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Hilgartner New Head of NPM
Monsignor Richard B. Hilgartner is the new president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
    From 2011 until July 2014, Hilgartner served as executive director to the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He earned his licentiate in sacred theology, with a specialization in sacramental theology, at the Pontificio Ateneo Sant’ Anselmo in 2005. He has served as chaplain and director of campus ministry at Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is a trained singer and former brass player who was part of musical ensembles through high school and college.
Fund to Assist Black Catholic Organizations
Organizations that minister to black Catholics may apply for funding from the Daniel Rudd Fund. Funds will assist organizations that support the National Black Catholic Congress’s Pastoral Plan. Programs for which funding is sought must develop one of the ten priorities of the plan: holiness of life, life and dignity of the human person, walking with the saints, engaging in parish life and evangelization, faith informed, schools too valuable to sell, reaching out to the next generation, vocations, getting married and staying married, and the social apostolate.
    More information on the Daniel Rudd Fund may be found at http://www.nbccongress.org/.
New Head for Institute for Black Catholic Studies
Rev. Maurice Nutt, CSSR, is the new head of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (ICBS) at Xavier University of Louisiana.
    Nutt holds a doctorate of ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology, a master of divinity from Catholic Theological Union, and a master of theology from ICBS. He is the author of three books, one of which is on his former teacher, Thea Bowman. He has been a member of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, an adjunct professor for Hampton University’s Online Religious Studies Program and for St. Louis University’s Department of Theology.
CTU Offers Study Guides for Joy of the Gospel
Rev. Maurice Nutt, CSSR, is the new head of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (ICBS) at Xavier University of Louisiana.
    The Catholic Theological Union website is providing a number of ways to study the Joy of the Gospel. Available are a series of videos and podcasts, a study guide, and an essay. Among those contributing to this effort are Steve Bevans, SVD, Barbara Reid, OP, Robert Schreiter, CPPS, Rev. Richard Fragomeni, Mark Francis, CSV, Carmen Nanko-Fernandez, Gina Wolfe, C. Vanessa White, vanThanh Nguyen, SVD, Roger Schroeder, Gil Ostdiek, OFM, and Ed Foley, Capuchin.
    More information is available at www.ctu.edu.
Aquinas Institute Presents Great Preacher Award
The 2014 Great Preacher Award will be presented to Bishop Emeritus Robert J. Shaheen on October 23, 2014, at the Cedars Banquet Hall, St. Louis, Missouri.
    Each year the Aquinas Institute of Theology presents the Great Preacher Award to an outstanding preacher whose pastoral leadership has made the Catholic community stronger.
    Shaheen, who retired in July 2013, was consecrated a bishop in February 2001, months after Pop John Paul II appointed him as eparch of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis, Missouri. A third-generation Lebanese, he was the first US-born priest to be trained in the Maronite rite in the United States.
New Head for Ecumenical Institute
Rev. Russell McDougall, CSC, has been appointed the rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, a Jerusalem-based center of theological scholarship and learning administered by the University of Notre Dame.
    The new rector has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and more recently his doctoral studies have been at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. His academic work focuses on biblical narratives as works of art and moral agency. He has preached in Methodist and Anglican congregations in Rome and Bologna and been an associate and friend of the Anglican Centre in Rome and of Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he lived at Stonehill College, Easton.
    McDougall served for nearly fifteen years in East Africa as associate pastor of a parish in Nairobi, Kenya, as director of candidate formation for the Congregation of the Holy Cross in Uganda, and as academic dean and lecturer in Old Testament at Queen of Apostles Philosophy Center in Jinja, Uganda.
Reid New President of Biblical Association
Two members of the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) staff have been elected to offices in the Catholic Biblical Association of America.
    Barbara E. Reid, OP, vice president and academic dean of CTU has been elected the president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM, has been elected vice president.
Awards to Support Book on Latino/a Theology
Peter Cassarella, an associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, has received two awards to aid his book project God of the People: A Latino/a Theology. The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology Award and the Louisville Institute’s Sabbatical Grant for Researchers will support his writing and research.
