News and Updates: 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dr. Durka to speak at Oxford University

Gloria Durka, Professor of Religious Education, has been invited to speak at Oxford University, England in 2012. The invitation comes from the Senior Research Fellow at Manchester College and the Department of Education, Oxford, Dr. Liam Gearon. Dr. Durka has collaborated with Dr.Gearon and two colleagues from Australia, on the major research project, The International Handbook of Inter-religious Education, (2 vol.), Springer Press, 2010.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dr. Beaudoin's article in Religion, Media, and Culture: A Reader

GSRRE's Associate Professor of Theology Tom Beaudoin recently published the chapter "Everyday Faith In and Beyond Scandalized Religion" in Religion, Media, and Culture: A Reader (Routledge, 2011), edited by Gordon Lynch and Jolyon Mitchell with Anna Strhan.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

GRE Honors Jesuit "Homeboy" and others in Ministry

GRE Honors Jesuit ‘Homeboy’

Gregory Boyle, S.J. (left), poses with Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, S.J., vice president of University mission and ministry.

Photo by Ken Levinson

By Janet Sassi

There are those of deep Christian faith who dedicate their lives to helping the poor, the powerless and the voiceless.

Then there is Gregory Boyle, S.J., who stands by society’s despised, readily thrown out and demonized—the criminals, gang members and drug lords.

At its Oct. 21 Sapientia et Doctrina celebration, the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE) honored Father Boyle with a Gaudium et Spes award, given annually to a Catholic who contributes both to the religious community and the human community.

Father Boyle, known to his “homeboys” as Father Greg, has worked for 25 years in a Los Angeles barrio that has the city’s highest concentration of gang activity. To help stem violence and set gang members on a better course, Father Boyle founded Jobs for a Future in 1988 and Homeboy Industries in 1992, creating industries in which rival gang members worked side by side for an honest paycheck.

“I buried my first young person killed because of this (gang) sadness in 1988, and I buried my 178th on Wednesday (Oct. 19),” Father Boyle said. “I’ve seen a lot of horrible things in my life, and had to give [last] blessings.”

But his life with the gangs, Father Boyle said, has been his blessing from God. He told a story about “Bandit,” who, after years of selling crack on the streets, came to his office and said “I’m tired of being tired.” From an entry-level job, Bandit came to supervise a Homeboy warehouse, and bought a house, married and had kids.

Today, Homeboy Industries runs a bakery, a silkscreen factory, a solar panel training program, a diner and a café. The organization helps some 15,000 people per year find their worth beyond the dead end of street life.

“They’ve taught me everything of value, really,” said Father Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (Free Press, 2010). “In the last couple of years, they have even taught me how to text,” he said to laughter. “I’m grateful . . . it sure beats the heck out of actually talking to people.”

Father Boyle’s humor underscored a deeper message.

“Honest to God, they used to shoot bullets at each other, but now they shoot text messages. And there is a word for that, and that word is kinship.

“You don’t hold the bar and ask somebody to measure up. You just show up and hold the mirror and tell people the truth, knowing that your truth is my truth, and my truth is a gang member’s truth, and it all happens to be the same truth—that you are exactly what God had in mind when God made you.”

Among the night’s other honorees were Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., president emeritus of Fordham; and William H. Sadlier, Inc. religious publishers; recipients of GRE’s Founders Awards. Carmen Ana Casal de Unanue received the Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, S.J., Award for Service to the Hispanic community.

Sapientia et Doctrina awards for exemplary service to the church were presented to: Mary Bivona of Catholic Charities; Monsignor Neil Connolly of St. Mary’s Parish on Manhattan’s Lower East Side; Kay Furlani (GRE ’88) of the Archdiocese of New York; Holy Rosary Church, site of the Don Bosco Center; Patricia Keck of the Hartford Archdiocese; Maryann McHugh, C.S.J., of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Queens; Michael Hayes (GRE ’05), founder of; Elena Procario-Foley, Ph.D., Driscoll Professor Jewish-Catholic Studies at Iona College; and Catherine Ryan, a Franciscan Sister of Peace.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Faculty, Students and Alums Represent the GSRRE

At the recent REA Annual Meeting: Brain Matters: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Diversity, GSRRE faculty, students and alumni were in full force. The meeting was held November 4-6, 2011, Toronto, Ontario

Presentations included the following:

Michael Bickford, Ph.D. ‘11
An Evaluation of the Contribution of John H. Westerhoff III to Religious Education

Donna Eschenauer, Ph.D. ‘10
Memory and Imagination: The Easter Triduum Teaching How to Live and How to Die

