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Department Of Catholic Studies, Spring 2019, Michelle Loris Apr 2019

Department Of Catholic Studies, Spring 2019, Michelle Loris

Catholic Studies Newsletter

Highlights: Meet the faculty --Department scholarship: Publications and conferences --Student voices: The CIT seminars --From an instructor's perspective: Michael L. Iannazzi --CS faculty and the Common Good: Kirsten Nestro and buildOn --Catholic Studies faculty attend Dante Conference, by Joe Nagy --Highlight: January Human Journe colloquium --Dr. Mark Roche colloquium --Contemporary Catholic Voices: Rebel with a cause: The Religious landscapes of David Adams Richards, by Michael W. Higgins --Catholic Studies film series Spring 2019.


Review Of: J. Denny Weaver, God Without Violence: Following A Nonviolent God In A Violent World, Brian Stiltner Aug 2018

Review Of: J. Denny Weaver, God Without Violence: Following A Nonviolent God In A Violent World, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

In God Without Violence, Mennonite theologian J. Denny Weaver ‘proposes new motifs for Christology and atonement’ and ‘highlights new versions of Christian practice’ based in ‘the nonviolence of God who is revealed in the life and work of Jesus’ (pp. 197–98). Weaver wrote this book to be a popular version of his previous books on atonement theology, accessible to church study groups and college classes.

Weaver, J.D. (2016). God without violence: Following a nonviolent God in a violent world. Eugene, OR: Cascade.


Department Of Catholic Studies Newsletter, 1.1, Michelle Loris Apr 2018

Department Of Catholic Studies Newsletter, 1.1, Michelle Loris

Catholic Studies Newsletter

Inaugural issue of the Department of Catholic Studies Newsletter.


My Interview With Akan, Uwem Akpanikat Apr 2018

My Interview With Akan, Uwem Akpanikat

Writing Across the Curriculum

Editor’s Note: This Newsletter interview is a fictional story written by Uwem Akpanikat, a senior majoring in Theology and Religious Studies. Inspired by the film “Dear White People,” which was shown to the students in his Human Rights course, the piece aims to explore the intersection of race, free speech, higher education, media, and religion, in light of the critical and ethical thinking that is central to the Catholic intellectual tradition.


None Of Us Faces Judgment Alone: ‘Zurbarán’S Jacob And His Twelve Sons’ At The Frick, Griffin Oleynick Mar 2018

None Of Us Faces Judgment Alone: ‘Zurbarán’S Jacob And His Twelve Sons’ At The Frick, Griffin Oleynick

Catholic Studies Faculty Publications

Our turning to God during Lent, and our experience of new life at Easter, either happens together, as part of a family of faith, or not at all.

A new exhibition of Spanish paintings by the Golden Age master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), “Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle,” on view through April 22 at the Frick Collection in New York City, provides a refreshing reminder of this dynamic by bringing us into conversation with our religious ancestors, the Old Testament Patriarchs.


Introduction To Jesuit Pedagogy In Colonial Brazil. Humanist Education And The Ratio Studiorum, Karl M. Lorenz Jan 2018

Introduction To Jesuit Pedagogy In Colonial Brazil. Humanist Education And The Ratio Studiorum, Karl M. Lorenz

Education Faculty Publications

In 1599 the Society of Jesus approved the Ratio atque Institutio Studiorum Societatis lesu (Method and System of the Studies of the Society of Jesus). The document outlined policies and procedures on the administration, curriculum and teaching practices in its educational institutions in Europe and abroad. Part of the Ratio detailed a secondary program of studies in classical languages and literature. The subject of this study is the program of humane letters and the focus of the analysis is the professional behavior of the Jesuit teacher responsible for its implementation. This paper identifies the actions that a Brazilian Jesuit would ...


Introdução A La Pedagogia Jesuita No Brasil Colonial. Educação Humanista E O Ratio Studiorum, Karl M. Lorenz Jan 2018

Introdução A La Pedagogia Jesuita No Brasil Colonial. Educação Humanista E O Ratio Studiorum, Karl M. Lorenz

Education Faculty Publications

Em 1599, a Companhia de Jesus aprovou o Ratio atque Institutio Studiorum Societatis lesu (Método e Sistema de Estudos da Companhia de Jesus). O documento delineou as políticas, os procedimentos administrativos, os currículos e as práticas de ensino em suas instituiçãoes educacionais na Europa e no exterior. Uma parte da Ratio detalhou um programa de estudos de linguas e da literatura clássica. O objeto deste estudo é o programa de humanidades e o foco da analise é o comportamento profissional do professor jesuíta responsável por sua implementação. Este trabalho identifíca as ações que um jesuíta brasileiro teria demonstrado quando ensinando ...