Cardinal Kasper Talk Available on Video
Cardinal Walter Kasper speaks about his newly translated book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press) in a video that may be viewed at Boston College's The Church in the 21st Century website, http://www.bc.edu/church21/.
Icon Workshop at St. Meinrad's
"A Window to Heaven," an intensive five-day icon painting workshop will be offered from October 12–17 at St. Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana.
    Brother Michael Moran, CP, will teach the course. Cost for the workshop is $750. To reserve a place, contact merspamer@saintmeinrad.edu.
St. John's to Provide Online Course on the Gospels
The St. John's School of Theology Seminary is offering the online course "Gospels" to anyone who is interested. Michael Patella, OSB, will be the instructor. If the course is taken for credit, the three credits can be applied to a graduate or certificate program at a later date.
Online Formation Offered in Spanish
STEP is partnering with the Southeast Pastoral Institute to launch Camino, a new program of online theological formation in Spanish.
    El Camino de la Fe, a course based on the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, will run during the following sessions: Jan5–Feb. 20, 2015; April 13–May 29, 2015, and June 8–July 24, 2015.
    New courses will cover divine revelation, the Creed, sacraments and liturgy, Christian prayer and spirituality, the Mystery of the Incarnation, and Hispanic ministry.
    The courses have been designed by university professors as well as leaders in Hispanic ministry in the Church.
    More information is available at http://camino.nd.edu/en/ and http://camino.nd.edu/.
FDLC Honors Msgr. Kevin Irwin
Monsignor Kevin Irwin is the recipient of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission's McManus Award. The McManus Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to liturgy on the national level.
    Irwin is the author of sixteen books on liturgy and the sacraments, including his most recent book What We Have Done, What We Have Failed to Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II (Paulist Press, 2014). He is the former dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America.
St. Meinrad's Offers Pastoring Workshops
St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's "Effective Pastoring Workshops" has workshops scheduled for associate pastors, those slated to become pastors, and seasoned pastors.
    The Gearing Up to Be a Pastor workshop is scheduled for October 20–24. Topics will be "Being and Becoming a Pastor," "Quick, Healthy, Simple Cooking for One," "Parish Leadership and Administration," "Spiritual Leadership," and "Living a Balanced Life."
    The Gardner Renewal Days for Seasoned Pastors is scheduled for November 11–13. "Spiritual Leadership: Skills of the Successful Pastor" will be the topic.
    The workshop for associate pastors is scheduled for February 9–13, 2015. Topics during the weeklong conference will be "Assessing, Managing, and Integrating Our Transitions," "Creating Your Personal Growth Plan," "Income Taxes for Priests," "Personal Finance," "Exorcism and the Parish Priest," and "Quick, Simple, Healthy Cooking for One."
    More information may be found at http://www.saintmeinrad.edu/priests-ongoing-formation/effective-pastoring-workshops/.
Music Ministers Conference at Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, in partnership with Notre Dame Vision, will offer a week-long conference for liturgical music ministers from July 13–17, 2015.
    Notre Dame Vision for Liturgical Music Ministers will seek to ground ministers in the baptismal vocation of the Christian.
    For more information, contact Notre Dame Vision at ndi@nd.edu.
Catholic Perspectives Series at St. Joseph's Seminary
The 2014/2015 Catholic Perspectives Series will sponsor a series of events at St. Joseph's College and Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York:
    •"The Witness of Flannery O’Connor," with a panel of Flannery O’Connor scholars, moderated by Matt Malone, SJ, on October 17–18. The event will mark the fiftieth anniversary of O'Connor's death.
    •The Catholic Media and the New Evangelization Symposium on December 13. Catholic media representatives will address their role in reproposing the Gospel in the United States.
    •Pope Francis and the Culture of the Internet Symposium on March 28. Catholic figures will discuss the Internet and how it interacts with the Church during the papacy of Pope Francis.
