News and Updates: 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Twenty-Somethings and the Church? Lost? A Fordham Conference


THE FRANCES AND ANN CURRAN CENTER FOR AMERICAN CATHOLIC STUDIES
FORDHAM CENTER ON RELIGION AND CULTURE FORUM AND CONFERENCE
Twenty-Somethings and the Church - LOST?
FORUM
Friday, 28 January 2011 | 6 - 8 p.m.

CONFERENCE
Saturday, 29 January 2011 | 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pope Auditorium | Lincoln Center Campus
Have Young Catholics Lost Their Way?
Has the Church Lost Twenty-Somethings?
Has Our Culture Lost its Soul?

Twenty-somethings raised as Catholics are swelling the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated, yet many hold traditional beliefs about God and express spiritual yearnings and the desire to serve. This forum and conference will examine their fraught and often tenuous relationship with the Catholic Church.
Participants will explore the data, issues and dilemmas, as experienced in the cultural, economic and religious contexts of twenty-somethings—from sexuality to spirituality.

The speakers include leading experts and practitioners: James Davidson, Robert Putnam, Melissa Cidade, David Campbell, Carmen Cervantes, Donna Freitas, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Tom Beaudoin, Rachel Bundang, Bill McGarvey, Marilyn Santos, Tami Schmitz, James Martin, S.J., Rev. Robert Beloin, and twenty-somethings themselves.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All are welcome to attend the Friday forum, the Saturday conference, or both.
For complete conference agenda, times, topics and speakers, visit
www.fordham.edu/Lost

To register online, click here.
To RSVP: (718) 817-4457; lost@fordham.edu


Amongst the speakers will be our own, Dr. Thomas Beaudoin:


Tom Beaudoin is an associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University. His research explores the relationship between secular and spiritual practices, and he directs the rock and theology project for Liturgical Press, which has ten theologians researching the religious significance of popular music. He is interested in how 20-somethings put together their spiritual world through their musical habits.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Alumni Updates - December 2010 GSRRE

I am scheduled to teach at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine from Feb-Apr, 2011. Rev. Ivan Kaszczak, Ph.D.

Meghan Miller, MA 2001: I graduated from GSRRE in 2001 with a MA in Religious Education and a concentration in Pastoral Counseling. Since 2001, I have been working as a counselor with formerly homeless people at Pathways to Housing. In August 2009 I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. Recently, I began a blog on death and dying which can be found at www.docmeg.com.

Zeni Fox, Ph.D.: This year my edited volume, "Lay Ecclesial Ministry: Pathways Toward the Future" was published, Sheed and Ward/Rowman & Littlefield. I plan to attend the Lessons and CArols celebration in Fordham Chapel, as part of my Advent celebration.

GSRRE Ph.D. Alumna gives Plenary Session in Moscow


GSRRE PH.D. ALUM PRESENTS PLENARY SESSION AT INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW


DZINTRA ILISKO, Ph.D.’02, Associate Professor and Director of the Institute of Sustainable Education at Daugavpils University, presented a plenary session at the international conference “Education for Sustainable Development and Globalization: Implementation of UNESCO Strategy for the Second Half of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” held in Moscow, December 7-8, 2010.
The conference focused on exploring the achievements attained from the first half of the UN Decade, and on identifying future perspectives and initiatives. Dr. Ilisko described the process employed by the Institute of Sustainable Education in reorienting teacher education towards the aim of sustainable development. In 2010 the Institute was once again recognized by UNESCO as one of the few bright examples of successful and creative implementation of the aims of the UN Decade in higher education.
The conference took place in cooperation with the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A New Model For Pastoral Leadership - Dr. Robert Brancatelli on Entrepreneurial Discipleship


Dr. Robert Brancatelli, GSRRE Visiting Professor in Religious Education, has just completed a series of three lectures on Entrepreneurial Discipleship at Fordham campuses. In the Spring semester, he will offer a class on the same subject, once at the Rose Hill Campus, once at St. Francis Church on 31st Street. Both courses will be offered in an intensive weekend format.

Here is a brief clip from the lecture, the full lecture can be read by clicking here.



