News From the Chair - November 2013

Dr Susan K Wood SCL

News From the Chair shares highlights of recent activities, awards, publications, and accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty of the Department of Theology.

Susan K. Wood, SCL, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology
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Rev. Robert Doran, S.J. Receives Honorary Degree

Rev. Robert Doran, S.J. gave the Convocation Address and received an honorary degree at the Convocation of University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, November 2, 2013.

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL Honored by Milwaukee Archbishop

Dr. Susan Wood, SCL received the Archbishop's Vatican II Award for Service in Ecumenism October 22, 2013. Since its inception in 1991, the Archbishop's Vatican II Awards for Distinguished Service have honored deserving Catholics within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who contribute to the vitality and spiritual life of the church. Each award spotlights an aspect of service that reveals a vision for the church of the Second Vatican Council.

Faculty Publications

Rev. William Kurz, S.J., “Mary, Woman and Mother in God’s Saving New Testament Plan,” Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 11, No. 3 (2013): 801–18. 

Dr. Ulrich Lehner, Monastic Prisons and Torture Chambers. Crime and Punishment in Central European Monasteries, 1600-1800. Cascade Books (2013), 120pp.

Dr. Mickey Mattox, Translation with historical introduction and notes. Iohannes Oecolampadius: An Exposition of Genesis. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2013. 207 pages; “Retrieving Luther?” Pro Ecclesia XXII:3 (2013): 337-51; “Order in the House? The Reception of Luther’s Orders Teaching in Early Lutheran Genesis Commentaries.” In Reformation and Renaissance Review 14:2 (2012): 110-26; review of Matthew Levering, Predestination: Biblical and Theological Paths (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011); Nova et Vetera 11:3 (Summer 2013): 944-8; Review of Christine Helmer, The Global Luther: A Theologian for Modern Times (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009), Ecclesiology 9 (2013): 266-70.

Dr. Joseph Ogbonnaya, "Lonergan and Integral Development," Irish Theological Quarterly Vol. 78 No. 4, (2013): 351-367.

Dr. Andrei Orlov, Heavenly Priesthood in the Apocalypse of Abraham (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), ISBN 978-1-1070-3907-0.

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J., “Contingency and the Giftedness of Creation: Enacting Grace in a Fractured World,” To Discern Creation in a Scattering World, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 262, ed. Frederiek Depoortere and Jacques Haers, (Leuven: Peeters Press 2013), 31-42.

Dr. Jame Schaefer, “Animals” in New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement 2012-13, vol. 1, ed. Robert L. Fastiggi (Gale 2013 ), 74-76.

Faculty Activities

Dr. Ulrich Lehner was invited to join the editorial advisory board of the new book series "Enlightenment and Religion" of the University of Delaware Press.

Rev. Bryan Massingale presented “Race, Sex, and the Catholic Church,” at the annual meeting of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium at Bellarmine University (Louisville), on October 5, 2013. Rev. Massingale delivered the keynote address at the 7th Annual “Race, Families, and Milwaukee” Summit sponsored by Aurora Healthcare Family Services at the Italian Community Center on October 30, 2013.  The title was “Can Faith Heal Milwaukee? Race, Racism, and the Role of Faith Communities.”

Rev. Philip Rossi, S.J. presented “Building Bridges and Crossing Boundaries: Philosophy, Theology, and the Interruptions of Transcendence,” Templeton Foundation Conference on “Philosophical Perspectives on Theological Realism,” Mainz, Germany, September 2013; “Liturgy as Sacramental Mystery: Incarnating Grace in the Worldly Spaces of Contingency,” Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology XI: Mediating Mysteries, Understanding Liturgy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, October 2013.

Dr. Jame Schaefer presented “Converting From a Carbon Economy: Why Resorting to Nuclear Generated Electricity is Imprudent and Unjust,” Sustainability and Discipleship Interest Group, Catholic Theological Society of America, Miami, June 7, 2013; and “Advancing the Collaboration of Religious and Conservation Biology Communities” in Symposium on the Impact of Animal Release on Biodiversity and Human Health, International Congress for Conservation Biology, Baltimore, July 22, 2013; and “Anthropogenic Climate Change, the Principle of Subsidiarity, and the Church,” Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corner, October 4, 2013.  

