News and Updates: May 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dr. Robert Brancatelli on NBC News on the Pope's visit to Cuba

GSRRE Visiting Professor Robert Brancatelli recently appeared on NBC News commenting on the Pope's visit to here for footage: He will make a presentation to the Jesuit Business Educators at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles July 12-14 entitled "Mission Drift and Realignment: The Magis Method" Dr. Brancatelli will make a presentation entitled "Entrepreneurial Discipleship: Having Faith in the Marketplace" at the National Association of Lay Ministry in Alexandria, Virginia in June
Dr. Donna Eschenauer, GSRRE 2010 On Friday, May 4th Donna Eschenauer presented a lecture at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY for the Graduate Alumni Association’s Spring Theological Update. The lecture focused on lay ecclesial ministry in the Church, with special attention focused on the recently published book, edited by
Donna Eschenauer and Harold Horell (Liturgical Press).

Monday, May 7, 2012

GSRRE mourns the passing of Rev. Kohn, GSRRE Adjunct Professor

Dear Members of the Fordham Family, It is my very sad duty to report the death of Rev. Marguerite Mary Kohn, adjunct faculty in the distance learning program of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. She was shot and wounded Thursday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where she worked, in Ellicott City, Maryland, and died Saturday at a hospital in Baltimore. Rev. Kohn’s colleague, Brenda Brewington, an employee of St. Peter's, was killed in the same attack. It is heartbreaking to lose these two women, whose lives were dedicated to helping others, in an instant of brutality. I ask that you join with me in praying for Rev. Kohn and Ms. Brewington, for their families and colleagues, and for the faculty and students of GSRRE. We will keep the University community informed about funeral services and memorials for Rev. Kohn. Sincerely, Joseph M. McShane, S.J. Note: The above e-mail address is a one-way mail service for broadcast message only. It cannot accept incoming e-mails.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dr. Kieran Scott will present a lecture on the future of the Church this Friday at the Westchester Campus

Click here for the Fordham new story. GRE Professor to Offer Special Lecture at Westchester Campus Kieran Scott, Ed.D., associate professor of theology and religious education Kieran Scott, Ed.D., associate professor of theology and religious education, will discuss the future of church education at a special reception and presentation this week. “Educational Ministry in the Church of the 21st Century: Models for the Future” Friday, May 4 11:30 a.m. Fordham Westchester campus 400 Westchester Ave., West Harrison, New York 10604
According to Scott, who teaches in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), the 21st century Church is at a crossroads. “My talk attempts to address what I see as the great divide in the Christian churches, and particularly the Roman Catholic Church—the division in liberal and conservative categories and ideologies,” Scott said. “I believe that it’s a false choice to have to choose between a liberal and a conservative approach to the life of the Church.” Nevertheless, a compromise between these two sides isn’t necessarily the answer, said Scott, a specialist in the foundations of religious education, curriculum theory, and adult religious education. “[Rather,] education is an imperfect panacea to the current division and dilemmas,” he said. “I think education is at the heart of our crisis, but genuine education is the imperfect solution to it. “The past is the new future,” he added, offering a clue to what he will propose in the lecture. Lunch will be served prior to Scott’s 1 p.m. lecture, followed by dessert and discussion. For more information or to RSVP contact William Madden, assistant dean of GRE, at