Alumni News
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 8:51AM

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The first book by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, M.I.C. (MDiv, STV ‘16), Stepping on the Serpent: The Journey of Trust with Mary, can now be pre-ordered. Fr. Lancton describes this journey of trust as the “project of his life,” saying, “Trust is that door which allows the Lord to enter into our hearts in the most difficult moments, in the most critical moments, and the most important moments. He enters into our hearts and transforms us.”

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05) presented Autonomy, Freedom, and Physician Assisted Suicide: Human Flourishing within End-of-Life Contexts at the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine West on 13 September. Audio of the talk is available. The event was sponsored by the UIC Catholic Medical Students’ Association, The Integras Institute for Ethics, and the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC.

Very Rev. Andriy Rabiy (MDiv ‘02) was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and titular bishop of Germaniciana. At 41, Bishop-elect Rabiy is the youngest Catholic bishop of the United States, and one of the youngest in the world. The episcopal ordaination (video) took place on September 3 in St. George Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, in Bishop Rabiy’s hometown of Lviv. He will be formally welcomed with his celebrating a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Philadelphia on September 24.

Elliot Milco (MA ‘13), deputy editor of First Things, wrote in that publication’s online edition on “The Liberal Endgame.”

Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P., Catholic chaplain to UVA (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), and Fr. Joseph Barranger, O.P., pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas (MDiv, STB ‘86; STL ‘88), discussed recent events in Charlottesville and healing in a Catholic News Service article.

The newest book by Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ‘02), has been released. In 26 Champions of the Rosary, Fr. Calloway “presents outstanding heroes whose trusting dependance on Our Lady and her rosary have brought peace and divine help to the world.”

Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) discussed human embryo gene editing on WUSA9.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06; STL ‘09), is now the Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Canon Law at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. The seminary, established in 1898, forms clergy primarily of the the western United States.

Fr. William Goldin (MA ‘10) successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the Angelicum. His thesis was entitled, “St. Thomas Aquinas and Supersessionism: A Contextual Study and Doctrinal Application.” As of July 1, Fr. Goldin, a priest of the Diocese of Orange, has been assigned to St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, California.

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05), has accepted the position of interim director of the Integritas Institute for Ethics. The Institute is a pedagogical ministry of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. It was founded in 1997 to foster a deeper appreciation of the ethical questions arising from everyday professional experience. It strives to provide a constructive forum in which such questions can be explored in the light of Catholic moral and social thought.

Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ‘09) recently appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s history of the Catholic Charismatic Movement.

Fr. Saliga will return to Wyoming Catholic College to serve as chaplain on this year’s Freshman backpacking trip with Catholic Outdoor Renewal Expeditions. During academic year 2014-15, Fr. Chris served on the committe that developed the initial WCC COR Expedition model.

Therese Bermpohl (MA ‘07), Director of the Office of Family Life in the Diocese of Arlington spoke at a Theology on Tap event at O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub in Arlington on June 12.

Remembering God’s Mercy, by Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14), recently won first place in the Inspirational category of the 2017 “Excellence in Publishing Awards” bestowed by the Association of Catholic Publishers. It was recently announced that Dr. Goldstein will join the On Campus faculty at Holy Apostles College & Seminary.

On May 27, Fr. Peter Stravinskas (STL ‘88) observed 40 years of priesthood. He recently reflected on the changes he’s seen in four decades in an article for Catholic World Report.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P, one of the Republican members of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), addresses calls to defund that organization. Fr. Pietrzyk counters that the LSC’s image as having been co-opted by ideology is based on outdated information.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein wrote in the New York Times opinion pages about the American Jewish Committee’s criticism of Pope Francis for using the term “concentration camp” to refer to the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., testified before the Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee regarding proposed legislation which would largely deregulate the abortion industry in that state. Fr. Austriaco, a biologist and professor of bioethics at Providence College, shared his experience working with women who regret abortion through the Project Rachel retreat program.

Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P., and Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P., will teach a chant workshop in Amenia, N.Y., June 27-30. The workshop is hosted by the Wethersfield Institute, and advance registration is required.

Arina Grossu (MA ‘08) commented on then-Judge Neil Gorsuch in an opinion piece for U.S. News & World Report.

Fr. Athanaius Murphy, O.P., was profiled in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter. Ordained in 2016, he has been Associate Chaplain at JHU since January.

Fr. Thomas More Garrett, O.P. (STB ‘14, MDiv, STL ‘15), has written an article for Catholic World Report about the alarming increase in young “nones” - those not identifying with any particular religion - and the importance of Catholic campus ministry programs, including at secular institutions, in countering that trend.

Thomas Peters (STB ‘09) was profiled in Our Sunday Visitor about his faith after a life-changing accident.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) was on EWTN Radio’s “Morning Glory” program, discussing her book Remembering God’s Mercy.

Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16) is the new chaplain of the Catholic Student Minstiry at the University of Virginia.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C. (STL ‘08), author and director of evangelization and development for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, spoke at the Ignited by Truth Catholic Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

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.”

Three recently-ordained Dominican priests spoke of their experiences at World Youth Day in Kraków in an article by Kathryn Jean Lopez for Aleteia. The priests are Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P., (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), and Fr. Dominic Mary Verner, O.P. (STB ‘14, MDiv, STL ‘16).

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.

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