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Sister Cecilia Anne Wanner, O.P., has been appointed as the 13th President of Aquinas College, Nashville. Sister received her MA in Thomistic Studies in 2018.

Cluny Media has published a collection of homilies by Most Rev. J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. (STB ’69, STL ’71). The homilies in Grace in Season: The Riches of the Gospel in the Seventy Sermons are arranged by the liturgical year. Archbishop Di Noia was interviewed about the book by Catholic News Agency.

Dr. John-Mark Miravalle (STL ’04) discussed the ideas in his recent book Beauty: What It Is and Why It Matters in the Catholic Culture podcast.

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB 2006; STL 2009), explained the Church’s practice of refusing to admit pro-abortion politicians to Holy Communion in in an opinion piece in the Catholic Herald.

Fr. Ken Sicard, O.P., (MDiv, STB ’89) has been named as the next president of Providence College. He succeeds Fr. Brian Shanley, O.P. (MDiv, STB 1986; STL 1998), who was the College’s longest-serving president.

Fr. Patrick Briscoe, O.P., and Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P., have started a podcast called “Godsplaining.” In the premiere episode, they discuss the purpose of apologetics.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ’10, STB ’13, STL ’14) gave the annual Edith Stein Guild lecture at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. The title of Dr. Goldstein’s talk was “Sponsa Christi: What Edith Stein Taught Me About the Mystery of Spiritual Motherhood.”

Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, O.P. (MDiv, STB 2006; STL 2009), Chair of Pastoral Studies Department at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, was interviewed in a Catholic News Service documentary on challenges to the seal of confession. Both Fr. Pietrzyk and Fr. Gary Selin (MA 1999), formator and professor at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver were interviewed for a Catholic News Agency Newsroom podcast on the sacrament.

A Living Sacrifice: Guidance for Men Discerning Religious Life, was recently published by Vianney Vocations. Co-written by Fr. Andrew Hofer, O.P. (MDiv ’01, STL ’02), and Fr. Benedict Croell (MDiv ’98), O.P., the book is intended as a guide for young men who are thinking about religious life, regardless of the particular community. Fr. Hofer and Fr. Croell were interviewed about the book by Catholic World Report.

Fr. Peter Stravinskas’ (STL ’88) homily for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, given at New York City’s Church of the Holy Innocents, has been published online at Catholic World Report.

On May 25, six Dominican friars were ordained to the priesthood by Most Rev. Robert Barron at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: Antoninus Samy, O.P. (STB 2018, MDiv 2019), John Paul Kern, O.P. (STB 2018, MDiv 2019), Joseph Martin Hagan, O.P. (STB 2017, MDiv 2019, STL 2019), Norbert Keliher, O.P. (STB 2018, MDiv 2019), John Mark Solitario, O.P. (STB 2018, MDiv 2019), and Paul Mary Clarke, O.P. (STB 2018, MDiv 2019)

The priestly ordination of Fr. Matthew Holladay, MIC (MDiv 2018), took place at St. Louis Bertrand Church in Louisville on May 11. His first Mass was held at that church the following day.

Mr. Juan María Mas Feijóo, S.J.S. (MA in Theology 2019), a seminarian of the Saint John Society, was ordained to the diaconate on May 18 by Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. The ordination took place in St. Mary’s Parish in Corvallis.

Fr. Benedict Olusegun Faneye, O.P. (MDiv ’94), has been appointed chaplain at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Residence, and Central Maine Medical Center, all in Lewiston, Maine.

Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. (MDiv ’94), was profiled in an article and accompanying video for Catholic News Service, on his mission as an itinerant preacher.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ’10, STB ’13, STL ’14) shared her opinion of Pope Francis’ recent comments on a female diaconate, in an article for Crux.

Fr. Sebastian White, O.P. (MDiv 2012, STL 2014), was interviewed on EWTN’s The Journey Home. Baptized Catholic, he worshipped in Assembly of God, Evangelical Free, and Anglican congregations before returning he was helped to see the beauty and reasonableness of the Catholic tradition. Into the interview, he also shares what led him to the Dominican Order, and some facets about his work as editor-in-chief of Magnificat.

In an article in Crux, Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P. (MDiv, STV 2009), professor of moral theology at the Angelicum, commented on a recent AI symposium in Rome in which he participated. The symposium was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

At Providence College, eleven Dominican friars serve as chaplains to all 14 residence halls – saying Mass, offering advice to students, and helping residents cope with a fellow student’s sudden death.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein has written a memoir of her amazing journey of faith. Sunday Will Never be the Same: A Rock & Roll Journalist Opens Her Ears to God is now available for order from online retailers such as Catholic Answers (the book’s publisher) and Amazon.

