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Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05), will give a presentation entitled “Sexual Activity: A Nature Based Analysis” at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Daley Library, Room 1-470. His presentation is the first of several within a conference designed by key Catholic student leaders. “The Real Sex Week” will run concomitant with UIC’s “Sex Week.” Fr. Saliga’s talk will be accessible live on Facebook.
Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C. (STL ‘08), author and director of evangelization and development for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, will speak at the Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference in Raleigh, N.C., in February 2017.
Fr. Gary Selin (MA ‘99), formation director and assistant professor at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, was interviewed by the National Catholic Register about his book, Priestly Celibacy: Theological Foundations.
Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MA ‘04, MDiv ‘05) gave a lecture on the Christian distinction between pain and suffering at the Integritas Institute in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ‘09) was recently in India, to provide training for religious and laity in four different dioceses, and to deliver a paper at an academic colloquium in the Diocese of Trivandrum. Dr. Martin is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, president of Renewal Ministries, and co-host of EWTN’s “The Choices We Face.”
Therese Bermpohl (MA ‘07), Director of the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Family Life, spoke on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory” about the diocese’s annual novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for all those struggling with infertility, infant loss, and miscarriages.
Amy MacKinnon (STB ‘13) has written an article for Celebrate Life Magazine on her journey from Catholic to New Ager and back to Catholic, and her accompanying changing views on abortion.
Fr. Vincenter Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (STB ‘14; MDiv ‘15; STL ‘16), directed the Schola Cantorum of the Dominican Friars in their latest records, Christ was Born to Save.
Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. (STB ‘69; STL ‘71), Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven on “Challenges to Proclaiming the Faith in a Secular Age.” This lecture has been made available online thanks to the Knights of Columbus.
Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ‘02), discusses his book Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon on EWTN Bookmark with Doug Keck. The program is scheduled to air on Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m., with repeats on Monday, December 12 at 5 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 17, at 1:30 p.m. (all times ET).
Dr. John W. Romanowsky (MA ’02), director of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Evangelization, described the archdiocesan “Be Missionary Disciples” initiative, a response to the call of Pope Francis to conversion of the entire church, in the Catholic Review. “Parishes and Catholics have to ask themselves challenging questions about how they are welcoming everyone in their parish territory, Romanowsky said. ‘How are we facilitating an encounter with Christ – maybe someone’s very first encounter with Christ – with everyone in our parish. How are we accompanying them … on their journey of faith?’”
Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) has co-written an article in The Federalist on the risks of hormonal birth control.
Elliot Milco (MA ‘13), deputy editor of First Things, spoke on their weekly podcast about the dubia presented by four cardinals to Pope Francis, concerning the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.
Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P (MDiv/STB ‘06; STL ‘09), and Vice President and Academic Dean Fr. Thomas Petri, O.P., commented on a video recently posted by Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, in an article in the National Catholic Register.
Microbiologist and researcher Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. (MDiv ‘03, STL ’05), was the celebrant and homilist at the inaugural “Gold Mass” for scientists, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s chapel on November 15. In October, Fr. Austriaco delivered the 2016 St. John Paul II Bioethics Lecture at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Connecticut, which was titled “Bodily Integration after Total Brain Death: Long Term Survival and its Implications for the Debate Over the Neurological Criteria.”
Earlier this year, Fr. Etido Jerome, S.S.J. (MDiv/STB ‘11), traveled to Lebanon as part of a Catholic Relief Services delegation. He has written about his experience of finding hope among the refugees.
Carl Wolk (MA ‘15) spoke on “Dogma, Magisterium and Conscience: What Must I Believe to be a Catholic?” at St. John the Evangelist in Greenfield, Wisconsin, on November 20. Mr. Wolk currently teaches middle and high school theology at Providence Academy in La Crosse.
Author Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) recently became a Resident Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology at Oscott College, U.K. She was also recently profiled by Rome Reports.
Alumni who have signed the Affirmation of the Church’s Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality, countering the “Wijngaards Statement,” include: Dr. Richard H. Bulzacchelli, Fr. Donald H. Calloway, Fr. Lawrence Donohoo, Fr. William Goldin, Fr. Paul Jerome Keller, O.P., Fr. Peter Kucer, Prof. John Janaro, Dr. John Love, Dr. Ralph Martin, Dr. R.J. Matava, and Dr. Cynthia Toolin-Wilson. (For faculty signatories, see our see our Faculty News section.)
Alumni Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) of the Family Research Council and Genevieve Plaster (MA ‘13) of the Charlotte Lozier Institute testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice in a hearing on “The Ultimate Civil Right: Examining the Hyde Amendment and the Born Alive Infants Protection Act.” Mrs. Plaster testified on the Hyde Amendment and Miss Grossu testified on the Born Alive Act.
On September 10, Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘85), was installed as Archbishop of Honiara, the capital city of the Solomon Islands. The Archbishop is the major prelate for the entire country. His Excellency was previously the Bishop of Auki, and the Auxiliary Bishop of Gizo, both in the Solomon Islands. The day after the installation, Archbishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., of Sydney, gave the homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving.
Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, by Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ’02), has been published by Marian Press. At some 600 pages, it contains the complete history of the rosary, a full color section on the rosary in classical art, and over 600 quotes on the rosary from popes, saints, and blesseds. It has endorsements from the Master General of the Dominicans, ten Dominican bishops, one Dominican cardinal, four Dominican provincials, and many Dominican theologians, priests, and sisters. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., has endorsed the book: “Father Calloway has written what is probably the most comprehensive book ever written on the rosary…a veritable masterpiece of scholarship and piety.” Fr. Calloway is the subject of a short testimonial movie done by the Knights of Columbus.