Now, I would like to ask you first of all to suspend disbelief before entering into a discussion about the possibilities for church and the marketplace. By that I mean that we in the church are accustomed to regard business as a dirty word. We often think of business as about making money, the bottom line, profit, and greed, which, as Ivan Boesky famously quipped, is “healthy.” In fact, I think the Gordon Gekko-Michael Douglas character says that “greed is good!”

We in the church often view business and money making as antithetical to Gospel values, to the message of salvation, and to our commitment to social and economic justice; that is, to the poor and dispossessed. Business and enterprise often exploit workers, pollute the environment, and are out to monopolize every market on the planet. In those cases where business does good—Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg establishing charitable foundations and pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into school systems—it is out of a sense of noblesse oblige or, worse, spin control. Even when business is seen in a neutral or favorable light, it still does something to one’s psyche and soul, or so the thinking goes.

To be fair, maybe these are exaggerations and we have a more nuanced, sophisticated understanding of business today—although I have personally heard people say all of those things. But the reality is that even though those accusations may be true in certain cases in certain situations at certain times, they do not hold true every time everywhere for everyone. For many people, whether they are small business owners or work for larger companies, business and enterprise give them a chance to follow their dreams, even to discover who and what they are. Especially with entrepreneurs, there is a desire to make a dream or an idea become reality.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spring 2011 at the Graduate School of Religion


There is still time to enroll in one of our school's master's or certificae programs for Spring 2011. Just call 718-817-4800 to speak to Asst. Dean Bill Madden about admission, or start your application at www.fordham.edu/gre. You can also view our course schedule there and find out more about our programs.

Applications for our Ph.D. an Doctor of Ministry programs are due by February 1st, 2011 for Fall 2011. Please contact us for more information.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Jesuits in Conversation


The Fordham University Jesuit community has debuted a new series of interviews between Jesuits in the community and Fr. Patrick Ryan, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham. The interviews are being released weekly on the University website and can be accessed here:

http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/eNewsroom/topstories_1995.asp

Entrepreneurial Discipleship Lecture Monday 11/29 at St. Francis Church


Please join us next Monday for an engagine lecture on a new wya of viewing our ministry in the Church. The details are below.

Entrepreneurial Discipleship

What entrepreneurial discipleship will entail is collective innovation—initiative and creativity that comes forth from the community responding to the call of Christ—
the kerygma…

Presented by:
Robert Brancatelli, Ph.D. and David Gautschi, Ph.D.
Dean Graduate School of Business
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education


Discover for yourself a “New Model” of the church!


7:30 pm Monday November 29
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 31st Street Manhattan


A Five-week course will be offered this Spring Semester 2011!

Saturdays at Rose Hill: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19

Saturdays at St. Francis of Assisi Church: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

The course will: (1) establish the need for a new model of pastoral leadership and ministry given the changing demographics of the church in the United States and the challenges of the global economic crisis, (2) identify an entrepreneurial spirit derived from business but congruent with evangelization and faith formation, and (3) offer new ways of being church that will meet the needs of people in the 21st century.

In Christifideles laici (no. 43), Pope John Paul II declared that the faithful have the responsibility “to raise up new forms of business enterprises and to look again at the systems of commerce, finance, and the exchange of technology.”

For more information visit www.fordham.edu/gre or call: 718-817-4800

GSRRE Alumna and Principal reports on flooding in St. Croix





We ask our GSRRE community to pray for those effected by recent flooding in the Caribbean. Elizabeth John-Baptiste, GSRRE alum, is principal of St. Patrick's school in St. Croiz, USVI. Here are some images of the devastation to the school.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fordham well represented at Religious Education Association Conference



Some of the twelve Fordham attendees at the annual REA conference (left to right): Carl Procario-Foley, Kieran Scott, Chuck Chesnavage, Bud Horell, Gloria Durka, Anta Filipsone, Kevin Sandberg.

Fordham faculty, alumni, and current students recently attended the annual conference of the Religious Education Association: An Association of Professors, Practitioners and Researchers in Religious Education in Denver, Colorado, November 7-9. The conference initiated many of our students more completely into the guild, and otherwise deepened friendships among colleagues in the discipline.

