News and Updates: October 2010

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 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
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education