News and Updates: September 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Dr. Tom Beaudoin presents at St. John's University Colloquium

Last weekend, Dr. Tom Beaudoin presented a paper on "Postmodern Practical Theology" to a colloquium on the state of the field of practical theology at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The colloquium is a working group of 14 theologians who are writing a book together about ways of doing practical theology today.

GSRRE Alumni Attend International Seminar

GSRRE ALUMS ATTEND INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR.  Three GSRRE alums attended the meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV) and presented papers.  The meeting was held in Turku, Finland, from July 29-August 3, 2012.  They are:  

Dr. Roseanne McDougall, GSRRE MA, ‘86, Assistant Professor, Lasalle University, who presented “Making History and Creating Memories:  Integrating Service Learning into the Undergraduate Religion Curriculum.”

Dr. Dzintra Ilisko, GSRRE MA, ’98; Ph.D.,’02, Associate Professor, Daugavpils University, who presented  “The Changing Landscapte of Research Traditions in a Latvian University:  Paradigmatic and Narrative Orientations.”

Dr. Myrtle Power, GSRRE Ph.D., ’05, Assistant Professor, St. Paul University, Ottawa, who presented “The Roots of Memory and the Space of Religious Education in Catholic Schools in Canada.”

Dr. Gloria Durka re-elected as President of ISREV

GLORIA DURKA, RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARLY ASSOCIATION.   Gloria Durka, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Education, presided over the meeting of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values  (ISREV) which was held in Turku, Finland, July 29-August 3, 2012.  The theme of the international meeting was “Respecting History and Remembrance in Religious Education Research.”  More than 160 scholars from 35 countries attended the conference.  Dr. Durka addressed a plenary session on the theme, “Challenges in Respecting History.”  ISREV is an invitational seminar of professors and researchers from 40 different countries.  At the final session of the meeting, Dr. Durka was re-elected President of ISREV.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Luncheon welcomes new faculty and dean to GSRRE

On Thursday September 20th THe Pastoral Ministry area of the Graduate School of Religion had a luncheon to welcome our new faculty members in the area and the new dean. Students from our Doctor of Ministry Program and our MA programs in Latino Ministry, Spirituality and Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Ministry were on hand.

Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Dean - GSRRE, welcomed those present to the gathering.  Dr. Shannon Mcalister and Fr. Francis McAloon, SJ, Ph.D. introduced themselves and their research interests to the students.  Fr. McAloon has written about Spirituality/prayer and poetry.  Dr. McAlister's work focuses on representations of the feminine in the Church Fathers.  Drs. Beaudoin and Burgaleta gave students an introduction to the expectations of our Pastoral Ministry programs.

Friday October 26th our new faculty members will give presentations during a session called "New Directions in Spirituality" at the Westchester campus of Fordham University.  The event is open to the public, please contact to respond or inquire for more information.

Where:              Fordham Westchester

                          400 Westchester Ave.

                          West Harrison, New York  10604

11:00am           Fr. Francis McAloon, SJ, PHD

"Try to discover what the Lord wants of you" (Eph 5: 10):

The Biblical Roots for Ignatian Discernment

of Spirits.

12:45pm Dr. Shannon McAlister. PhD

"Born of the Father": The Spirituality of the Divine Womb in Scripture, Creed, and the Words of the Saints"


Refreshments will be served.


This event is open to everyone!

There is no charge to attend.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Award for "In All Things" Blog, including GSRRE faculty member Thomas Beaudoin

The GSRRE's own Dr. Thomas Beaudoin was honored, along with the other authors, for his work on the "In All Things" blog on the America Magazine website.  The award was recently presented to the authors by the Catholic Media Conference.  Congratulations!