Contemporary Catholic Conversations 2017-2018, Curtis Center Oct 2017

Contemporary Catholic Conversations 2017-2018, Curtis Center

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

The Curtis Center at Sacred Heart University is a new initiative within the Office of Mission and Catholic Identity. The goal of the Curtis Center is engage SHU and the wider community in topics of interest and concern in today’s world.

The Center will host the annual inaugural series “Contemporary Catholic Conversations” during the 2017-18 academic year, a lecture series that will feature expert presenters and meaningful discussions.

Bishop Walter W. Curtis was on the cutting edge in 1963 when founding this university. He was energized by the Second Vatican Council to face the issues of his day, which ...


Oscar Romero (Assignment #8), Alan Ksiazek Apr 2017

Oscar Romero (Assignment #8), Alan Ksiazek

Writing Across the Curriculum

The author was assigned to live in Oscar Romero hall of the Christian Witness Commons in his freshman year at Sacred Heart University. This was the inspiration for the student to delve deeper into the life of Oscar Romero and all the contributions he made to the world.


Water In Native American Spirituality: Liquid Life—Blood Of The Earth And Life Of The Community, June-Ann Greeley Apr 2017

Water In Native American Spirituality: Liquid Life—Blood Of The Earth And Life Of The Community, June-Ann Greeley

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

Water: The life force of all creation, the generative dynamism of existence. Long before scientific experimentation and quantifiable instrumentation verified the facts, human beings have perceived and understood water to be the essence of all life, both material and spiritual. From the beginnings of recorded history and even before, across the expanse of human settlement and migration, indigenous as well as extraneous religions and spiritual traditions have celebrated water as the primordial source: water was sacred before it was material and water took on for multitudes of generations until even today an expansive inclusivity that scanned the literal to the ...


Human Reason Allows Faith, Justin Cerniello Jan 2017

Human Reason Allows Faith, Justin Cerniello

Writing Across the Curriculum

The question of are faith and reason compatible has been argued over extensively. Those who claim that the two are not compatible are often hung up on the things that we cannot understand, causing them to think faith is irrational. They say that faith and reason can never be used together because one will always push away the other. In this paper, by analyzing Augustine’s Confessions , Dante’s Divine Comedy , and Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Contra Gentiles I will show that the exact opposite is actually the case. All three of these authors exemplify how it is nearly impossible to ...


Introduction To The Content And Context Of The Ratio Studiorum: Notes, Quotes And Commentaries On The Jesuit Educational Ideal, Karl M. Lorenz Jan 2017

Introduction To The Content And Context Of The Ratio Studiorum: Notes, Quotes And Commentaries On The Jesuit Educational Ideal, Karl M. Lorenz

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Explanatory Notes:

The topic I chose for my project was Jesuit Education in Colonial Brazil as outlined in the Ratio Studiorum of 1599. The Ratio atque Institutio Studiorum Societatis lesu {Method and System of the Studies of the Society of Jesus) defined the organization, operation and teaching methodology of Jesuit secondary and higher education institutions during the greater part of the colonial period, which extended from April 1500 when the first Portuguese explorers set foot on the Brazilian shore to July 1822 when Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. The Jesuitic Period encompassed the years between 1549 when the Brazilian ...


The Moral High Road In The Undercity: An Examination Of Ethics In A Mumbai Slum, Mary L. Bauer Jan 2017

The Moral High Road In The Undercity: An Examination Of Ethics In A Mumbai Slum, Mary L. Bauer

Catholic Studies Faculty Publications

As of 2016, 1.6 billion people around the globe lacked proper shelter and of these, one billion lived in informal settlements, also called slums, according to data collected by the United Nations (UN-Habitat 2016). Investigative journalist Katherine Boo spent four years, between 2007 and 2011, interviewing and shadowing the residents of one such slum on the outskirts of Mumbai. Her goal was to draw attention to socio-economic inequality (Boo, 2014 pp. 247-248), but in the course of collecting data about the consequences of poverty and residents’ attempts to rise out of it, she also recorded information about their moral ...


The Good Life, Molly Kelley Jan 2017

The Good Life, Molly Kelley

Writing Across the Curriculum

Throughout generations the world has constantly progressed through medicine and technology, which has led to our inevitable evolution. But, a part of society that has not changed is our main individual goals of reaching “the good life,” as shown as evidence in literature. Authors like Plato, Aristotle, and those of the Bible wrote about the importance of happiness, virtues, and education as they pertain to this journey to “the good life.” Many feel that what they state is still pertinent today.