No program was better represented than Fordham’s PhD in Religious Education. Our entire core faculty was in attendance (John Elias, EdD; Gloria Durka, PhD; Kieran Scott, EdD; Bud Horell, PhD) and was supplemented by five current doctoral students (Chuck Chesnavage, Carl Procario-Foley, Elena Soto, Fred Abi-Hassoun, and Kevin Sandberg, CSC) and three alumni (Anta Filipsone ’02, Judith Brady ’06, Valerie Torres ’08). Dr. Durka is a past president of the REA/APPRRE.

The theme of the 2010 meeting was “In the Flow: learning religion and religiously learning amidst global cultural flows.” Four of our attendees presented papers:
• Dr. Kieran Scott, Swimming Against the Flow: Language and Political Design in Lay Ecclesial Ministry
• Dr. Bud Horell, Christian Moral Education in a Globalized, Postmodern Age
• Valerie Torres, PhD, In the Flow and How Things Really Go
• Kevin Sandberg, A Curriculum Ideology of Cultural Redemption: What Labor Relations Has to do with Religious Education

Chuck Chesnavage moderated the Men’s Luncheon discussion of Amy-Jill Levine’s article, “Misusing Jesus: How the Church Divorces Jesus from Judaism” (Christian Century, Dec. 26, 2006) and two of our attendees gave “lightning talks”—five minutes at the microphone to tell colleagues about current research, to identify issues which the guild should address, or to share important information from the field—Dr. Bud Horell on education for peace and justice and Kevin Sandberg on “Neither Mosque nor Ground Zero: Cordoba House, Politics and Religious Education”).

Finally, Dr. Kieran Scott was recognized for completing his service as Member-at-Large on the REA Board of Directors. Dr. Horell continues to chair the forum on Religious Education in Public Life and the Global Community.

The Religious Education Association is an incorporation of the venerable 100 year old association (REA) of persons who have gathered semi-annually, published and taught religious education during this past century and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE), the group of professors, scholars and researchers who for the past 30 years have gathered annually as a guild of scholars building and sharing a body of theory and research. Learn more about the REA at http://www.religiouseducation.net/

Loyola Chair Lecture - Spirituality and Poetry Fr. Francis McAloon, S.J.


Loyola Chair Explains Spiritual Side of
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Francis X. McAloon, S.J., says that poems can function as texts for transformative prayer.

Photo by Ken Levinson


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“Hopkins loved to play with words,

their meanings and usages …

He uses the word ‘easter’ in a way

most of us are not familiar with.”


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By Gina Vergel

Non-biblical poetry, such as the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, can offer readers a transformative spiritual experience, according to a scholar who spoke at Fordham on Oct. 20.

Francis X. McAloon, S.J., associate professor of Christian spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and Fordham’s Loyola Chair for the fall 2010 semester, discussed Hopkins’ work and how literary and religious scholarship supports a spiritual practice within his poetry.

Hopkins’ poems of consolation, such as “Pied Beauty” and “As kingfishers catch fire,” Father McAloon said, are representative of poetry throughout the Christian millennia that celebrate much of what is revered in the Psalms.

“God, God’s love, God’s creation, our participation in that creation, our status as loved creation and our celebration and participation in the celebration, love, care of this creation,” Father McAloon said.

“I’m not saying Gerard Manley Hopkins necessarily was experiencing these deep levels of consolation while he was writing this poetry, although one could make an interesting argument along those lines, but it’s just really that we have access to these poems for our own prayer in the same way tradition invites us to pray with the poetry of the scriptures,” he said.

The title of Father McAloon’s lecture, “Let Him Easter in Us,” comes from the final stanza of Hopkins’ poem, “The Wreck of the Deutschland.”

“Hopkins loved to play with words, their meanings and usages. Here he uses the word ‘easter’ in a way most of us are not familiar with. He’s turning it into a very active verb, an explosive, empowering verb,” Father McAloon said.

“‘Let Him Easter in Us,’ challenges us to the live ‘the real’ in light of an ongoing eruption of the presence and action of God in ourselves, in our relationships and in our world.”
Father McAloon proposed an interdisciplinary approach, informed by literary and religious scholarship, that allows for certain poems to function as texts for transformative prayer.