Luz Ibarra, Ph.D. ‘09 Neuro-Linguistic Programming in Religious Education

Kathleen Turner Ph.D. Cand. An Artistic Review of Religious Education


Harold Horell, Ph.D., Carl Procario-Foley Ph.D. ‘11
Abuse & Education and Formation (or Malformation) in Faith

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Secular Music and Faith, New Article by Prof. Tom Beaudoin

Professor Tom Beaudoin has published a new article, "Une catechese virtuelle. La culture populaire comme lieu d'apprentissage de la foi," in the journal _Lumen Vitae: Revue Internationale de Catechese et de Pastorale_ (66:3, Sept. 2011), in which he argues that popular or "secular" music has a role in shaping faith, and that such cultural formation should be integrated reflexively into the teaching and formation of faith, a recognition that will help churches (and theology) accept that they are not masters of their own content but rather witting or unwitting partners with popular culture.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peggy Fanning, GSRRE Alumna, publishes article

Peggy Fanning, CSJ, GSRRE Ph.D. 2004, published an article entitled “The Word ‘Catholic’ in a Catholic University: ‘Here Comes Everybody’.” It appeared in the Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter of St. John’s University where she is an Adjunct Professor.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Dr. Tom Beaudoin speaks at Occupy Wall Street Teach-In

Prof. Tom Beaudoin was one of the speakers at the "Occupy Wall Street Teach-In" at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus on Monday. The Teach-In was co-sponsored by the GSRRE, the Theology Department, and the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice.

Dr. Beaudoin to present at annual pastoral conference

Prof. Tom Beaudoin will be giving a talk this Saturday, 5 November, at the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of Saint Elizabeth, in Morristown, New Jersey. His presentation, "Texting God: Faith and Culture Among Youth and Young Adults Today," is part of their Annual Pastoral Conference Day. More information can be found at their site here:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

GRE Honors 'Homeboy' Priest at Annual Sapientia

Gregory Boyle, S.J., and several others were honored on Oct. 21 for service to the church and to humanity at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education's (GRE) Sixth annual Sapientia et Doctrina event.

Pictured above are the awardees, including Father Boyle (top center) and Joseph O'Hare, S.J., president Emeritus of Fordham (to Father Boyle's left). Father Boyle is also pictured with Msgr. Joseph Quinn, vice president for mission and ministry.

Coverage of the event will appear in an upcoming edition of INSIDE FORDHAM.

--Janet Sassi

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Book Release ~ Liturgical Press: Dr. Harold Horell and Donna Eschenauer(GSRRE alumna)

A new book, Reflections on Renewal: Lay Ecclesial Ministry and the Church, edited by Dr. Harold Horell(GSRRE) and Dr. Donna M. Eschenauer(Ph.D. GSRRE) has been released. Contributors to this work include: Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Richard McCord, Amy Hoey, Edward Hahnenberg, Anthony Ciorra, Kieran Scott, Bishop Howard Hubbard, Lisa Cataldo, Claudio Burgaleta, Donna Eschenauer, Zeni Fox, Janet Ruffing, Michael Horan, and Harold Horell.

Panel Discussion

Students gathered on October 6th for a panel discussion moderated by Dr. John Harrington. Panelists included Dr. Harold (Bud) Horell, Dr. Kieran Scott, Dr. Lisa Cataldo, and Dr. Donna Eschenauer. A book signing followed the event.

This collection of essays was inspired by Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord, the annual convocation sponsored by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GSRRE). The book is grounded in Fordham University’s commitment to the church and its mission in the world.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Professor Durka serving on four editorial boards

Gloria Durka, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, has been elected to the International Board of Consulting Editors for the Australian Journal of Religious Education.

She is also currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Beliefs and Values (published in the UK), PANORAMA: The International Journal of Comparative Religious Education and Values (published in Germany), and the Journal of Teacher Education (published in Latvia).

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spirituality and the Occupy Wall Street Movement - Dr. Thomas Beaudoin, GSRRE in USA Today

Prof. Tom Beaudoin was quoted in USA Today about his work at the intersection of spirituality and the Occupy Wall Street movement. The story is here:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Job Announcement - Fordham GSRRE - Christian Spirituality

Faculty Position: Christian Spirituality

Fordham University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution, invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Christian Spirituality beginning August 2012. Rank is open. Applications require a completed Ph.D. in Spirituality (or equivalent). The successful candidate will be grounded in theology as well as another allied discipline, with ability to teach historical and contemporary courses. This position will involve teaching, student advising, scholarly productivity, receptivity towards distance learning, as well as institutional and professional service. The successful candidate will also be involved in the Master and Doctor of Ministry programs. The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education especially welcomes applicants from diverse denominational and cultural backgrounds.

