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Creation ex nihilo Origins, Development, Contemporary Challenges | Edited by Gary A. Anderson and Markus Bockmuehl

Author: Garay A. Anderson

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The phrase “creation ex nihilo” refers to the primarily Christian notion of God’s creation of everything from nothing. Creation ex nihilo: Origins, Development, Contemporary Challengespresents the findings of a joint research project at Oxford University and the University of Notre Dame in 2014–2015. The doctrine of creation ex nihilo Read More

Are faith and science compatible?

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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The inaugural Gold Mass and lecture at the University of Notre Dame was held on Nov. 15, 2017, the feast day of Saint Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists. The events, a campus-wide collaboration among several colleges, centers and institutes, drew hundreds. Read More

5 Saturdays Devotion - Spring 2018

Author: Colleen Halpin

As part of her internship with the McGrath Institute for Church Life, senior Colleen Halpin is hoping to gather a group of people together who would like to practice the 5 Saturdays devotion, a practice which was born out of Fatima.
 
Fr. Andrew Apostoli explains the devotion in his book, Fatima for Today
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Theology major Sydney Schneider searching for her family roots in Southern Italy

Author: Costanza Montanari

Sydney Schneider is a slender and gentle study abroad student from Laingsburg, Michigan. She is a Theology and History major at the University of Notre Dame, spending her Fall 2017 semester in Rome as part of the General Education program.

She came to Rome to immerse herself in the culture, improve her knowledge of Italian, but also to search for her family roots. Read More

Theology graduate students travel to Germany, Jordan, and Israel with Fulbright Awards

Author: Carrie Gates

Four students in Notre Dame’s Ph.D. program in theology have received 2017-18 research grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Ashley Edewaard, Stephen Long, Andrew O’Connor, and Joseph Riordan, SJ, are among 30 students from the College of Arts and Letters to receive awards in another record-breaking year for the University and the College. Read More

Fassler Gives Three Plenary Lectures This Fall

Author: Matt Haines

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This fall, Margot Fassler, Director of SMND, and the Keough Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, was invited to give three keynote presentations. These formal presentations include her lecture “Within/Without: The Liturgical Voices of Women Religious in the Later Middle Ages,” for the Reichenau-Tagung des Konstanzer Arbeitskreises für mittelalterliche Geschichte. The following week, Fassler presented a keynote on the liturgical practices of the Augustinian canons of St. Victor in the twelfth century at “A Sacrifice of Praise:  Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life,” the 42nd Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance StudiesConference Read More

Crèches from Mexico featured in bilingual exhibit and pilgrimage

Author: Meg Mirshak

Christmas nativity scenes crafted by artists in Mexico are on display in six Notre Dame campus buildings Nov. 29 through Jan. 28. The fourth annual International Crèche Exhibit and Pilgrimage features 32 crèches on loan from the Marian Library at the University of Dayton. Read More

Arts and Letters faculty and students to participate in Vatican meeting on nuclear disarmament

Author: Amanda Skofstad

Working to advance the mission of the Church in service of development, peace, and disarmament, attendees will address such topics as the July 2017 United Nations treaty banning nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons and the environment, and the role of Church and civil society in promoting disarmament. The speakers and panelists include Nobel Prize winners, senior diplomats, and leaders from the United Nations and NATO, as well as academic experts and religious leaders. Read More

A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth | Celia Deane-Drummond

Author: Allison Collins

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Celia Deane-Drummond, A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017). 

This book serves as an introduction to the burgeoning field of ecothology, illustrating both its variety and its commonality across different Christian theological divides. Some of the questions addressed in this short book include the following: How can the Bible still make sense in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss? Who on earth is Jesus Christ, and what does he mean for us in today's world? How can Christians be faithful to their traditions while responding to pressing calls to be engaged in environmental activism? What is the relationship between theory and practice, and local as well as global demands, and how is this relationship expressed in different ecclesial settings? How can we encourage each other to develop a sense of the earth as divine gift? Written in clear, accessible style, this book walks readers through difficult concepts and shows the way different sources in Christian theology have responded to one of the most significant cultural issues of our time. Read More

Land O’Lakes and its legacy: A lecture and panel on Catholic higher education

Author: Shane Ulbrich

Leaders of Catholic higher education became convinced in the late 1960s that the Catholic universities and colleges they oversaw had to change. Academic standards had to improve. Research needed a boost. But the traditions of Catholicism still had to be handed down to rising generations of the faithful. Read More

Video: William Mattison on virtue ethics, moral theology, and the Sermon on the Mount

Author: Todd Boruff

“What difference can faith make for morality when people today recognize that people of various or no faith can live a virtuous, honorable, moral life?” asked William Mattison, associate professor of theology in the College of Arts and Letters. Mattison is a Catholic moral theologian with particular interest in virtue. His latest book, The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology: A Virtue Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the approach to morality that Jesus presents in Chapters 5-7 of the Gospel of St. Matthew and compares it to conceptions of happiness found in the works of classical philosophers such as Cicero and Aristotle. Read More

