News and Updates: June 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fordham GSRRE Graduate is the New Pastor of Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana, CA


Earlier this Rev. Ivan Pitts became the pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana, CA. For Ivan, this is a return to his native Los Angeles. From 2002 to 2013, he served as pastor for New Hope Baptist Church in Danbury, Connecticut.

Ivan holds an MA in RE with a concentration in Pastoral Studies from the GSRRE. He has also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University in Social Science, and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. Ivan is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling at New York Theological Seminary.


In a recent conversation with Fordham GSRRE faculty member Harold (Bud) Horell, Ivan said, “It’s great being back home again! The family is adjusting well. I am starting to gain momentum and I’m please with the progress.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recent Inside Fordham article by Dr. Tom Beaudoin "Spiritual Sleeper Songs: Meditations on Life and Death"

Read Dr. Beaudoin's article on "Spiritual Sleeper Songs:  Meditations on Life and Death" here on Inside Fordham.

GSRRE Graduate Hinton named VPAA at Mount Saint Mary College

GSRRE PhD in Religious Education graduate Mary Hinton was named Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mount St. Mary College in Newburg, NY, on June 10, 2013.

Dr. Hinton has served the Mount since 2011 as vice president for strategic planning.

In his announcement of the appoint, Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM, President of Mount St. Mary College, said that “Mary Hinton has focused us on new ways to pursue planning and informal events…  During her two years at Mount Saint Mary College, she has overseen strategic planning, academic assessment, institutional research and retention efforts. She has overseen the development of the Center for Student Success, focused on college-wide retention efforts including academic coaching, advising, developmental courses, tutoring and the Higher Education Opportunity Program.”


In the announcement, Mackin also points out that: “Prior to serving at Mount Saint Mary College, Mary was at Misericordia University where she held multiple positions including associate VP of academic affairs, assistant professor in religious studies, and chief planning and diversity officer… Dr. Hinton has taught in the graduate programs at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry and in the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Program. Hinton serves on several national boards including the Association for General and Liberal Studies; the Religious Education Association; and, is the Regionally Elected Coordinator of the American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Region where she has also served as president.”

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer 2013 is under way! Still time to enroll in GSRRE on-line and intensive on campus courses



The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education is in the midst of another record Summer for enrollment and course offerings.  Our on-campus courses are only one week intensives.  There is still time to enroll in courses coming up in June and July - including the upcoming course on the New Evangelization with Dr. Tom Beaudoin and Dr. C. Colt Anderson.  For more information, click here.

Dr. Tom Beaudoin presents at the College Theology Society



GSRRE's Dr. Tom Beaudoin presented a paper on his ongoing research at the annual meeting of the College Theology Society this weekend at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. His paper, "Teaching Theology in an Atmosphere of Deconversion," was presented in tandem with a paper by Fordham's Dr. Patrick Hornbeck of the Department of Theology. It is part of their ongoing research project, "Varieties of Deconversion in Roman Catholicism."

New Article on Liturgical Reform by Fr. John Baldovin, SJ - GSRRE visiting professor for Spring 2014

A great article by Fr. John Baldovin, SJ, just appeared in America on "The Progress of Reform:  The Liturgy since 1965" America 5/27/13.  Fr. Baldovin will be teaching a course for us in GSRRE in The Spring 2014 semester entitled:  Liturgical Theology.  Registration for Spring 2014 will open in October of this year.  Enjoy the article here