St. Augustine’S Journey To Faith, Bridget Hughes Jan 2017

St. Augustine’S Journey To Faith, Bridget Hughes

Writing Across the Curriculum

Augustine’s Confessions detail the Catholic philosopher’s reflection on his faith journey, a journey that would encompass much of his youth and early adulthood. Despite being raised by a devout mother, Augustine struggled to balance faith and purpose in his life. He practiced several different philosophies and religions throughout his life. Through his writings, Augustine elaborates on several of the Four Claims of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. His introspection on his own relationship with the divine relates to the first claim that states the Catholic belief in the relationship between mankind and a Triune God. In addition, his contemplations ...


Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins Dec 2016

Priest, Writer, Mentor, Misfit: Understanding Henri Nouwen, Michael W. Higgins

Mission and Catholic Identity Publications

Two decades ago, on September 21, 1996, while on the way to St. Petersburg to shoot a documentary based on his acclaimed spiritual meditation, The Return of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen—priest, writer, professor, and pastoral mentor—died of a heart attack in his homeland of the Netherlands. His friends and countless admirers were stunned. Prolific author of more than three dozen books, and a much-called-upon speaker and preacher, Nouwen was a large presence in Catholic circles and a growing influence in Protestant ones as well. His loss was felt not only in his immediate community but around the ...


Faith And Reason, Stefanie Guglielmo Dec 2016

Faith And Reason, Stefanie Guglielmo

Writing Across the Curriculum

The authors Augustine, Aquinas, and Dante represent the Catholic Intellectual Tradition claim that human reason and faith are compatible. Augustine struggled to find God because of his sinful behavior during his youth. On his journey to converting to Catholicism, Augustine reasons through his questions regarding God to find the truth. Aquinas writes about how humans do not have the capacity to ever reach the full knowledge of God. After Dante describes his journey through hell and purgatory, he finally reaches heaven and is incapable of describing God because it is beyond human comprehension. Augustine, Aquinas, and Dante each embody the ...


The Sisters Next Door, Alyssa Paolillo Dec 2016

The Sisters Next Door, Alyssa Paolillo

Writing Across the Curriculum

Watching YouTube videos about the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, makes me feel proud and happy that there are women willing to commit their life to God and taking care of others. The Sisters teach, nurse, pray and live in a community together.


Christian-Stoicism: Exploring The Relationship Between Christianity And Stoicism And Constructing A Manual Of Christian-Stoic Wisdom, Trevor Kelly May 2016

Christian-Stoicism: Exploring The Relationship Between Christianity And Stoicism And Constructing A Manual Of Christian-Stoic Wisdom, Trevor Kelly

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses)

While the theological assumptions of Christianity and Stoicism may seem disparate, their philosophies are highly compatible. This compatibility is one of the reasons that early Christian authors looked to pagan Stoic authors for support and inspiration. Many Stoic and Christian authors compiled manuals for right living. The historical connections and conceptual similarities between the two schools of thought suggest the viability and value of constructing a combined Christian-Stoic manual of wisdom. Such is the constructive task of this thesis. Passages from Christian and Stoic sources are brought together to illustrate major common themes. The passages are followed by original commentaries ...


Kenotic Effluent Panapotheism, Christopher E. Etter May 2016

Kenotic Effluent Panapotheism, Christopher E. Etter

Master of Arts in Religious Studies (M.A.R.S. Theses)

In these times of changing and evolving scientific discovery, philosophy and theology are at a critical juncture where they stand to lose all relevance if they are unable to keep up with the wealth of new knowledge and discoveries. Among the recent attempts in philosophy and theology to reconcile the relationship between science and these fields is Process Theology. Process Theology owes its origins to the 20th Century American philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. Whitehead and the philosophers and theologians he has influenced have developed a myriad of new theologies that all attempt to incorporate the new sciences, such as Quantum ...