He then read from “Pied Beauty,” a shortened sonnet Hopkins wrote in 1877 while he was studying theology in Wales.

“What he is doing is offering us a sense of what it is he is glorifying God for,” Father McAloon said of the 11-line poem.

“It’s very clear that a primary site for his experience with God is in nature,” Father McAloon said. “I propose that this is a classic example of a poem that could be prayed with while one is in spiritual consolation. This is the kind of poem that can come to mind and give expression to what we’re feeling.

“Part of what poetry does for us is give us words, phrases and images to express what we feel but perhaps cannot say because we’re not poets and we don’t have that same skill or technique,” he added.

Another Hopkins poem, “As kingfishers catch fire,” would reach out to us today, Father McAloon said.

“If you spend some time with this and think about your own experience of nature and of your own sense of Christ, faith, hope and love, it is—in its own way—an incredibly consoling claim or invitation to know ourselves, not simply as sinners, but to know ourselves as loved sinners and those who are called to live Christ-like lives,” said Father McAloon, who added that most of his work on Hopkins until very recently focused on his sonnets of despair.

“Maybe it’s because I have deep, dark, Irish roots, but they always appealed to me and so it’s where I did most of my work as a graduate student and then the first 10 years of teaching,” he said. “Now I’ve decided to spend a little time on the consolation side of the spectrum.”

Friday, November 12, 2010

GSRRE Faculty Stories November 2010



Our faculty have had a very active year, some recent accomplishments:

Dr. GLORIA DURKA, Professor of Religious Education, was unanimously re-elected President of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) at the bi-annual meeting held recently in Ottawa, Canada. ISREV is an inter-religious scholarly association of about 350 professors and researchers from more than 30 countries. Dr. Durka will serve a second two-year term. The next meeting of ISREV will be held in Turku, Finland in July, 2012.




Dr. Thomas Beaudoin has a new review in America Magazine. His review of Kenda Creasy Dean's new book, Almost Christian, is now in print and online at America magazine.



Dr. Robert Brancatelli, Visiting professor of Religious Education, has given two public lectures at Fordham on "Entrepreneurial Discipleship" as he prepares to offer a new course on this topic for Spring 2011. For more information on our Spring offerings click here.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Elizabeth John-Baptiste, a GSRRE Alumnus, is just starting a new position. Elizabeth is the new principle of St. Patrick's School on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She tell us that, "Being the Principal of St. Patrick's School is simply answering the Spirit's call. I enjoy empowering others to greater academic and spiritual new heights and this assignments affords me the opportunity to do both. I accept the challenge knowing that I am not alone. We have a great community of parents, students, faculty and alumni ; together we will "develop the whole child through the Gospel teaching of Jesus Christ..." Best of luck to Elizabeth from the whole Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education Community!

Friday, October 15, 2010



Fred Herron, who has just started GSRRE's Doctor of Ministry program this Fall, is taking the doctoral program in reverse! Fred published a well-received book this Summer, just before starting the program. Fred Herron is Interim Executive Director and Director of Ministry at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Staten Island and Chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Fontbonne Hall Academy.

Tuning the Rig: Catholic Schools for a Learning Church (University Press of America) by Fred Herron, here are some recent reviews:

" An exceptional job of communicating key challenges to Catholic Educators, providing purposeful examples to model through their imagination, dialogue and community of discipleship. It will be a must for my students.

"—Dr. Gerald M. Cattaro, executive director, Catholic School Leadership and Faith Based Education, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University

"...An authentic voice whose scholarship brings the Good News as the curriculum of our lives and of our work. Each chapter provides Catholic school educators perspectives for reflection and growth in their transformative work with the young."
Professor Robert J. Starratt, The Lynch School, Boston College

We are happy to have Fred in our student body and look forward to his future endeavors.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dr. Beverly Musgrave's new collection on Spiritual and Psychological Aspects of Illness - Book Signing next week!