    To regiser for an event, contact Terry Goleski at events@americamagazine.org.
Fordham's Curran Center Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary
The Office of Mission and Ministry and the Journal of Catholic Social Thought will offer the following talks at Villanova University:
    •"Catholic Social Thought and the Financial Crisis," with Bishop Diarmuid Martin speaking at 7:30 PM November 12 at St. Thomas Villanova Church
    •"The Economy of Grace and the Church of the Poor: Papal Responses to the Financial Crisis," with Drew Christiansen, PM, speaking at 4:30 PM at St. Augustine Center
    •"The Role of Finance in an Inclusive Economy: From Wealth Capital to Real Wealth Creation," with Charles Clark speaking, at 4:30 PM January 27, 2015, at the Connelley Center
    •"Financial Integrity and Inclusive Capitalism: Civilizing Globalization," with Stefano Zamagni speaking at 3 PM February 13, 2015, at the St. Rita Hall Community Room
    •"What Makes a Financial Market 'Good': Perspectives from Catholic Thought," with Christine Firer Hinze speaking at 4:30 PM at Driscoll Hall Auditorium
    For more information, contact the Office of Mission and Ministry, c/o Marcella Bray, marcella.bray@villanova.edu.
Talks Focus Catholic Social Thought, Finances at Villanova
The Frances and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the following series of events:
    •"Women and Christianity: Unsettled and Unsettling Questions," presented by Sidney Callahan, psychologist, theologian, and distinguished scholar at the Hastings Center, at 6 PM October 21 at the Hastings Center on the Rose Hill Campus
    •"Stabat Mater Dolorosa: Mary at the Cross in Early Modern Polemic, Art, and Literature," presented by Robert S. Miloa, Gerald Manley Hopkins Professor of English at Loyola University Maryland, at 5:30 PM November 6 at Tognino Hall on the Rose Hill Campus
    •"The Search for Peace and Justice in a Post-9/11 World," featuring the world premiere of In Our Son’s Name, a film by Gayla Jamison with Orlando and Phyllis Rodriguez, at 6 PM February 24, 2015, at the Rose Hill Campus
    •"Work and Human Flourishing: Economic and Catholic Perspectives: The Good Economy Series: Celebrating 125 Years of Catholic Social Thought," at 6 PM March 3, 2015, at the Lincoln Center Campus
    •"The Rosary: Its Mysteries in Art and History," presented by Esperanca Camara, associate professor of art history at the University of St. Francis, at 6 PM at the Rose Hill Campus
    •"Alternative Medicine: Poetry and Healing," an evening with Rafael Campo, MD, on April 16, 2015 (time and location to be announced)
    •"Bad Economics? Interrogating Pope Francis' Economic Theory," (date, location, and time to be announced)
Program Offers Apprentice in Leadership
The St. John’s School of Theology Seminary’s Youth in Theology and Ministry will meet from June 15 to 28, 2014, at the campus in Collegeville, Minnesota.
    The program seeks to apprentice Catholic leadership in youth, counselors, and their adult mentors. The three-pronged program serves high school youth; students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, who serve as counselors; and adult mentors, who earn a master of arts in pastoral ministry as part of a YTM cohort. For more information, contact Jeff Kaster, jkaster@csbsju.edu.
Catholic University to Offer Master of Catechesis
The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies will begin to offer a master of catechesis this summer. The courses in the program will follow an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on theology, scripture, spirituality, the history of catechetics, and psychology within the context of contemporary culture.
    Margaret Schreiber, academic area director of catechetics and an assistant professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology, will direct the program. Courses will be offered onsite and online. The first online semester will take place May 27 to July 25.
Seminar to Focus on Religious Life Focus
Aspects of religious life will be explored in the seminar “Catholic Religious Life in the New Millennium” July 14–18 at St. Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana.Participants will examine what it means to give one’s life in service during a time of social, cultural, and economic crises.
