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Sacred Heart Faculty Fall 2022 Updates

Sacred Heart's renowned professors celebrate book releases, speaking engagements, conference appearances, and more.

by Editorial Team

Fr. Pieter van Rooyen, assistant professor of theology, published “The Church Is Holy: Perspective and Hope from St. Augustine,” Catechetical Review (8.2); taught a mini-course, “Seven Capital Vices” Missionaries of Charity, Toluca, Mexico; and led an eight-day retreat for the Missionaries of Charity in Toluca, Mexico. 

Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology, wrote the Foreword to the 6th edition of A Short Treatise on the Virgin Mary by René Laurentin (The Catholic University of America Press, 2022). He also published “Suárez, the Natural Law, and the Limits of Religious Freedom,” Filosofia Unisinos, Journal of Philosophy Vol. 23 (2), 2022; “Humani Generis: Its Historical Context and Ongoing Significance,” The Saint Anselm Journal Vol. 17 No. 2, Spring 2022; and “Mary and the New Evangelization” in Motown Evangelization: Sharing the Gospel of Jesus in Detroit Style, (Pickwick Publications, 2022). On June 25, 2022, he gave a paper on “The Definition of Tyranny” at a meeting in Rome sponsored by the International Catholic Jurists Forum. On June 27, 2022, he attended a program at the Grand Mosque in Rome commemorating the 800th anniversary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt. 

Dr. Kevin Clarke, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, published Patristic Spirituality: Classical Perspectives on Ascent to the Divine, Studies in Theology and Religion 30 (Brill, 2022). He published “Biblical Love, Insatiable Satisfaction, and Deification in Maximus the Confessor,” in Patristic Spirituality (Brill, 2022), “Προοικονομία in Melito: Allegorical Biblical Exegesis in the Early Christian Liturgy,” in Scrinium: Journal of Patrology and Critical Hagiography 18.1, 2022, and “'Born from a Woman': Unveiling the Marian Mystery beneath Paul’s Allegory in Galatians 4” Irish Theological Quarterly 87.4, (2022).

Dr. Edward Peters, Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair of Faculty Development, participated in an intensive oral Latin program sponsored by the Familia Sancti Ieronimi at the Holy Hill Shrine near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25-30. He continues his service as an anonymous peer reviewer for various canonical journals and reviews.

Dr. Ralph Martin, professor of theology and director of graduate programs in the new evangelization, spoke at the Annual Retreat for Friars of the Renewal in Philadelphia, PA, April 18-21; the Regional Priests Conference at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Austin, TX, April 25-28; the Annual Clergy Convocation for the Diocese of San Jose, CA, May 9-12; at various retreats and speaking events for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in London, York, and other locations throughout the United Kingdom, May, 29-June, 5; and the Regional Priests Conference at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Wheeling, WV, July 18-22. 

Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture, spoke at a retreat for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA, Aug. 8-9. She gave a keynote on “The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of Evangelization” at the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference, Aug. 25, and spoke on “The Eucharist and the Christian Life” and “Evangelization of the Family and by the Family” at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, Wichita, KS, Aug. 6-7. She gave a talk on the Eucharist and healing at the Fargo Eucharistic Conference, Sept. 24. She published “Homosexuality in the Pontifical Biblical Commission Document What Is Man?” in Biblical Annals, 12/3 (2022).

Fr. Charles Fox, Vice Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation, accompanied the Theology I-III classes to many holy sites in Assisi, Florence, Orvieto, and Rome on the seminary’s annual pilgrimage in May. He published “Jesus is the answer to which every life—including unborn life—is the question,” Detroit Catholic, June 26, 2022. He wrote several articles for Catholic World Report, including: “Praying the Liturgy of the Hours during the season of Lent,” March 4, 2022; “My peace I give to you: Ronald Knox on the Eucharist and the gift of peace,” May 22, 2022; and “St. Thomas and the Sacrament of Charity,” June 16, 2022.

Dr. André Villenueve, associate professor of Old Testament and biblical languages, presented several talks: “Divine Marriage from Eden to the End of Days,” at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, July 2022; “Narratives of Motherhood in Scripture,” at the Truth of Love Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, July 2022; “The Way, the Truth, and the Life: A Theological Framework for the Restoration of the Human Person in the Offices of Priest, Prophet, and King,” and “Israel between Past, Present, and Future,” for the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, Italy, June 2022. He served at the Unbound priests retreat for Renewal Ministries, Cameroon, July 2022.

Dr. Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, professor of theology and philosophy, co-authored with his wife, Megan Wallenfang Shoeless: Carmelite Spirituality in a Disquieted World, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2021. He also published, iGod: A Hidden and Fragmentary Autobiography, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2021, and Emmanuel: Levinas and Variations on God with Us, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2021. He co-authored with John C. Cavadini, Global Perspectives on the New Evangelization, Motown Evangelization: Sharing the Gospel of Jesus in a Detroit Style, Vol. 4, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022, and Roots: Catholic Youth Evangelization in a Post-Pandemic World, Vol. 5, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022

Fr. John Michael McDermott, SJ, professor of theology, published, “The Centrality of the Eucharist,” Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, 25/2 (2021): 211-44 and “The Christian Meaning of Suffering,” Nova et Vetera (English edition), 20/2 (2022): 373-402. A slightly shorter version of this article is published as “Suffering and the New Evangelization,” in Motown Evangelization, ed. J. Cavadini and D. Wallenfang (Eugene: Pickwick, 2022): 57-81.

Dr. Philip Blosser, professor of philosophy, gave a Zoom presentation, "Natural Law and Abortion," to the national Homeschool Connections Students for Life group on June 11, 2022; participated in an intensive oral Latin program sponsored by the Familia Sancti Ieronimi at the Holy Hill Shrine near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 25-30; contributed a chapter entitled “Scheler’s Critique of Kant’s Ethical Formalism,” to The Legacy of Max Scheler, ed. Eric J. Mohr and J. Edward Hackett, Marquette, WI: Marquette University Press, to appear fall of 202”2; and co-authored with C. A. Sullivan, “Speaking in Tongues: A Critical Historical Examination, vol. 1: The Modern Redefinition of Tongues, to appear fall of 2022.

Dr. Peter Williamson, Adam Cardinal Maida Chair in Sacred Scripture, gave an intensive course to seminarians on the Apostle Paul and the New Evangelization at St. Willibrord’s Seminary of the Haarlem-Amsterdam Diocese, April 4-8. He gave three lectures on the Deutero-Pauline Letters at the Catholic Bible Institute of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, March 12. He gave lectures at the Summer Scripture Conference at Mundelein Seminary on the following topics: “What Does the Catholic Church Believe about Scripture and What Are the Implications for Interpretation?; “Principles of Catholic Interpretation;” “Interpreting Scripture for the Life and Mission of the Church—the Ministry of the Word,” June 23 and 24. 

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