Archives » May 2012

Theologian Tzvi Novick Appointed to Abrams Chair

Author: Kate Cohorst

Notre Dame Assistant Professor Michael (Tzvi) Novick has been appointed Abrams College Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture in the College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theology. Novick holds both a Ph.D. and a J.D. from Yale University. His scholarship ranges across a broad spectrum of themes and genres in late antiquity: from rabbinic law and ethics, to liturgical poetry, to narratological analysis of biblical and Second Temple Judaism texts. Read More

Music historian and liturgical scholar Margot Fassler wins three research awards

Author: Joanna Basile

Art. Sacred music. Medieval history. And the digital humanities. Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Notre Dame, brings them all together in her current research on Hildegard of Bingen — research for which she has been recently awarded fellowships from both the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Read More

ND Expert: Assessing the assessment of Catholic female religious

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Last week, the Vatican charged the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization that represents most of America’s Catholic nuns, with “serious doctrinal problems” and announced plans to place LCWR into a sort of receivership overseen by three American bishops.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, said she understands why so many American Catholics have been “flabbergasted” by the decision. Read More

Theology Alumnus Strives for Social Justice

Author: Jordan Gamble

During his time at Notre Dame, Tom Hampson ’71, ’73 M.A., thought he would become a photographer, a mathematician, or a marine biologist. He never expected to be able to turn his passion for social justice—or his two College of Arts and Letters degrees in theology—into a career. But that is exactly what he has done during nearly 30 years at Church World Service, a career that has taken the Elkhart, Ind., resident to more than two dozen countries around the world. Read More

Timothy Matovina named Executive Director of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Cohorst

José E. Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, has been appointed to lead the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). As the new director of ILS, he will hold the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies.


Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, will serve as executive director of the institute, which is housed in the College of Arts and Letters. Both appointments take effect July 1. Read More

ND theologian Rev. Daniel Groody, C.S.C., receives 2012 Touchstone Award

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C., associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, has received the 2012 Touchstone Award from the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC).

The NFPC annually gives the Touchstone Award to a Catholic priest “whose service in the Gospel of Jesus Christ exemplifies the purposes and goals of the Federation.” Read More

Teaching awards honor exemplary work with undergraduates

Author: Shannon Chapla

The 20 winners of Joyce teaching excellence awards represent faculty who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Faculty committees in each of seven disciplinary areas review the peer and student nominations. Read More

Forty-Two to Graduate from Aquinas Institute of Theology on May 11

Author: Lauren Fox

(ST. LOUIS) Aquinas Institute of Theology will confer graduate degrees and graduate certificates on 42 men and women at a 7:00 pm commencement at St. Francis Xavier College Church (Saint Louis University) on Friday, May 11, 2012. The commencement is open to the public.

Of the 42 students graduating, 5 will receive a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in Preaching; 12 will receive Masters of Divinity (M.Div.), Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Theology, or both; 6 will receive a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.); 7 will receive a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; 13 will receive graduate certificates in Spiritual Direction, and 2 will receive graduate certificates in Biblical Studies. Read More