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After nearly twenty years as Editor-in-Chief of the American edition of Magnificat, Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. (MDiv & STB ‘85, STL ‘87), will be stepping down. He will be succeeded by Rev. Sebastian White, O.P. (MDiv ’12). 

Thomas Aquinas College published an interview with Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) on their website, Dr. Goldstein had lectured at the college in September 2017.

Arina Grossu (MA ’08) wrote a tribute to the late faculty member, Fr. Francis Martin, for the National Catholic Register.

Fr. Christopher M. Saliga, O.P., R.N. (MDiv ’04, MA ’05) will give a lecture entitled “Excellent End-of-Life Care” on 7 January 2018 at 12:15pm in Kyte Hall, Room B, St. Vincent Ferrer Church, River Forest, Ilinois. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend.

Fr. Cajetan Cuddy, O.P. (MDiv ’12, STL ’14), discussed John of St. Thomas and the English translation of Gifts of the Holy Spirit with Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review. The book is available from Cluny Media.

Genevieve Plaster (MA ’13), Senior Policy Analyst at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, was on EWTN’s Pro-Life Weekly to discuss the Institute’s research showing that eight health insurance carriers which offer plans in five state exchanges are not disclosing abortion coverage in their summaries, as required by HHS.

Farmer Jonathan Elliott (MA ’15) was quoted in the Arlington Catholic Herald, regarding pasture-raised turkeys and the benefits of buying from a family farm.

Writing in Our Sunday Visitor, Mrs. Lauren Simms (STB ’16 & current student) takes on the hypothetical challenge to pro-lifers which has been circulating through Twitter – in a burning fertility clinic, which would you save: a 5-year-child, or a container with 1,000 cryogenically preserved embryos?

Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek (STL ’91), a priest of the Diocese of Austin, writes at the website The Catholic Thing. His most recent article is “Killing, Adultery, and the Church’s Witness to Christ.”

Fr. Jordan Lenaghan, O.P. (MDiv ’94, STL ’96), Executive Director of University Religious Life at Quinnipiac University, helped to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of Quinnipiac’s new Catholic chapel and Center for Religion. An article in the New Haven Register quotes Fr. Lenaghan: “You can’t open a newspaper and not find a raft of stories for which there isn’t a religious dimension…Where do you go to be able to understand those events? That requires religious literacy.”

Each year, the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities hold a Celebration of Teaching luncheon at which time each of the eighteen institutions honors outstanding teachers. Fr. Paul Keller, O.P. (MDiv ’92, STL ’94), is this year’s recipient representing The Athenaeum of Ohio / Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. Fr. Keller is also the author of 101 Questions & Answers on the Sacraments of Healing: Penance and Anointing as well as A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and Saint Thomas Aquinas and is currently producing a new book:  A Year with the Eucharist.

Fr. Athanasius Murphy, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), Promoter of the Rosary Confraternity, discussed the Confraternity on EWTN radio’s Morning Glory program.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) and Dr. Robert Fastiggi of Sacred Heart Major Seminary wrote an article for Vatican Insider in which they propose that a contested passage of Amoris laetitia has a significantly different meaning in Latin than it does in the official English translation. This has been followed up by a second article in which they claim that critics of Amoris laetitia are ignoring guidelines for faithful theological discourse published in Donum veritatis in 1990 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Dr. Goldstein shared her conversion story on the Eric Metaxas Show – listen to part 1 or part 2.

The first book by Fr. Thaddaeus Lancton, M.I.C. (MDiv, STV ‘16), Stepping on the Serpent: The Journey of Trust with Mary, is now available. Fr. Lancton describes this journey of trust as the “project of his life,” saying, “Trust is that door which allows the Lord to enter into our hearts in the most difficult moments, in the most critical moments, and the most important moments. He enters into our hearts and transforms us.”

Fr. Chris Saliga, O.P. R.N. (MDiv ‘04, MA ‘05), Interim Director, Bioethics Branch of The Integritas Institute for Ethics, presented “Excellent End-of-Life Care via 4 Useful Distinctions” at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek, Illinois, The Integritas Institute is an educational department of the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Fr. Saliga recently presented “Autonomy, Freedom, and Physician Assisted Suicide: Human Flourishing within End-of-Life Contexts” at the University of Illinois-Chicago, College of Medicine West on 13 September. Audio of the talk is available. The event was sponsored by the UIC Catholic Medical Students’ Association, The Integras Institute for Ethics, and the St. John Paul II Newman Center at UIC. Fr. Chris has also spoken on “Excellent End-of-Life Care via Four Useful Distinctions” (audio).

Fr. Reginald Mary Lynch, O.P. (STB/MDiv ‘10; STL ‘12), has authored The Cleansing of the Heart: The Sacraments as Instrumental Causes in the Thomistic Tradition. The book is part of the Thomistic Ressourcement Series from CUA Press.

Very Rev. Andriy Rabiy (MDiv ‘02) was ordained Auxiliary Bishop for the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia and titular bishop of Germaniciana. Bishop Rabiy is the youngest Catholic bishop of the United States, and one of the youngest in the world. The episcopal ordination (video) took place on September 3 in St. George Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, in Bishop Rabiy’s hometown of Lviv. He was formally welcomed with his celebrating a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Philadelphia on September 24.

Elliot Milco (MA ‘13) is deputy editor of First Things. His most recent contributions to that publication’s online edition are “The Liberal Endgame,” “Searching for Ted Kaczynski,” and a review of Anselm Kiefer: A Monograph.

Fr. Joseph-Anthony Kress, O.P., Catholic chaplain to UVA (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), and Fr. Joseph Barranger, O.P., pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas (MDiv, STB ‘86; STL ‘88), discussed recent events in Charlottesville and healing in a Catholic News Service article.

The newest book by Fr. Donald Calloway, M.I.C. (MDiv, STB ‘02), has been released. In 26 Champions of the Rosary, Fr. Calloway “presents outstanding heroes whose trusting dependence on Our Lady and her rosary have brought peace and divine help to the world.”

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06; STL ‘09), is now the Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Canon Law at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California. The seminary, established in 1898, forms clergy primarily of the the western United States.

Fr. William Goldin (MA ‘10) successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the Angelicum. His thesis was entitled, “St. Thomas Aquinas and Supersessionism: A Contextual Study and Doctrinal Application.” As of July 1, Fr. Goldin, a priest of the Diocese of Orange, has been assigned to St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress, California.

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