We are happy to report that 'In All Things' received top honors from the Catholic Press Association at the Catholic Media Conference this weekend. The category: Best, er, Online Group Blog. A hearty thanks to all of our contributors—their unique mix of social and spiritual analyses is truly worth honoring.
America also won first place for Best Web site, the fifth year in a row we have garnered that honor. Associate Editor Kerry Weber, who attended this year's convention, will report here in more detail on the weekend and the winners. Stay tuned.
Tim Reidy

Chaplaincy Posting by Dr. Harold Horell

Opportunities in Chaplaincy

One of the great things about my work here at Fordham is that it brings me into contact with people from all over the country and beyond who are involved in a wide variety of church ministries. Moreover, many of the conversations in which I am involved concern the ministry opportunities that are available to Fordham GSRRE graduates. In a recent conversation with David Lichter from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, David shared the following reflection he had written about exploring a call to the ministry of chaplaincy:

 What will your future service or ministry be? Did you know that some men and women are drawn to be with people in their moments of crises, suffering, illness, or nearness to death to provide a compassionate presence and help them cope emotionally and spiritually with their life circumstances? Chaplains are remarkable people. Have you ever considered this profession? In health care and other such settings, men and women have found great satisfaction in the pastoral/spiritual care ministry. Over half of the members of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) are lay women and men, endorsed as lay ecclesial health care ministers serving in hospitals, hospices, long term care, and a variety of other settings. For more than 47 years our NACC members, priests, religious men and women, deacons, and lay men and women, have continued the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. Would you consider this profession? Go to to find answers to many questions, as well as testimonies by many serving in this spiritual care field.

A number of times over the past five years, I have heard David speak about ministry as a chaplain. He always speaks with great clarity and insight as well as passion about the ways chaplaincy can be life-giving and life-sustaining work. After our most recent discussion, I wanted to share David’s words, and I encourage those of you exploring how you can make use of your talents and gifts to consider the ministry of chaplaincy.


n  Harold (Bud) Horell, Assistant Professor of Religious Education

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cardinal Dolan, Stephen Colbert at Fordham

Cardinal Dolan, Stephen Colbert at Fordham

Contact: Bob Howe
(212) 636-6358

Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, joined Stephen Colbert, the popular host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, for a conversation about humor, faith, joy, and the spiritual life, at Fordham University in the Bronx on Sept. 14.

“The Cardinal and Colbert: Humor, Joy, and the Spiritual Life,” was moderated by James Martin, S.J., a Jesuit priest and author of Between Heaven and Mirth. The multimedia discussion touched on the relationship between humor and faith, framed within Catholicism.

The event drew more than 3,000 spectators and was simulcast in Keating Hall.

Colbert is the host and executive producer of the multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning program The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, which the The New York Times called “one of the best television shows of the year.” The show parodies the hyper-political conventions of television news broadcasting.

His book, I Am America (And So Can You!), spent 29 weeks on The New York Times’ best-seller list in 2007, debuting at and occupying the number one spot for 13 weeks. Last Spring, Colbert released a children’s book titled I Am A Pole (And So Can You!), which documents a pole’s quest for identity, and on October 2, 2012, he will release his third book, America Again: Rebecoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t.

Colbert first gained wide public recognition as one of the characters in Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Colbert was the longest-tenured correspondent on the wildly popular news parody show, playing, as he described it, “a fool who has spent a lot of his life playing not the fool.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan was appointed as the tenth and current archbishop of New York by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. He also serves as the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

An articulate defender of Church teaching, Cardinal Dolan is known for his charisma and outgoing personality. He combines an engaging personality with an articulate and passionate proclamation of the Catholic faith.

A friend of Fordham, the cardinal most recently presided over the Baccalaureate Mass in May, at which he received an honorary degree from Fordham.

Father Martin has been a frequent guest on The Colbert Report since September 2007. In 2008, Stephen Colbert promoted him from "friend of the show" to "Official Chaplain of the Colbert Nation."

Father Martin's book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything (HarperOne, 2010), was a New York Times bestseller. He is also the author of My Life with the Saints (Loyola Press, 2007), which swas named by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 2006.

The event opened with an animated cartoon (featured below) created by Fordham senior Tim Luecke, a visual arts major.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dr. Beaudoin appears on

Dr. Thomas Beaudoin appeared on the radio show and podcast "Things Not Seen" last week to discuss theology and music and his "Rock and Theology" project.  Follow this link to hear the broadcast.  For more on Dr. Beaudoin's work with Rock and Theology, please go to his site:
Rock and Theology