News and Updates: July 2010

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.