Fr. Patrick Briscoe, O.P. (STB ‘15, MDiv ‘16), is Associate Pastor at St. Pius V Church in Providence. In an article for Aleteia, he wrote about the presences of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney at the SEEK 2019 Conference.

In the wake of the announcement of the first gene-edited babies, microbiologist and bioethicist Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. (MDiv ’03, STL ’05), considered the ethics of using the molecular editing tool CRISPR, in an article in First Things.

Writing in Catholic Digest, Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, O.P. (MA ’02; MDiv ’06), answers the question of a grandmother who wants to teach her grandchildren how to keep Advent sacred.

Fr. Ezra Sullivan, O.P. (MDiv/STB ’09, STL ’11), Associate Professor at the Angelicum, has taken part in panel discussions sponsored by Humanity 2.0. He’s discussed artificial intelligence with Linkedin Chief Data Office Igor Persic; and with Persic and CNN correspondent Delia Gallagher, has discussed the topic “Human Progress – Is humanity progressing?

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ’10, STB ’13, STL ’14) was interviewed by Marcus Grodi for EWTN’s “Journey Home.” The program is available online. Dr. Goldstein says, “Our conversation ranges from the sublime (my conversion) to the serious (healing from abuse) to the ridiculous (Zager & Evans).”

Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. (MDiv & STB ’85; STL ’87), talks about his 20 years as Editor of the English North American version of Magnificat in a story in Aleteia. Fr. Cameron is now Director of Formation & Ecclesiastical Liaison for the national youth ministry Hard as Nails.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, M.I.C. (STL ’08), was interviewed for the EWTN program “Life on the Rock,” regarding his book 33 Days to Morning Glory, Marian devotion, and his priestly vocation.

Among those addressing the current revelations and allegations of clerical abuse and cover-up are:

In advance of the USCCB’s general assembly, Jayd Hendricks (STL ’05) wrote an open letter to the bishops, in First Things. Hendricks is a former senior staffer at the USCCB and is currently Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships at The Augustine Institute.

Dr. Ralph Martin (STL ’09), president of Renewal Ministries, addressed the issue in an open letter, “Dear Troubled Catholics,” and elaborated on it on the Patrick Coffin Show.

Dr. Dawn Eden Goldstein (MA ‘10, STB ‘13, STL ‘14) wrote an op-ed in the UK Catholic Herald, sharing her view that in the wake of the allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, members of the USCCB owe it to the faithful to do collegial penance. She has appeared on EWTN News Nightly to discuss the abuse crisis and how survivors may find healing, and was quoted at the end of a CNN article. She was also interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez for the Aleteia article, “Abuse survivor has a message for other victims: You are not alone” and for the Catholic Standard.

Theology professor and Thomistic Institute Director Fr. Dominic Legge, O.P. (MDiv ’06; STB ’07; STL ’08; faculty), offered five points as a remedy in an article in First Things.

Fr. Timothy Vaverek (STL ’91) contributes to the online column The Catholic Thing. His recent articles include, “Weathering the Storm,” “The Deeper Crisis: Abuse of Authority,” and “Rome Failed on McCarrick – and Needs to Change.” Fr. Vaverek is a priest of Diocese of Austin.

Mr. Thomas Peters (STB ’09) contributes to CatholicVote, where his latest column is, “If the US Bishops Don’t Fear God, They Should Fear the Government.”

Fr. Peter Stravinskas (STL ’88) is a contributor to Catholic World Report, which has published September 9 homily at Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan, “The Plague of Infidelity and the Current Crisis.”

Rev. Jordan Lenaghan, O.P. (MDiv ’94, STL ’96), Executive Director of University Religious Life at Quinnipiac University, spoke about the issue to BU Today.

Fr. Jonathan Kalisch, O.P. (MDiv, STB ’02), is the Director of Chaplains and Spiritual Development for the Knights of Columbus. He was interviewed about his role during the 136th Supreme Convention in Baltimore.

Fr. Reginald Whitt, O.P. (STB ’74, former president) was interviewed by the Catholic Review about his path to the Catholic Church. Fr. Whitt is currently staff canonist in the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

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.

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).

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