    The seminar will be conducted in the context of a week of prayer. Included in each day will be Morning Prayer, Mass, and Vespers.
    Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, professor emerita at the Jesuit School of Theology, will speak each morning of the seminar. Schneider’s topics will be: “The Mystery of the Incarnation as the Foundation of Religious Life,” on Monday; “Evangelical Poverty,” Tuesday; “Poverty of Spirit,” Wednesday; “Prophetic Obedience,” Thursday; and “The Prophetic Vocation,” on Friday.
    The following speakers and topics are scheduled for the afternoon sessions: Susan Ross, professor of theology at Loyola University, “The Gift of Religious Communities of Women to the Church and the World,” on Monday; Keith J. Egan, emeritus professor at St. Mary’s College, “Monasticism’s Gift of Contemplative Prayer to the Church and the World,” on Tuesday; and Cornelius Hubbuch, CFX, member of the pastoral care staff of the Xaverian Brothers, "The Gift of Religious Communities of Men to the Church and the World," on Wednesday.
    On Thursday afternoon, the 2008 documentary They Killed Sister Dorothy will be shown and, on Friday afternoon, the movie The Last Journey of Oscar Romero. Elizabeth Bowyer, SND, will be the facilitator for the response and discussion to Thursday’s movie, and Robert Pelton, CSC, will facilitate the response and discussion for Friday’s movie.
    Seminar attendees who are discerning a call to religious life may request a mentor for the seminar. Mentors will share meals, pray, and converse with those discerning a vocation.
    More information on the seminar is available at https://www.saintmarys.edu/spirituality.
Summer Workshops at Aquinas Institute
The Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Misssouri, is offering the following summer workshops:
    • Care for Medical Ethics for Pastors, with sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on June 18 and 25. The first session will be on care for persons at the end of life or with serious life-threatening illness,and the second will be on addressing other medical ethical issues, especially at the beginning of life, with respect for all concerned. The cost is $40 for each session or $75 for both sessions.Rev. Thomas Nairn, OFM,PHD, Senior Director with the Catholic Health Association, will lead both sessions.
    • Mission & Money: Financial Leadership in Pastoral Ministry, with sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 12, 19, and 26. The first session will be on the Aquinas campus, and the next two sessions will be at local parishes that have turned their finances around. Gene Brion, doctoral candidate at Saint Louis University, will lead the sessions. The cost is $15 per session. The sessions have been largely underwritten by a grant from the Missouri Department of Education.
    • The Paradoxical Struggle of Daily Preaching, from 9 a.m. to noon June 10. Rev. Donald Wester, of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and Rev. Greg Heille, OP, of the Aquinas Institute of Theology, will lead the session. The cost is $50.
    • Scripture and Spirituality Workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 16–20. Sean Charles Martin, associate professor of biblical studies, will lead the morning sessions and Maribeth Howell,OP, the afternoon sessions. The cost is $175 for each session or $300 for both sessions.
    • Teaching as . . . Formation . . . Transformation . . . Leadership, from 8 a.m. to noon July 9, 16, and 23. Celeste Mueller, DMIN, vice president of formation and theological education at Ascension Health, will lead the sessions. The cost is $40 per session or $100 for all of the sessions.
    To register or for more information on any of the sessions, contact admissions@ai.edu or call 800-977-3869.
Collegeville Institute Offers Writing Courses
The Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical& Cultural Research is offering the following writing courses:
    • Words that Sing II: Advanced Writing with Mary Nilsen, October 6–12, at the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Ashland, Massachusetts. This conference is for pastor-writers who wish to deepen their skills. Nilsen, who has a graduate degree in literary non-fiction from the University of Iowa and a master of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School,has taught writing courses at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and owns a small publishing company. The registration fee is $400.
    • Mapping the Geography of Grace: A Writing Workshop for Clergy, October 7–13, at the Gray Conference Center, Canton, Mississippi. Electronic application is due May 15. The workshop is being done in partnership with The Center for Ministry. Workshop facilitator Robert Benson has written Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Living Prayer, In Constant Prayer,and That We May Perfectly Love Thee.The program is limited to twelve participants. The Collegeville Institute is underwriting expenses of lodging, meals, and workshop fees.
