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Links of Interest
In the middle of winter we invite you to settle in and reflect and read about programs, people, and events that can help connect you with BC and with your spirituality. Be in touch too! We'd love to highlight people of faith in an upcoming issue.
Upcoming Spirituality Events
Chestnut Hill: Saturday, Feb. 9:
Caring for the Caregiver
with Professor Melissa Kelley of the School of Theology and Ministry
9 a.m.–12 noon (Snow date: Feb. 16)
Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton Campus, Boston College
This event is geared for all those who care for others, be it parents of children with special needs, adults caring for aging/ill parents or other loved ones, those caring for people with illness, and anyone who cares for others in any way. This program will affirm the helping ministry you are engaged in and offer practical ways of taking care of yourself as you care for others. Click here to RSVP.
New York City: Thursday, Feb. 28: "Meeting Jesus in Your Life" with Fr. James Martin, S.J., in New York City
6:30 p.m., Wallace Hall at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 980 Park Avenue at 84th Street, New York City
This event is always a big draw. Join us as Fr. Martin uses a few simple New Testament passages to help you enter into a deeper relationship with God. By specifically concentrating on passages about Jesus' work by the Sea of Galilee, and using the practices of Ignatian contemplation and lectio divina, Fr. Martin will invite you to experience the Gospels in a new way. A reception will immediately follow. This event is cosponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center. Guests are welcome. Click here to RSVP.
Chestnut Hill: Sunday, March 10: 62nd Annual Laetare Sunday Celebration
9:30 a.m., Conte Forum, Lower Campus, Boston College
All are cordially invited to attend the annual celebration of Laetare Sunday at Boston College. This annual Mass marks the midpoint of Lent and is intended to provide all Christians with encouragement as we progress through the penitential season.
University President William P. Leahy, S.J., will preside at the Mass. BC's new head football coach, Steve Addazio, will be the guest speaker.
Brunch will immediately follow the Mass. Click here to RSVP.
Alumni in the News
T.J. (Antonio) Martinez, S.J., '92, ThM'07, founder and president of Houston's Cristo Rey Jesuit Preparatory School, is a force to be reckoned with. Fr. Martinez also serves on the Boston College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Faculty in the News
BC School of Theology and Ministry Professor at the Forefront of New Evangelization Effort
Landings, a Paulist ministry of reconciliation that has helped parishes worldwide welcome people back to the Catholic Church, has announced the formation of a new program, directed by Associate Professor Thomas A. Kane, CSP, in the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, to promote evangelization in the American Catholic Church.
BC Professor of Theology Presented with 2012 G. Ernest Wright Award
Boston College Associate Professor of Theology David Vanderhooft has been presented with the 2012 G. Ernest Wright Award by American Schools of Oriental Research for his coauthored book, The Yehud Stamp Impressions: A Corpus of Inscribed Impressions from the Persian and Hellenistic Periods in Judah.
Lynch School Professor Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., a part of a Conversation on the Future of Catholic Schools
Lynch School Professor Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., joined educational leaders from the Archdiocese of Hartford to discuss the creation of a plan for the future of the archdiocesan schools. O'Keefe has also been appointed interim director of BC's Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
Recently Published Books on Spirituality by BC Authors
Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New
Catholic Spiritual Practices: A Treasury of Old and New, coedited by School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Colleen Griffith and Professor Thomas Groome, is the latest title from the award-winning Church in the 21st Century Center Book Series. The volume is a collection of essays by some of the most respected Catholic writers of today and offers "a treasury of formative practices that will vivify and nurture...spiritual life."
Becoming Catholic, Again: Connecting the Faith We Were Taught with the Faith We Live
In the style of a personal narrative, Boston College alumna Catherine Brunell '99, MA'05, examines how to maintain an authentic spiritual life and a connection to the Church in the postmodern world.
Beyond the Walls: Abraham Joshua Heschel and Edith Stein on the Significance of Empathy for Jewish-Christian Dialogue
In his book, BC alumnus Fr. Joseph Palmisano '97 draws from the writings of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Edith Stein to offer an in-depth examination of the significance of empathy for Jewish-Christian understanding.
Other Spirituality Events
Monday, Feb. 4:
Growing in Love and Wisdom: Adapting Buddhist Meditation for Christian Prayer
5:30 p.m., STM Chapel and Room 100, Brighton Campus, Boston College
Join us for an evening with Susan Stabile, author of Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation. Her particular focus will be how meditation practices drawn from the Buddhist tradition can enrich Christian spirituality. For more information, call 617-552-6501.
Saturday, Feb. 9:
Meditation, Interfaith Learning, and Social Service: Deep Learning Across Interreligious Boundaries
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100, Main Campus, Boston College
In this day-long event, participants will learn powerful meditations of compassion and awareness adapted from Tibetan Buddhism for people of all faiths and backgrounds. For more information about this event or to register, click here.
Saturday, April 20:
The New Evangelization: Renewing the Church, with Anthony Gittins, CSSp; Kristina DeNeve; and others.
9 a.m.–4 p.m., Law School, East Wing, Newton Campus, Boston College
The theme of the October 2012 Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome—the New Evangelization—provides an opportunity to explore more deeply our understanding of the new evangelization at this conference. Plenary gathers and breakout sessions will examine the theological underpinnings and best practices for evangelization.
To learn more about this event or to register, click here.
Lent reminds us of the ongoing need for conversion in our lives, the need to become "right sized" in how we are with God and others. By reflecting on the Gospels for Ash Wednesday, the Sundays of Lent, and Easter, Lenten Reflections will explore the various modes of conversion and the way it comes to expression in our daily lives. Join us online for this weekly series of Reflections authored by Jane Regan, associate professor of Theology and Religious Education at BC's School of Theology and Ministry. A new Reflection will be posted each week throughout Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. The series will culminate in an Easter message.
What will you do during Lent to honor the season and grow closer to God? Please share your thoughts on this subject by dropping us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Eagle's Wings
The BC community extends its arms to those in need of prayer. With the closing of St. Mary's for renovation, our alumni prayer candle has been moved to its new (temporary) home at St. Joseph's Chapel on Upper Campus. Please feel welcome to submit your confidential prayer requests by clicking here, and we will pray for those named and keep your intentions close.
Prayer for Winter
Let us huddle together this morning,
our community a place of warmth in our lives as we share the flame of hope and connection.
Let us allow the frost of isolation and bitterness to melt away
as we open ourselves to a sense of peace and spirit.
We extend our thoughts to all those who are cold this morning,
lacking shelter or love to keep them warm.
Let us wrap our prayers around them and each other like scarves,
and wish each other safe journeys through the storm.
May we be insulated from fear as the earth is insulated by the snow,
and, like bulbs, may we continue to grow and open inside, despite the cold,
ready for the spring, to stretch and grow towards justice.
(Credit: Rev. Kate Wilkinson, www.revkatewilkinson.com)
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