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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

Notre Dame to Host Conference on the Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Before he was Pope Benedict XVI, before he was a cardinal and a Vatican bureaucrat, and before he was archbishop of Munich, the German priest and professor Joseph Ratzinger taught theology at the Universities of Freising, Bonn, Munster, Tubingen, and Regensburg, served as a theological consultant at the Second Vatican Council and wrote several widely acclaimed and influential books of theology. Touching on nearly every imaginable theological topic, that career, uninterrupted and even magnified by the theologian’s election to the papacy, will be the subject of a conference, God is Love: Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, to be held at the University of Notre Dame March 25–27 (Sunday–Tuesday). Read More

Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame Expands Research Resources

Author: Joanna Basile

In preserving and developing the intellectual and literary traditions of the Greco-Roman world, in fashioning eastern orthodox Christianity, and in defining the notion of a Christian empire that was a center of intellectual and commercial trade, the Byzantine Empire was one of the great formative cultures in European history. Although its rule ended in 1453 C.E., Byzantium’s influence was far from over, and the University’s Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame initiative continues to explore this influential period in medieval history. Read More

Kathleen Sprows Cummings Appointed Director of Cushwa Center

Author: Michael O. Garvey

Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American Studies, has been appointed director of the University of Notre Dame’s Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. Announcing the appointment, John McGreevy, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, praised Cummings as “one of the country’s most accomplished scholars of American Catholicism.” Read More

Theology Graduate Student Joseph Khalil Wins Essay Prize

Author: Chris Milazzo

Joseph S. Khalil, a Ph.D. student in the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, has won the 2011-12 Word & World Essay Prize for Doctoral Candidates. The prize is sponsored by Word & World: Theology for Christian Ministry, a quarterly journal published by Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn. Khalil’s essay, “Qoheleth and the Overconfident Preacher,” will be published in the journal’s summer 2012 issue. Read More