News and Updates

Thursday, September 11, 2014

College of St. Benedict names an alumnus of GRE, Mary Hinton, as 15th President


Mary Dana Hinton became the 15th president of CSB on July 1, 2014 in St. Joseph, Minn. She received her Ph.D. in religious education from the Fordham University GSRRE, a Master of Arts degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Williams College. She most recently served as the vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. “I am humbled by the opportunity to lead an institution with such a powerful liberal arts tradition that is grounded in Benedictine values of the founding order,” Hinton said.

Hinton is the author of "The Commercial Church: Black Churches and the New Religious Marketplace in America." Her research is on African American religious history and religious education, and strategic planning and leadership. She has served on several national higher education boards: including the Association of General and Liberal Studies, the Religious Education Association, and the Mid-Atlantic Religion of the American Academy of Religion.  Here is more information on her celebrations.

Hinton and her husband, Robert Williams, have three children: Hallela, Hillel and Hosanna.

The inauguration of Mary Dana Hinton, Ph.D., as the 15th president of College of Saint Benedict will be Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.The events begin with an inauguration Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict's Monastery.


Monday, September 8, 2014

God, Christ, the Church, and Salvation C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., presenter

God, Christ, the Church, and Salvation
C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., presenter


Explore and deepen your understanding of essential doctrines and the Nicene Creed, and their relation to spiritual life and practice. 
Friday, Octoebr 17th 2014
10:00am to 1:00pm
Fordham Westchester Campus


Registration $100, Fordham Alumni $50, Current Graduate Religion Students FREE
Lunch to be provided

Vineyard Workers’ Workshops meet all standards for lay ministry certification through the National Association of Lay ministry!

To find out more information as to how you can earn CEUs for this and other workshops offered by the GRE, please contact your local parish or diocese.

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Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University.

A church historian and theologian, his research focuses on the intersection between three areas of concern: the
communication of the Gospel evangelization), how to reform the church, and the importance of an eschatological perspective for Christian life.

Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campus

Monday September 8, 2014 | 6:00pm

Tognino Hall | Rose Hill Campus | Fordham University | Bronx, NY


Donna Freitas, Ph.D., will discuss the findings of her research about students attitudes regarding hookup culture, sex, romance, and dating on college campuses today, and how a pervasive interest in spirituality fits into this mix. She will talk about the powerful--though often private--yearnings among men and women to find love during college despite the dominance of hookup culture, and the particular ways the Catholic tradition can respond to this yearning, as well as the desire for something other than hooking up during the college experience. 

Donna Freitas has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Her follow up title, The End of Sex, came out from Basic Books this past April. Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, and other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul as well as other research topics. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a non-resident Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Brooklyn. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dr. Beaudoin gives summer presentations in Holland, England and to new teachers in the Archdiocese of New York


This summer, GSRRE's Dr. Tom Beaudoin gave a number of talks and lectures in the US and in Europe.  Here is a partial summary of this busy summer.

GSRRE's Prof. Tom Beaudoin gave a presentation on Wednesday August 27th to high school religion teachers at the New York Archdiocese Summer Seminar in Manhattan, titled " 'But the Other Nine, Where Are They?' Declining Church Affiliation Among Teenagers".

This summer the Dutch magazine Kerk en Wereld published this story and picture, from the April conference in Zwolle for chaplains and pastoral workers that Dr. Beaudoin keynoted, "Beyond Dispossession," a conference based on themes from his 2008 book _Witness to Dispossession_.

GSRRE's Prof. Tom Beaudoin, associate professor of religion, gave a plenary address at a conference at Heythrop College in London on June 26. The conference, "Shaped By Beauty: Art, Religion, and Ethics in Conversation," was co-sponsored by Heythrop and by Fordham. Prof. Beaudoin's address is titled "Facilitating Life: An Ethic for Making Theological Sense of Music."

Fordham GRE/Maryknoll program trains new leaders for the Chinese church


Fordham GRE has had a long-standing relationship with Maryknoll to train nuns, priests and lay people to serve the church in China.  Here is a recent article about some of our graduatess from the program.  This Fall our program with Maryknoll continues with new students starting classes in September.  Click here for the related news story.

Monday, July 7, 2014

New certificate programs debut in Latino Ministry and Christian Spirituality


Two new advanced certificate programs have been added to the offerings at Fordham University, GSRRE.  Both programs will start in Fall 2014 and are available on campus or online.

The Advanced Certificate in Latino Ministry is a 12 credit, 4 course program for those interested in learning more about Latino Ministry in practice.  Entering students must have an Master's of Divinity or it's equivalent to apply.

The Advanced Certificate in Christian Spirituality is a new, 18 credit, certificate program open to anyone with a bachelor's degree.  The program was created to serve new demands for a program that helps students explore Christian Spirituality without a focus on spiritual direction(which is available as a separate program at GSRRE).  

For more information on these programs please visit www.fordham.edu/gre or call us at 718-817-4800.

Bishop Suriel completes Ph.D.


Bishop Suriel, a May 2014 Ph.D. Graduate of GSRRE, was featured in a recent news story about his research on Archdeacon Habib Girgis.