Application Procedures
Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and three letters of recommendation along with contact phone numbers for references. Materials should be submitted electronically to Review of applications will begin on November 1st and continues until the position is filled.

Postal Address:
Christian Spirituality Search
Dr. Thomas Beaudoin, Search Chair
Fordham University
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
441 East Fordham Road
Keating Hall – Room 303B
Bronx, NY 10458

Email Address:

Fordham University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Interview with Dr. Tom Beaudoin in The Emerging Catholic Church

An interview with Prof. Tom Beaudoin has been published in a new book by Tom Roberts, religion journalist and editor of the National Catholic Reporter. The book is titled _The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself_ (Orbis, 2011), and includes an interview with Prof. Beaudoin (pp. 184-187) about the pluralism of beliefs and practices within and on the edges of Catholicism in the United States.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Drs. Beaudoin and Cataldo take part in "Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church"

GSRRE faculty Profs. Tom Beaudoin and Lisa Cataldo were a part of the Fordham conference "Learning to Listen: Voices of Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church" last Friday at Lincoln Center. Professors Beaudoin and Cataldo served on the Planning Committee for the conference, which is part of a larger collaboration between Fordham, Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and Fairfield University, titled "More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church." Prof. Beaudoin also served as a moderator for the first panel at Friday's conference, "Identity and Practice in Everyday Life." The series now moves to Union Theological Seminary on 1 October. For more information, go to the conference website:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Moving Beyond Religious Illiteracy

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin's first post in the blog for the Fund for Theological Education is available here:

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin on Secular Catholicism and Practical Theology

Dr. Tom Beaudoin has a new article in the International Journal of Practical Theology, Vol. 15(2011) pp. 22-37 entitled "Secular Catholicism and Practical Theology".

Dr. Durka presides at ISREV

Gloria Durka, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, was in Glasgow, Scotland in July to preside over the Annual General Meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV). Representatives from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S. were in attendance. Dr. Durka is President of ISREV. She also attended the national conference of the Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE) which was held at the University of Glasgow.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Megan McKenna receives National Catholic Press Book Award

A recent book by Professor Megan McKenna, GSRRE Summer faculty, has just received an award from the Catholic Press. The book, This Will Be Remembered of Her, has been awarded THIRD place in the SPIRITUALITY Category of the 2011 Catholic Press Awards.

The Committee said, "Megan McKenna has been a theologian and storyteller in our Christian community for the last 40 years. Here she brings together stories from various traditions and true life stories that promote an inspirational vision of dedication and justice within the Christian church.”

Next week Professor McKenna will teach her next Summer course at GSRRE, The Gospel of Matthew. Congratulations to Professor McKenna!

This Will Be Remembered Of Her: Stories Of Women
Reshaping The World, Staff, William. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Co, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2007 GSRRE Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., publishes book

2007 GSRRE Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., publishes book
engaging in a comparative study of corporate worship

Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., Associate Dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences at Nyack College and 2007 Ph.D. graduate from the GSRRE,
recently published Exploring Worship: Catholic, Evangelical, and
Orthodox Perspectives with Wipf and Stock. This book engages in a
comparative study of Catholic, Evangelical, and Orthodox teachings on
corporate worship and suggests classic practices that help deepen the
understanding and experience of worship. This is his 3rd published

“In an age of increasing multiculturalism, globalization, ecumenical and
inter-religious dialogue, this volume contributes much to discussion
about and practice of Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox worship. The
author, a professional religious educator, makes historical perspectives
of worship relevant for contemporary life in an attempt to foster deeper
understanding and experience of worship. He shows that these three
streams of Christianity have much potential to enrich and enhance each
other’s practice of worship. Written in a clear and cogent style, this
work is a gift to religious educators and the people they serve. It
should enjoy wide readership and deep discussion.”
Dr. Gloria Durka, Ph.D.
Professor, Director, Ph.D. Program in Religious Education
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University

For more information on Exploring Worship:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Commencement today at Fordham!