Cushwa Center Awards of Women Artists in the Liturgical Movement
Rebecca Berru-Davis, visiting assistant professor at Rocky Mountain College, has received a grant from the University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for her study of “Women Artists of the Early 20th Century Liturgical Movement in the United States: Sacred Art in Transition” (1932–1962).
Discount for Online Courses
Felician College, Lodi, New Jersey, offers a 50 percent discount to clergy, vowed religious, and qualified persons in paid or volunteer ministry. Students may pursue a master's in religious education (33 credits), graduate certificate in religious education (18 credits), or a post-master's certificate in religious education (18 credits).
    For more information, visit http://www.felician.edu/school/graduate-studies.
Call for Papers for Symposium on Nuns
The organizers of the symposium, “The Nun in the World: A Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council,” are seeking papers for the symposium. The symposium is scheduled to take place May 7–9, 2015, at the University of Notre Dame, London Centre, England.
    The symposium seeks papers that consider the complexities in the transformation of orders of women religious that followed and even preceded the Council.
    More information is available at http://cushwa.nd.edu/news/.
Six-Day Retreat at Collegeville Abbey
Praying with Imagination, a six-day retreat to encounter God, is scheduled for July 14–18 at St. John’s Abbey Guesthouse, Collegeville, Minnesota.
    Barbara Sutton, DMIN, will lead participants in praying with the illuminated Word of the St. John's Bible and developing their artistic imagination through calligraphy, painting, and storytelling.
    More information and registration are available at http://blog.seeingtheword.org/.
Registration Open for Online Courses
Registration is still open for two new courses through the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry C21 Online Program. The courses, “Christian Faith and Moral Character” and “The Creed: What We Believe,” will begin on April 30. More information is available at http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/c21online/.
Video of Panel Discussion on Pope Francis
A video of the panel discussion “Pope Francis and the Future of the Global Church” is available at the Church in the 21st Century website, http://www.bc.edu/church21/. Discussing Pope Francis on the video are: Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College; Richard R. Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Systematic Theology in the Boston College Theology Department; Mar Munoz-Visoso, executive director of the Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church; and M. Shawn Copeland, professor in Boston College’s Theology Department.
Cathleen Kaveny on Boston College Faculty
Moral theologian Cathleen Kaveny has joined the faculties of Boston College’s Law School and Theology Department.
    Kaveny, the author of Law’s Virtues: Fostering Autonomy and Solidarity in American Society, is a regular columnist for Commonweal Magazine and has written for America. She is writing Prophesy without Contempt: An Ethics of Religious Discourse in the Public Square.
    Prior to coming to Boston College, she taught in both the Law School and Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame.
Videos Aid in Developing Preaching Skills
At the Touchstones for Preaching site, two levels of videos are available to help priests and deacons develop their preaching skills.
    At the basic level are the videos "Sacramentality of the Word," "The Preacher as Mediator,"and "Preaching as Vocation;" and at the special touchstone level are the videos "Weddings," "Funerals," "Preaching Justice," and "Preaching to Children."
    Touchstones for Preaching is a resource that supports priests and deacons in developing their preaching skills. The resource is a service of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry C21 Online and The Church in the 21st Century Center.
    Speakers in the video series are: Rev. Richard Clifford, SJ, professor of Old Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; Ann Garrido, DMin, associate professor of homiletics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology; Rev. William T. Kelly, STD, former teacher of homiletics at St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts; Msgr.James A.Mongelluzzo, STD, who teaches homiletics and sacramental theology at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts; Rev. Thomas J. Scirghi, SJ, ThD, associate professor of systematic theology at Fordham University; and Paul Turner, STD, pastor of St. Anthony Church, Kansas City, Missouri.
    The videos are available at http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/c21online/resources/preaching.html.
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