New director appointed for Catholic initiatives in London

Author: NDI-News

Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C., a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, has been appointed director for Catholic initiatives and outreach at the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway by Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization. Read More

Opening and Blessing of the Villa in Rome

Author: Costanza Montanari

Light pink walls, an original “nasone” fountain, a beautiful garden with wood benches, 21 suite bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining area, laundry room, student activity center, and a roof top terrace are only a part of the newly restored Villa, the student residential space just two blocks away from the Rome Global Gateway, on the Celio Hill in Rome. Read More

Justin Bartkus, Inaugural Rector of the Villa at Rome Global Gateway

Author: Costanza Montanari

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Justin is from South Bend and he received his Bachelor’s degree with a major in theology and a minor in peace studies in 2010. After getting a master’s degree in theological studies from Notre Dame, Justin taught high school theology and guided retreats for two fantastic years at Benet Academy, a prep school near Chicago. In July 2017, Justin agreed to become the rector of the Notre Dame Villa in Rome, which houses undergraduates studying abroad here. Among his responsibilities are establishing a ministry of presence among all Notre Dame undergraduates studying in Rome, nurturing the growth of Christian faith and community among them, and designing events that provide for the spiritual, social, and academic needs of students at the Villa. Read More

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology | William C. Mattison III

Author: Allison Collins

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In this volume, William C. Mattison, III demonstrates that virtue ethics provides a helpful key for unlocking the moral wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount. Showing how familiar texts such as the Beatitudes and Petitions of the Lord's Prayer are more richly understood, and can even be aligned with the theological and cardinal virtues, he also locates in the Sermon classic topics in morality, such as the nature of happiness, intentionality, the intelligibility of human action, and the development of virtue. Yet far from merely placing the teaching of Aristotle in the mouth of Jesus, he demonstrates how the Sermon presents an account of happiness and virtue transformed in the light of Christian faith. The happiness portrayed is that of the Kingdom of heaven, and the habits needed to participate in it in the next life, but even initially in this one, are possible only by God's grace through Jesus Christ, and lived in the community that is the Church. Read More

Father Jenkins, Dean McGreevy reflect on 50th anniversary of Land O'Lakes Statement and the future of Catholic higher education

Author: Amanda Skofstad

In his opening remarks for “Land O’Lakes and Its Legacy,” on September 5, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., suggested that among the essential activities of a university is to engage in discussion and debate about what its proper activities are. The examination included a lecture and panel discussion with four other Catholic university presidents in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the drafting and signing of the Land O’Lakes Statement. Arts and Letters Dean John T. McGreevy opened the event with a talk on the historical contexts of Land O’Lakes. He pointed to the impact of Vatican II, shifts in university and faculty governance, and a more global Church as essential backdrops for understanding the intentions of Land O’Lakes. Read More

Theology and peace studies professor wins Luce Fellowship for research on sub-Saharan Africa

Author: Tom Coyne

Fr. Emmanuel Katongole, a Notre Dame associate professor of theology and peace studies, will spend a year studying three predominant forms of violence in sub-Saharan Africa after being named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2017–2018, one of six scholars selected from members of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Katongole will begin a yearlong study in January aimed at looking at ethnic, religious, and ecological violence in African countries south of the Sahara. Read More

Catholic university presidents to reflect on 50-year Land O’Lakes legacy

Author: Amanda Skofstad

The University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, in collaboration with the Office of the President, will host five Catholic university presidents on Sept. 5 for a lecture and panel to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the drafting and signing of the Land O’Lakes Statement. Read More

PLS and theology professor wins award for research on influential Catholic thinker

Author: Brian Wallheimer

An examination of one of the 20th century’s most important Catholic theologians has garnered a significant honor for Jennifer Newsome Martin, an assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies. She is one of 10 people worldwide to receive the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, presented by the University of Heidelberg’s Forschungszentrum für Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie for outstanding doctoral or first post-doctoral works in the area of God and spirituality. Read More

Notre Dame to host photographic exhibition of papal visits to the Holy Land

Author: Joya Helmuth

The University of Notre Dame and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest are pleased to present “Building Bridges of Faith,” a photographic depiction of papal visits to the Holy Land. Forty-four photographs of four visits by Blessed Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis are included in the exhibition at the Hesburgh Library on the Notre Dame campus. The exhibit will be on display until December 9, 2017 and is organized by Notre Dame International. Read More

Theology professors archive the rise of the contemporary Latin American Catholic Church

Author: Brandi Klingerman

To preserve and share the history of political upheaval that ultimately changed the Latin American Catholic Church, Notre Dame researchers are collecting a variety of audio recordings, handwritten documents, and texts to develop a digital library of critical events that took place throughout Latin America over more than 60 years and ultimately changed the Catholic Church. Read More