With pride and prayers, we think of our GSRRE graduates today at Rose Hill no matter where each GSRRE community member might find themselves today! Click here to see a streaming video of graduation, which begins in minutes:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin receives $25,000 Grant from the Louisville foundation with Dr. Patrick Hornbeck from Fordham's Theology Department

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin(GSRRE) and Dr. Patrick Hornbeck(Theology Dept.) recently received a Louisville Institute Grant for $25,000. The Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program supporting the study of American religious institutions made the award to assist in an 18 month study looking at Deconversion in Roman Catholicism

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Theoforum article on Inter-religious Education from Dr. Gloria Durka

Dr. Gloria Durka, Professor of Religious Education, GSRRE, has published “Through the Looking Glass: A U.S. Roman Catholic View of Inter-religious Education and Dialogue,” in THEOFORUM, (Continuation of Eglise et Theologie), Vol 41, No. 1, 2010, pp. 113-129.

Ministry Faculty Updates - March 2011

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin will be giving a presentation at the Festival of Faith and Music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday 9 April. His talk is titled "Making Faith Sense of Popular Music: A Complicated Conversation."

Dr. Chad Thralls, GSRRE Visiting Professor, gave a talk at the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University titled "Don't Forget to Look at the Trees: Envisioning a spiritual path that leads from the beauty of nature to ethical action". The talk examined the work of the Jewish scholar Abraham Joshua Herschel and what he might contribute to a Christian spirituality of the natural world.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dr. Scott gives plenary address on "The Roman Catholic Dilemma"

Dr.Kieran Scott, Associate Professor at GSRRE, gave a Plenary Address titled,"The Roman Catholic Dilemma: Teaching or Commanding Sexual Embodiment?",at the Annual Mid-Atlantic American Academy of Religion meeting, March 17, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Summer 2011 at Fordham - Graduate Religion and Religious Education

Please take a moment to look at our Summer 2011 offerings at this link. Our Summer courses are:

1)Open to continuing and new students, and also to auditors($150 per course/no auditing spots available in online courses).

2)Offered on-line, at St. Francis(31st, NYC) and our main campus in the Bronx.

3)New offerings from world-renowned faculty.

FOr further information please contact Bill Madden, asst. dean, at 718-817-4800 or

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dr. Gloria Durka speaks at the University of Latvia with GSRRE Alumna Dr. Ines Runce

Gloria Durka, Professor of Religious Education, addressed a plenary session of the International Conference on “Globalization and Localization: Theory, Problems and Practices of Religious Conversion in Europe,” which was held at the University of Latvia, Riga, February 10-11, 2011.

Conference coordinators included Dr. Inese Runce, MA, GSRRE, who is a professor and researcher in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia. The conference was sponsored by the European Union, and it brought together scholars from Italy, Russia, Ireland, the UK and Baltic countries. Dr. Durka was the only invited scholar from the United States. Her paper was entitled, “Inter-religious Education and Conversion in a Divided World: Perspectives from the United States.”

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fordham Faculty Publications and Lectures - Journal of Pastoral Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey and more

Dr. Kirk Bingaman's article, "The Art of Contemplative and Mindfulness Practice: Incorporating the Findings of Neuroscience into Pastoral Care and Counseling", has been published in the journal, Pastoral Psychology. The article is based on a paper Dr. Bingaman presented in Fall 2010 at the New Directions in Pastoral Theology conference in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Robert Brancatelli will be giving two papers at the College Theology Society's (CTS) annual convention June 2-5, 2011 at Iona College in New York. The presentations are: "Treasure in Jars of Clay: Men, Woman, and Brokenness" and "Entrepreneurial Discipleship: Having Faith in the Marketplace."

At the annual meeting of the New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education Dr. Brancatelli will give a preentation entitled "Transformative Catechesis."

Fordham's Graduate School of Business will hold a Consortium April 8-10, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Brancatelli will take part in this event which intends to stimulate "protracted critical, creative, and constructive dialogue on the context of business in the 21st century." Dr. Brancatelli's interst is in the intersection of religion and commerce in the context of globalization.

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin will give a presentation, entitled "Contemporary Theologies of Ministry for Pastoral Workers" and will take part in a panel on "My Life is Calling Me: Young Adults Speak" at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference this week.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Professor Shows How Religion Can Help Trauma Victims Recover

Contact: Patrick Verel
(212) 636-7790

Mary Beth Werdel
Photo by Patrick Verel
When assisting people who are suffering from the effects of trauma, Mary Beth Werdel, Ph.D., said mental health practitioners should consider the person’s faith as a tool for healing.

Werdel, a visiting professor of pastoral counseling in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), explored the topic in a lecture on March 1 at Fordham Westchester.

“Bessel van der Kolk, who is one of the leading trauma researchers, described a traumatic experience as leaving a person with the feeling that they’ve lost their way in the world. So trauma takes away our map. It takes away the cognitive framework through which we can navigate our world,” she said.

