Inaugural Dean's Colloquium considers a Mormon presidency
A crowd of faculty, staff, and students turned out at the new Boston College Alumni Center March 13 for Dean Mark Massa, S.J.'s first annual Colloquium, “Are Mormons the New Catholics and Jews? Mitt Romney and the Political State of the Union.” Boisi Center Director and Professor of Political Science Alan Wolfe (center) moderated a panel discussion with Stephen Prothero, author and professor of religion at Boston University, and Kristine Haglund, editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. The two debated the effect Romney’s religion is likely to have on his presidential candidacy, the influence of the evangelical right on his chances for election, and the possibility of a Romney presidency. Audience members raised questions about whether Mormonism is a Christian faith and why faith is a fundamental issue in a presidential election in a country that was founded on religious liberty. Watch the C-SPAN video »
C21 Online in San Francisco
Church in the 21st Century Online and the Archdiocese of San Francisco have launched “Forward in Faith: Educational Enrichment for the Thinking Catholic,” a pilot catechetical program based on lectures and discussion topics developed by STM. Fourteen parishes in the Bay area are offering the program during spring and fall 2012, with topics such as Christ in Scripture and the sacramental life of the Church. C21 Online is providing DVDs of its online lectures free of charge to the archdiocese, where local faith facilitators will lead catechetical lessons and discussions, according to Barbara Anne Radtke (pictured), the program’s instructional designer. Meanwhile, the San Francisco archdiocese is also offering the pilot program to young adults on the Web, where they can view the lectures and participate in password-protected chat room discussions led by C21 Online facilitators. Classes drew nearly 50 percent more participants than expected during the first week of programming. Read more »
New rector named to Faber Jesuit Community
James Gartland, S.J., (pictured) is the new rector of the Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community, succeeding Bradley Schaeffer, S.J. Gartland will arrive in August from Chicago, where he is a member of the team that founded Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 1996. He taught theology at the school from 2000 until 2004, when he was appointed president. The Faber community in Brighton, which opened in 2010, is home to STM faculty and an international group of 66 Jesuits preparing for priesthood and other ministries in the Catholic Church. Read more »
The student-led Prison Ministry Initiative, which works to raise awareness of injustice in the U.S. prison system and the plight of the incarcerated, has organized a special exhibition of prisoners’ art. Seeing the Man: Art from Behind Bars, A Vision of Restorative Justice and Healing, is on exhibit in the Theology and Ministry Library from March 15 through April 30. (Pictured: Brian Ross's The Paradox of Suppressed Exultation: Shouting the Pot in Invisible Institutions) Read more »
James T. Bretzke, S.J., had three articles published in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Baker Academic, 2011) and one article published in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
STM faculty Dominic F. Doyle and Nancy Pineda-Madrid received tenure with promotion to associate professor. Associate Professor Andrea Vicini, S.J., received tenure.
John. F. Baldovin, S.J., presented his lecture, “The New Roman Missal: Challenge and Opportunity,” to various groups including the Southern Province of the Dominican Friars in Houston, Texas; members of the Societas Liturgica in Reims, France; and audiences at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, and the University of Detroit–Mercy in Detroit, Michigan.
Christopher Frechette, S.J., presented a paper, “The Violent Images Against Enemies in the Psalms Interpreted in the Framework of Recovery from the Effects of Trauma,” in early February at the Old Testament Biblical Colloquium XXV at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.
Melissa Kelley lectured on grief and spirituality to the Social Work Grand Rounds of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Chaplaincy Grand Rounds of Massachusetts General Hospital, and the annual Diversity Conference at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.
Richard Lennan wrote a chapter, “The Theology of Karl Rahner: An Alternative to the Ressourcement?” in Ressourcement: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Theology (Oxford University Press, 2012). Lennan also published an article, “Catholicity: Its Challenge for the Church,” in the fall 2011 issue of New Theology Review.
Rowman and Littlefield published the second classroom edition of Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action, by Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., in October 2011.
Christopher R. Matthews presented his paper, “The Community Problem Through a Lukan Glass (Darkly?),” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Francisco, California, in November. His entry on Acts of the Apostles was published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Liguori Press published Hosffman Ospino’s new book, Peter’s Catechism: Who Do You Say That I Am? Why Did You Doubt? Do You Love Me? in both English and Spanish last November. Ospino recently received a $75,000 grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation to continue his work on the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. Read more »