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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?

Fr. Benedict Olusegun Faneye, O.P. (MDiv ’94), has been appointed as parochial vicar of Stella Maris Parish, St. Joseph Parish, and Parish of the Transfiguration of the Lord in the Diocese of Portland, Maine.

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.

Rev. Anthony Ignatius Cataudo, O.P. (STB ’52, STL ’54), died on November 17 at the age of 86. He had been a priest for 58 years.

Three Dominicans have joined the faculty of Providence College this fall: Fr. Thomas Davenport, O.P., as Assistant Professor of Physics; Fr. Humbert Kilanowski, O.P, as Assistant Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science, and Fr. Isaac Morales, O.P, as Assistant Professor of Theology.

Most Rev. Christopher Cardone, O.P. (MDiv, STB ’85), visited the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey. While there, he blessed the cornerstone for the new wing of the monastery.

Several non-Dominican alumni were ordained to the priesthood over the summer. Kingsley Ogbuji, SSJ (MA, MDiv ’18), was ordained by Bishop John Ricard, SSJ, on May 19th. Gabriel Cillo, MIC (MDiv/STB ’17) was ordained by Bishop Martin Holley on June 9, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Joseph Lappe MIC (MDiv ’18) was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Walter Nickless on July 28, in his hometown of Willey, Iowa (population 100).

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

Rev. Carl Nicola Gismondi, F.S.S.P. (STL ’08), has been named Pastor of St. Mary Quasi-Parish in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Bishop Michael William Fisher will celebrate Mass for the formal installation of Revered Hyacinth Marie Cordell, O.P. (MDiv, STB ’09), as Pastor of St. Dominic Church in Washington at 10:30am on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Mass will be followed by a celebration of the 99th anniversary of the dedication of St. Dominic Church.

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. 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.

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