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Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC (STL 2008), will be the featured speaker at a Mercy & Mary Retreat on August 24 and 25 at Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville, Virginia. Schedule and registration information is available online.

Fr. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P. (STB ’14; MDiv ’15; STL ’16), and Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P. (STB ’14; MDiv ’15; STL ’16), will conduct a Gregorian chant retreat June 25-28 at Weathersfield House in Amenia, New York. Application is available online.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk O.P. (MDiv, STB ’06; STL ’09), is Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Canon Law at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University. He was interviewed by the Catholic Herald, Magazine of the Diocese of Sacramento, regarding natural disasters – whether God sends them, whether God is indifferent to suffering, and how good can come out of tragic events.

Saint Benedict Press has released Credo, a groundbreaking RCIA video program that carefully teaches catechumens the key tenets of the Faith. The accompanying guide book walks candidates through the course, introduces them to the treasures of the Catholic faith, and is a valuable reference during their formation and beyond. Faculty and alumni authors and contributors include Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., Fr. Raymund Snyder, O.P., Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P., and Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P.

Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P., will join the faculty of Providence College as an Assistant Professor of Physics.

Fr. Louis Bertrand Lemoine, O.P., and Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., were interviewed about their podcast, “Kentucky Thomism,” for the Archdiocese of Louisville’s weekly newspaper, The Record.

Catholic Answers Press has announced a partnership with Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) to publish her conversion memoir; her new book is due in print this time next year. Dr. Goldstein was also recently quoted in a Washington Post news analysis on “the changing shape of sex scandals.” She recently interview the members of the band They Might Be Giants for Angelus, the weekly magazine of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

In Catholic World Report, alumnus Fr. Peter Stravinskas (STL ’88) reviewed The Grace to be Priest, written by his former teacher here, Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P. (STB ’70; STL ’72).

Following the resignation, for health reasons, of Archbishop Stefan Soroka of the Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Most Rev. Andriy Rabiy (MDiv ’02), Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy, was named its apostolic administrator.

Mrs. Ever Johnson (MA ’13) talked about the business and ministry of Leesburg’s Trinity House Café in a an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan celebrated Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan, marking the centenary of that church and 150 years of Dominican parish ministry on Manhattan’s East Side. Fr. Walter Wagner, O.P. (MDiv ’92, STL ’94), pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena parish, was quoted at length in an article in Catholic New York about the anniversary.

Most Rev. J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., Assistant (Adjunct) Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the homily for the Angelicum’s Mass for the Feast of St. Aquinas, held at SS. Dominic and Sixtus Church in Rome.

In America, Fr. Ireneusz Ekiert, O.SS.T. (MDiv 1999), the administrator of Mary Help of Christians Church in Parkland, Florida, discussed how he is ministered in a parish community which was impacted by the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, just one mile away.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB ‘06; STL ‘09), Chairman of the Department of Pastoral Studies and Assistant Professor of Canon Law at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, commented on provision of general absolution in the National Catholic Reporter. The story focuses on Bishop Larry Silva’s general absolution to a congregation during the recent ballistic missile attack scare in Hawaii.

In an article for Catholic News Agency, Fr. Thomas Morrow (STL ’89), author of Overcoming Sinful Anger, examined how sinful anger can destroy the relationships of married couples, and how “it is important to know how to express anger or displeasure in an effective and positive way.” Fr. Morrow was recently a guest on EWTN’s Morning Glory radio show, where he discussed the issue further.

Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P. (STB ’70; STL ’72, STM ’13) was interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez in Aleteia about his new book, The Grace to Be a Priest. Lopez writes, “While directed to and concentrated on the life of the priest, some of Fr. Cessario’s emphases would be of wise benefit to anyone of every vocation in the Church.”

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, STL ’14).

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. 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. 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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