Some recent news from the Department's faculty:

Dr. Tom Dickens has had an article accepted for publication in Theology Today. It is entitled, “Living Upside Down: Inverting Consumerism’s Notion of Freedom.”  The abstract:  "Pope Francis’s efforts to reduce the worst effects of global climate change can be enhanced by recourse to some of Augustine’s insights into excessive self-love; by criticizing consumerism’s ideal of freedom as the absence of constraint with the help Michael Sandel and David Kelsey; and by identifying resources in Augustine, Francis, and Sandel for how to envision forms of life that, by enacting a deeper, bounded freedom, are healthier for humanity and for the rest of the planet.”

Fr. Dennis Tamburello continues to work as a Catholic delegate to the Reformed-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the U.S., representing the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This round of the dialogue is focusing on issues of ecclesiology (the church), particularly issues surrounding ministry and authority. The dialogue team had its final meeting on October 15-17, 2017 in Washington D.C., when it finalized a document that is being prepared for approval by all of the churches involved in the Dialogue: the U.S. Catholic church, Presbyterian Church U.S.A., the United Church of Christ, the Reformed Church of America, and the Christian Reformed Church of North America.

Fr. Dennis also published a brief article on "Laudato Si and Its Relevance for Student Affairs" in Student Life in Catholic Higher Education: Advancing Good Practice, edited by Sandra M. Estanek et al., and published by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

On September 23, 2017, Fr. Dennis was a co-presenter with the Rev. Dr. Allan Janssen at New Brunswick Theological Seminary on the topic: "True Confessions: Reformed and Roman Catholic Reflections on the Reformation on its 500th Anniversary.' The program will be reprised at Siena on Nov. 15 at 7:00 pm in the Maloney Great Room.

Dr. Peter Zaas contributed the Introduction and Annotations to the Letter to the Colossians in the revised and expanded edition of The Jewish Annotated New Testament, published by Oxford University Press.

On October 15 and 16, the Hayyim and Esther Kieval Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies presented its annual Fall Colloquium on the topic "Teaching Our Children About the Holocaust."Our scholars in residence were:

  • Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Manhattan College
  • Dr. Daniel Reich, Curator and Director of Education, Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, St. Louis
  • Fr. David Bossman, Seton Hall University

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger was present on Monday to offer final greetings.