Graduate Students Receive Awards

Paul Monson received the Charles M. Ross Trust Scholarship for 2013-14 ($3,000).

Paul Pasquesi has, for the second year in a row, received a $10,000 "Leadership Award" from the Glen View Club Scholars Foundation plus a $5,000 scholarship from the Daniel L. and Ada L. Rice Foundation. The Foundation Board granted the scholarship based on Paul's record of accomplishment at school,  community service, work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and maturity/ leadership skills.

Graduate Student Publications

Andy Alexis-Baker, Yoder, John Howard. Revolutionary Christian Citizenship. Edited by John Nugent, Andy Alexis-Baker, and Branson Parler. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 2013; “Jesus in the Temple: Remembering other Creatures.” The Mennonite, (October, 2013): 25–27.

J. D. Atkins, "Reassessing the Origins of Deuteronomic Prophecy: Early Moses Traditions in Deuteronomy 18:15-22," Bulletin for Biblical Research 23.3 (2013): 323-41.

Ryan Hemmer, book chapter: "Breaking Forth From Form's Interior: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Aesthetics of St. Thomas Aquinas" in Christopher Ben Simpson and Steven D. Cone, ed. Theology in the Present Age: Essays in Honor of John D. Castelein. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, (2013): 52-72.

Paul Monson, “Monastic Evangelization? The Sacramental Vision of America’s Early Benedictine Monks.” American Catholic Studies 124, no. 3 (2013): 1-16; “Useful Monks: The Idea of Utility in Early American Benedictine Monasticism.” The Downside Review 131, no. 463 (April 2013): 69-86.

Eugene Schlesinger, "Fire in the Water: Baptismal Aptness and Ecology in the Petrine Epistles," Journal of Theological Interpretation 7 no. 2 (Fall 2013): 275-294.

Graduate Student Presentations

Jonathan Heaps, “Stories of the God Who Remains: An Essay in Theology and Literature” at Religion, Literature, and the Arts Conference, September 28, 2013, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Ryan Hemmer, "Pulchritude and the Political: The Aesthetic Transcendental Predication in the Scale of Values" at “Lonergan on the Edge” conference, September 21, 2013.

Darren Henson presented a webinar on the Common Good as part of a 10-part series entitled "Catholic Social Practices and the Health Care Setting" offered by Catholic Health East and Trinity Health, September 18, 2013. Darren has also begun service as an elected member to the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Alexandre Martins, "Drug Addiction: A Challenge to Moral Theology" at the XXXVII Congress of Moral Theology, September 4, 2013, São Paulo, Brazil.

Kellen Plaxco, “Didymus the Blind’s Reception of Origen on ‘Participation’,” Origeniana Undecima International Conference, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, August 26–30, 2013. Plaxco has an accepted proposal for “Transforming Participation: Didymus the Blind’s Use of a Platonic Concept,” Plato and Neoplatonism Group (Douglas Hedley and John Kenney, Co-Chairs), American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Saturday, November 23, 2013, Baltimore, MD.

Eric Szatkowski, "The Real World of Social Media" and "The Dark Side of Digital Technology" St. Monica, Whitefish Bay, WI, September 9, 2013, Collaborative Gathering for Immanuel Lutheran and St. Agnes, Butler, WI, October 17, 2013, and Saint Mary’s Springs, Fond du Lac, WI, October 28, 2013.



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Marquette Lonergan Project Fall Colloquium and Doerr Chair Lecture: "Doing Catholic Systematic Theology in a Multireligious World"
Nov. 7-8, 2013, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Suites B/C (see flyer)

"Renewing the Liturgy, Revitalizing the Church: The Vatican II Reforms at 50" A lecture series celebrating Vatican II.
Nov. 13, 2013, 7 p.m., Gesu Upper Church (see flyer)


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