Dr. Beverly Musgave, GSRRE Faculty member, has co-edited a recent collection entitled "SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ILLNESS:DEALING WITH SICKNESS, LOSS, DYING, AND DEATH" with Neil J. McGettigan. The book includes entries from many faculty connected to Fordham: John Cecero, S.J. – Psychology; Kieran Scott – GSRRE; Robert Guigliano – GSRRE adjunct; Janna C. Heyman – Graduate School of Social Service; Yvette M. Sealy – Graduate School of Social Service.

There will be a book signing and discussion on Wednesday 10/27 at 1:30PM in Keating Hall Rotunda Please join us!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Religious Education Faculty and Student Updates - Fall 2010

Another busy Fall at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. Here are some recent Religious Education faculty and student updates:

Gloria Durka, Professor, GSRRE with Anthony Ozele, Ph.D.(GSRRE ’06), at the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, (ISREV) held in Ottawa, Canada. At the XVII Session, Prof. Durka was re-elected President of ISREV, a scholarly association of 300 members from 36 different countries. Dr. Ozele delivered a paper entitled, “Re-imagining Religious Education for Social Engagement: Contextualizing Challenges of Inculturation in Sub-saharan Africa).

Myrtle Power, GSRRE Ph.D.’06, presented a collegial paper, “Contemporary Religious Education Curriculum in Catholic Schools in Canada: Hermeneutical Considerations,” at the meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Power served as the local convenor of the 2010 ISREV Session which was held July 25-30 at the University of St. Paul where she is Assistant Professor of Religious Education.

Dzintra Ilisko, Ph.D. ’02, addressed a plenary session of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values at its XVII Session held in Ottawa, Canada. The theme of the Session was Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief. Dr. Dzintra’s address was entitled, “The Quandary of Religious Freedom in a New Democracy in Latvia.”

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hopkins, Ignatius of Loyola and the Spiritual Consolations of Poetry

Please join us at Fr. Francis McAloon's Loyola Chair lectures on Spirituality and Poetry this October. Find us at www.fordham.edu/gre for more information.

T H E F A L L 2 0 1 0 L O Y O L A C H A I R L E C T U R E
Let him easter in us: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Ignatius of Loyola and the
Spiritual Consolations of Poetry

By Francis X. McAloon, S.J.,

associate professor of Christian spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and the Loyola Chair at Fordham University for fall 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010, 7 p.m.
O’Keefe Commons | O’Hare Hall | Rose Hill Campus
Wednesday, 20 October 2010, 6 p.m.

12th-floor Lounge | Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center Campus

A reception immediately follows both lectures.

For more information, call (718) 817-4800 or e-mail gre@fordham.edu.
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer for GSRRE Students.....

Graduate Religion students are busy this Summer....we will be spotlighting some of their Summer activities in the coming weeks, enjoy:

Joe Petriello
Ph.D. Candidate in Religious Education
2005 (MA in Religious Education)

This summer I volunteered with Appalachia Habitat for Humanity in
Robbins, Tennessee. This was my 10th summer volunteering with the
second oldest affiliate of Habitat, and the 8th in which I took
students from Xavier High School as part of our school's Companions of
Xavier service program. This was the first of what will be a total of
four summer service trips, bringing 119 students, 23 faculty and five
alumni to various locations. This year Xavier sponsored a new home
for Mr. Jack Carroll, a 64-year-old widower who was approved for a new
house just before his wife, Joanna, recently passed away. Our group
constructed the exterior of the house, from the floor to the external
walls, to porches, trusses and the roof. Alongside daily evening
prayer and reflection, our volunteers also shared meals with the local
staff and future homeowners, shared in fellowship with the
congregation of Rugby Road Methodist Church, and spend time with many
friends and neighbors in the local community.

Monday, July 26, 2010

GSRRE prepares for the arrival of Fr. Francis McAloon

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education will welcome
Fr. Francis McAloon, SJ as our Loyola Visiting Chair for Fall 2010.

Father McAloon will be teaching a class and giving two public lectures at Fordham. He presently serves as an associate professor of Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. His interests include Ignatian spirituality, prayer and poetry, and the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

This Fall, Father McAloon will teach this course, open to current students and auditors:

Christian Contemplation and Action
Fordham University Fall 2010

Rev. Francis X. McAloon, S.J., Ph.D.

Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:20PM

Course Description

This course explores the writings and lives of six major teachers in contemplative prayer and ministry: Ignatius of Loyola and Gerard Manley Hopkins of the Jesuit tradition, Teresa of Avila and Therese of Lisieux of the Carmelite tradition, and two 20th century authors, Thomas Merton of the Benedictine tradition and Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker tradition. The course considers these sources and traditions as living fonts of and challenge to our contemporary spirituality, and provide a broader overview for more specific studies in Christian spirituality. Evaluation: Active class participation and discussion, brief responses papers, and final writing project.

Some of Father McAloon's recent publications include:

"Praying with Hopkins" In Hopkins Variations: Standing round a Waterfall, edited by Joaquin Kuhn and Joseph J. Feeney. Philadelphia and New York: St. Joseph's University Press and Fordham University Press, 2002.

"Prayer, Poetry and Spiritual Transformation," paper delivered at Hopkins: the Rome Conference, The Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, October 2002. Posted on Regis site.

"Poetry and Prayer: Reading for Transformation through the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins." Ph.D. diss., Graduate Theological Union, 2001.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What Give's Me Life in Ministry? Rev. Claudio Burgaleta, S.J.






Rev. Claudio M. Burgaleta, S.J. What Gives Me Life in Ministry?



At the conclusion of the Fourth Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius has the retreatant make the contemplation Ad Amorem. In the points he gives us to consider, the saint has us reflect on the many ways in which God is working in the world to bless me in particular, from the way God sustains creation to the personal gifts God has given each one of us, to the people, places, and circumstances that he puts in our path that help us to be more fully alive, appreciative of God’s generosity and desiring of sharing what God has given us with others. When I am at my best, and I readily admit that I am a sinner and that frequently I am not at my best, but when I am at my best, the Ad Amorem offers me a window through which to view and understand my ministry and relationship with God and others. For me, ministry comes most alive when in faith I can see God at work in the people and in the circumstances I come across; when those people and circumstances awaken in me a sense of being deeply blessed by God and spur me to return those blessings in a similarly generous response of love.



Let me try to be more specific. A great deal of my life involves teaching theology and Hispanic ministry at Fordham University to graduate students preparing for ministry. Much of that teaching for me these days happens in front of a computer screen, either teaching online courses or reviewing and commenting on students’ theses and dissertations. It can be a lonely work, yet for me it has been and continues to be a tremendous blessing because in reading what my students write and how they interact with each other online I am given a privileged window on how God is at work in their lives. I often find myself moved to tears of deep consolation after reading about their experiences, and the way that God is at work in their lives has a multiplier effect in my own life. Goose bumps creep up and down my arms and I am moved to stop reading and to thank God for allowing me to be a teacher, a priest, a Jesuit who witnesses so many little miracles in the lives of the people that I have been sent to serve. In turn, I am spurred to look around my world anew and discern how God has been at work in other aspects of my life. In short, I am moved to believe more deeply, more gratefully, more generously.


Another experience of ministry which makes me feel deeply grateful and alive each week is when I preside at the Spanish Sunday Eucharist in several parishes in the Bronx. It is the custom in these communities to sing the Our Father and for the congregation to join hands while doing so. As I gaze out over the congregation and hear their voices I am deeply touched as I am reminded at the many individual life stories from the congregation that I have been privileged to accompany: in the sacraments of reconciliation or anointing of the sick, in a counseling session, or just sharing a good laugh together. The faith of these people who call God father, people on the margins who struggle mightily to make ends meet, these people who are the Body of Christ, the Church, and whom I have the honor to serve as priest by sharing with them the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, usually brings me to soft tears of joy and gratitude, and never fails to give me goose bumps. These are some of the ways in which ministry as a Jesuit priest and teacher sustain me and bring me the fullness of life that Jesus promised and embodies for us.



Rev. Claudio Burgaleta, S.J., Ph.D.
Father Claudio M. Burgaleta, S.J. is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Latino Studies at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GSRRE) of Fordham University. He was born in a suburb of Havana, Cuba in 1960, and grew up in Belleville and Nutley, N.J. In 1980 he entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at Syracuse, N.Y., and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1992 at the Fordham University Church.