Werdel described the difference between a global meaning and a situational meaning as it applies to trauma victims. An example of a global meaning—one that enables people to make sense of the world—might be that the world is generally a safe place.

But a traumatic event changes that perception, because the victim’s situational meaning—one that helps them make sense of their specific place in the world—is markedly different.

It is in reconciling these two meanings that some people can experience growth and recovery. That kind of growth is associated with people who tend to be creative thinkers, as well as people who generally exhibit several variables, including higher levels of optimism, hopefulness and openness, she said.

One variable that does not factor heavily is positive social support, Werdel said.

“The research has found it’s not so important to have positive social support, even though that’s good,” she said. “What’s really important is that there’s not negative social support—there aren’t people surrounding us who are discounting our traumatic experience. That actually has a profound negative impact on our ability to heal.”

As to the roles that religion and spirituality play in healing, she noted that religious texts such as St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans have long shown the links between suffering and personal growth.

Religious orientation is a factor in healing when it’s intrinsic—someone who is attracted to religion for its beliefs—as opposed to extrinsic, such as someone who goes to church to make new friends.

“Intrinsic religiosity tends to be correlated with growth, and specifically, this sub-scale of readiness to face existential questions,” she said.

Religious coping is another variable that has been studied, and like orientation, Werdel noted it can be split into two parts: Positive religious coping reflects a secure relationship with God, while negative religious coping tends to embrace a tenuous, ominous view of the world. An example of negative religious coping, she said, is someone who blames God for the tragedy that has affected him or her.

Finally, the more religious practices that a person embraces, the more likely he or she will be able to grow. As such, spiritual and religious variables say something unique that other variables don’t capture, Werdel said.

“Theory and research provide evidence for the importance of doing spiritual assessments with our clients, for getting an understanding of what their faith beliefs are, she said. “We don’t need to get into theological conversations, necessarily, but how their lived experience of God relates to what they bring to the mental health sessions.”

Her lecture, “Rising in Wreckage: Theory, Research and Clinical Implications of the Relationship Between Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth,” was sponsored by GRE.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Thomas Beaudoin, GSRRE Associate Professor, will be be preaching at the Lenten Vespers series at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Manhattan on Sunday 13 March at 4pm. For further information, click here.

Tom Beaudoin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
Fordham University
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
441 East Fordham Road, Keating Hall 303
New York, New York 10458-9993
United States

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lost Conference - Sessions by GSRRE Faculty - Beaudoin and Cataldo

Professor's Thomas Beaudoin and Lisa Cataldo were involved in the recent Lost conference on twentysomethings and the Catholic Church. Please follow this link to view videos from the conference.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Public Lecture: Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth, Fordham Westchester, March 1st, 2011

Please join us at the Fordham Westchester campus, for a public lecture by GSRRE Visiting Professor Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, entitled, "Rising in Wreckage: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications of the Relationship between Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth".

Dr. Mary Beth Werdel is a Visiting professor of Pastoral Counseling in the Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education. She is published in the academic journals, "Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion" and "Alcohol Treatment Quarterly". Dr. Werdel is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland. Most recently she worked as a family therapist with primarily Spanish speaking immigrant families from El Salvador and Mexico.

The lecture will take place at Fordham - Westchester, 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604. The event is open to the public. Please join us!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Twenty Somethings and the Catholic Church January 28th-29th


Please remember this upcoming conference at Fordham that includes some of our graduates, faculty and students on a topic of pressing importance, young people and the Catholic Church.

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

Twenty-Somethings and the Church - LOST?
Friday, 28 January 2011 | 6 - 8 p.m.

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.

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

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

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.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year's Resolutions? Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Happy New Year to everyone in our community. As we get set to start the Spring 2011 semester next week, please keep us informed of your goals and resolutions for ministry in 2011. Are you writing a book? Attending a Conference? Would like the GSRRE community to know a bit more about your ministry? We would appreciate contributions such as this throughout the year....just E-mail

God Bless,
Patrick Holt
Asst. Dean GSRRE

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spring 2011 at Graduate Religion and Religious Education - Fordham University

Happy New Year to everyone in our extended community! Here are GSRRE we are excited for the Spring semester to start, we are offering more course than before this semester, more electives and some intriguing titles for our students. Please keep in mind that:

1)There is still time to gain admission and start most master's and Certificate programs for the Spring. Just visit us at our website.

2)You can also review our Spring schedule, and simply register to audit, or as a non-matriculated student, for just one course if space allows. Just click here for our one page registration form for audits and non-matriculated students.
3)This blog will also be a great place to check in for upcoming lectures, social events and conferences here at Fordham.