Review Of "Between Apocalypse And Eschaton: History And Eternity In Henri De Lubac" By Joseph S. Flipper, Daniel A. Rober Jan 2016

Review Of "Between Apocalypse And Eschaton: History And Eternity In Henri De Lubac" By Joseph S. Flipper, Daniel A. Rober

Catholic Studies Faculty Publications

The Jesuit Henri de Lubac is almost universally recognized as one of the preeminent twentieth-century theologians, influencing thinkers and ideas in diverse and sometimes opposed schools of thought. For both Catholic and ecumenical theology, his numerous contributions—in Patristic exegesis, the relationship between nature and grace, and ecclesiology—have rightly been hailed as transformative for academy and church alike. The same kind of recognition, however, has not typically been extended to his work on eschatology or politics, particularly in the English-speaking world. This is especially true insofar as de Lubac is frequently read as a Communio thinker whose opposition to ...


The Trouble With The Death Penalty, Abigail Hood Jan 2016

The Trouble With The Death Penalty, Abigail Hood

Writing Across the Curriculum

For almost as long as the death penalty has been used, it has been a subject of debate.


Truth, Justice, And The Common Good: Core Capstone Final Essay, Valentina De Santis (Class Of 2016) Jan 2016

Truth, Justice, And The Common Good: Core Capstone Final Essay, Valentina De Santis (Class Of 2016)

Writing Across the Curriculum

The course Truth, Justice, and the Common Good brought awareness to themes of the environment, common good, and social issues. Environmental justice is the involvement of the society to respect and care for environmental laws and regulations. It is a part of the common good to appreciate and respect the natural world. The common good is customized toward every individual and it is the decision of the human being to recognize the common good daily. From the readings and presentations in class, a correlation was formed between beliefs and values towards topics in religion, justice, and community.


Integrating The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Into College Courses: An Annotated Bibliography Of Resources For Faculty, Nancy S. Delvecchio Oct 2015

Integrating The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Into College Courses: An Annotated Bibliography Of Resources For Faculty, Nancy S. Delvecchio

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

To assist faculty with integrating the Catholic Intellectual Tradition into their courses, this annotated bibliography of book chapters and scholarly articles provides practical ways to include the CIT in their courses. Only resources which are freely available on the web or are in standard university-held publications were included to ensure reader accessibility.


The Marketing Of Sacrifice, Enda Mcgovern Oct 2015

The Marketing Of Sacrifice, Enda Mcgovern

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Slides from a presentation made by Enda McGovern from the Department of Marketing at Sacred Heart University to the University's Board of Trustees. He outlines plans for a class to marketing students whose core text will be Pope Francis' encyclical on June 18, 2015, which lays out and argument for a new partnership between science and religion to combat human-driven climate change.


The Abortion Debate In America, Trent Thompson Oct 2015

The Abortion Debate In America, Trent Thompson

Writing Across the Curriculum

More than forty years after the landmark Roe V. Wade Supreme Court legislation, which deemed abortion a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution, the debate over abortion roars on.


Three Popes: Lessons In Leadership, Valerie Christian Sep 2015

Three Popes: Lessons In Leadership, Valerie Christian

Presidential Seminar on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

In Three Popes: Lessons in Leadership participants use selected leadership theories as a basis to comment on the leadership style and effectiveness of two former Bishops of Rome—John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The purpose is to hypothetically assist the incumbent pontiff, Francis, whose legacy—while looking promising—still is in its infancy. In the exercise, participants investigate the personal traits and life stories of three recent popes in an attempt to understand their professional style and effectiveness as leaders of the Roman Catholic Church. Using Pope Francis’ immediate predecessors as examples of good/bad leadership, teams recommend to ...


Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, Nathan Lewis Sep 2015

Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, Nathan Lewis

Nathan Lewis

On September 12, Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) Seminar committee members June-Ann Greeley (religious studies), Nathan Lewis (art & design) and Joe Nagy (English) presented a panel entitled "The Timeless "Comedy" of Life: Dante's Divine Comedy as a Vade Mecum for the Contemporary Student" at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context Conference at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.


Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, June-Ann Greeley Sep 2015

Cit Seminar Committee Members Present Panel In Amsterdam, June-Ann Greeley

June-Ann Greeley

On September 12, Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT) Seminar committee members June-Ann Greeley (religious studies), Nathan Lewis (art & design) and Joe Nagy (English) presented a panel entitled "The Timeless "Comedy" of Life: Dante's Divine Comedy as a Vade Mecum for the Contemporary Student" at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Education and Core Texts in the European Context Conference at Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.


New Department Of Catholic Studies Announced, Michelle Loris Aug 2015

New Department Of Catholic Studies Announced, Michelle Loris

Michelle Loris

Sacred Heart University has announced the formation of a Department of Catholic Studies, the goal of which is to administer a key component of the University’s core curriculum, the seminars in the Catholic intellectual tradition, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in Catholic studies. Michele Loris is the chair of the new department.