News and Updates: April 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

On Good Friday, Dr. Lisa Cataldo gave a meditation on "Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing" at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan. You can hear her meditation here:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Claudio Burgaleta, GSRRE publishes an introduction to Ecclesiology

Father Claudio Burgaleta, SJ, PH.D., from the GSRRE has just completed an introduction to ecclesiology in Spanish for adult faith formation, the title is Manual de la Eclesiologica para los Catolicos de Hoy It is the third in a series for Liguori Publications.

Public Event - Educational Ministry in the Church in the 21st Century

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham invites you to: A Special Reception and Presentation at the Westchester Campus Educational Ministry in the Church of the 21st Century: Models for the Future Lecturer: Dr. Kieran Scott, Fordham University, GSRRE Dr. Scott is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University. His expertise is in foundations of religious education, curriculum theory and adult religious education. He has taught extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Among his recent publications are Human Sexuality in the Catholic Tradition (co‐edited with Harold Daly Horell) and Perspectives on Marriage, Third Edition (co‐edited with Michael Warren). Please RSVP to: William Madden Assistant Dean Friday May 4th, 2012 Where: Fordham Westchester 400 Westchester Ave. West Harrison, New York 10604 11:30am Registration and Coffee 12:00pm Lunch 1:00pm Presentation 2:00pm Dessert and Discussion There is no charge for this event
GLORIA DURKA, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, has been named to the Advisory Board of the Center for Values Education in Istanbul, Turkey. She is the U.S. representative on the Board which has representatives from Europe, Australia, and Saudi Arabia. The Center is sponsoring an International Symposium on Values Education to be held November 16-18, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Upcoming Lecture on Deconversion by Beaudoin and Hornbeck

Help My Unbelief! Exploring Deconversion in Catholicism

Many Catholics are redefining their relationship
with the church -- if not leaving it completely. Why?
That’s the question Fordham University professors
Tom Beaudoin and Patrick Hornbeck will explore,
as they lead a discussion on “deconversion” or
change in religious affiliation in American Catholicism.

Who’s making the change? What’s involved?
What is it like to re-imagine one’s relationship with
Catholicism? What are the implications for the
church, theology and society? Beaudoin and Hornbeck
will address these questions and share research
on this widespread issue.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Maryknoll Mission Center
55 Ryder Road, Ossining, New York 10562
914-941-7590 |

RSVP: To Colleen Brathwaite
914.941.7636 ext. 2445

Beaudoin, associate professor of theology in the
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
at Fordham University, is the author of Witness
to Dispossession: The Vocation of a Postmodern
Theologian. Hornbeck is assistant professor of theology
and medieval studies in Fordham’s Faculty of
Arts and Sciences.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Graeme Fancourt speaks at Fordham

Dr. Tom Beaudoin, associate professor of theology in GSRRE, hosted Rev. Dr. Graeme Fancourt for two events on 28 March: a student/faculty seminar and a presentation in Dr. Beaudoin's "Theology of Ministry" class. Dr. Fancourt spoke at both events about the theologies of the church that are being presented and contested in the influential movements labeled the "emerging church" today.

GSRRE Graduate Ilisko gives a keynote presentation

DZINTRA ILISKO, GSRRE Ph.D. ’02, presented a keynote address at the Third IASYM (International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry) European Conference which took place in Tallin, Estonia, April 11-14, 2012. The conference theme was “Sustainable Youth Ministry: Research for Post-secular Europe.” Dr. Ilisko is Associate Professor at Daugavpils University in Latvia, and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Education. Her presentation was entitled, “Sustainable Youth Ministry in Latvia.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thomas Beaudoin named President of the Association of Practical Theology

At the biennial meeting of the Association of Practical Theology, 13-15 April at Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Tom Beaudoin was elected as president-elect. Dr. Beaudoin is associate professor in the GSRRE. He will serve as president-elect from 2012-2014, and as president of the APT from 2014-2016. Also at the biennial meeting, Dr. Beaudoin presented a paper with Dr. Patrick Hornbeck, assistant professor in the Department of Theology, titled "Deconversion in Roman Catholicism."

New Article from Gloria Durka

Gloria Durka, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, GSRRE, has just published “Theology of Religions: Through the Looking Glass of US Roman Catholicism, “ in Teaching Religion, Teaching Truth: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, Ed. J. Astley, L.J.Francis, M. Robbins, and M. Selcuk, Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishers, 2012, pp. 11-29. The book is the first volume of an international series on Religion, Education and Values. Prof. Durka is President of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV), an invitational scholarly association of 300 members from 35 countries.