thursday, March 19, Professor Joseph H. H. Weiler, Ph.D., was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology, honoris causa, by President John Garvey.

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  • The Roland E. Murphy Memorial lecture 2015

    All Graduate Students and Interested Faculty are invited to Biblical Studies's annual Roland E. Murphy Memorial Lecture on Monday, April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm, Caldwell Hall – Happel Room.

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  • Onyegwara Defense

    Casmir C. Onyegwara will be presenting their dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy on Wednesday, April 8 at 2:30p.m. in Caldwell 125. The defense is titled, "Be Fruitful and Multiply”: Catholic Teaching on the Ends of Marriage with Reference to Questions Posed by Igbo Culture."

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  • 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.

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  • Dr. Russell Hittinger lectures on the, "Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Josef Ratzinger”

    On Tuesday, March 24th the Moral Theology/Ethics Area hosted its annual spring distinguished lecture.  Dr. Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University  of Tulsa, presented the lecture "Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Josef Ratzinger” to an audience of students, faculty, and guests of the University.  Dr. Hittinger examined the contributions of Josef Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholic understanding of natural law over the course of his academic career and ministry of teaching and the way he (and Karol Wojtyla/Saint John Paul II) effected a significant "upgrade" of the Catholic understanding.

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  • Cardinal Tagle Delivers Cardinal Dearden Lecture

    On 2 March, 2015, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, delivered the Cardinal Dearden Lecture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of the Second Vatican Council, and of the promulgation of the final conciliar constitution, Gaudium et Spes, on the Church in the modern world, in particular, Cardinal Tagle spoke on: ‘Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years: An Asian Reception'. CUA was delighted to welcome Cardinal Tagle, an alumnus, back to campus, and his lecture was very warmly received by an audience of faculty, students and visitors. For further details, please see here . Click here for the video .

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  • 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' "

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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/

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  • 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.

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  • How and Why to Teach Science in the Classroom: A Workshop

    All Graduate Students and Interested Faculty are invited to How and Why to Teach Science in the Classroom: A Workshop on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, 12:00-1:30 pm, Caldwell Hall - Happel Room.

    All who plan on attending MUST RSVP for the event by 4/8/15.

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  • 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."

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  • 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 "

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  • 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 Acad