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October 11, 2009:

First, I would like to squelch any rumors about my having to borrow a Capuchin habit for today's event.  Yes, this is my solemn profession habit from 1972; it is admittedly in pristine condition, and although not quite saving it for this moment, I did want to be part of the brown wave that ripples across CTU today; furthermore, since the religious barb of the mendicants was both a choir robe as well as at the origin of the academic gown, it seems fitting in this conjunction of prayer and scholarship to don the capuche.

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March 16, 2011:

IN GOOD FAITH: Jews, Christians, Muslims sharing perspectives on issues that matter to our faith communities and to our world is an initiative of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in partnership with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies.

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June 12, 2011:

Sister Barbara Reid, O.P., Vice President, Academic Dean, & Professor of New Testament Studies presents "Ministering as a Contemplative Presence in a Chaotic World" during the 2011 Alumae/i Reunion at CTU.

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May 12, 2011:

Catholic Theological Union presents Father Thomas Coughlin, O.P. MISS. with an Honorary Doctorate in Ministry during the 43rd Commencement Ceremony.

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May 12, 2011:

Catholic Theological Union presents Harold Gershowitz with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters during the 43rd Commencement Ceremony.

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April 1, 2010:

On Palm Sunday, the Sunday that begins Holy Week, and again on Good Friday, Catholic Christians read the passion narrative of Jesus - his arrest, trial, death, and burial. This year, as I pondered Luke's gospel, it struck me that we read all passion narratives only so far as Jesus' death and burial. Of course, it makes sense since Easter Sunday is still ahead of us, and we cannot go into celebratory mode too early. But, I thought it a bit odd to read only as far as the death and burial when we all know the end of the story.

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May 1, 2010:

One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the awakening of the Church to the need for social and cultural analysis in order to ground its teaching and ministry in human reality. Awareness dawned that human linguistic, symbolic, moral, political, and economic structures profoundly influence the way we think about God and interpret our spiritual callings. The development of the human sciences (i.e.

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June 1, 2010:

I am the oldest of five children. My siblings, their families, and I all remain active in the "practice" of our Catholic faith. Of my eleven cousins on my mother's side all but two also remain active in the "practice" of the Catholic faith. We are also all active members of our parish communities. How unusual is this in our world today? VERY.

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August 1, 2010:

Geert Wilders is a Dutch parliamentarian who recently announced that he would be launching an international movement to ban immigration from Muslim countries to the West. In April of 2009, Wilders delivered a speech in Florida in which he said:

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September 1, 2010:

This past week CTU welcomed more than one hundred new students to begin their studies and spiritual formation for a variety of ministries in the church.  Some will become priests, some are religious sisters and brothers, and many will serve as lay ecclesial ministers.  Some serve in pastoral ministries, some are hospital chaplains, others are youth ministers and teachers, to name only a few.

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