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Sacred Heart Faculty Spring 2023 Updates

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

by Editorial Team

Dr. Mary Healy, Professor of Sacred Scripture, gave five talks on Scripture and evangelization to clergy of the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, Oct. 4-6. She led a weekend of recollection at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, Oct. 28-30, and a day of recollection at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, Nov. 1, and at Pope St. John XXIII Seminary, Boston, Mass achusetts, Jan. 8. She gave talks on “Jesus the Healer” and “For Such a Time as This” at the FOCUS SEEK conference, St. Louis, Missouri, Jan. 5. Her article “A Synoptic Look at the Failures and Successes of Post-Vatican II Liturgical Reforms,” co-authored with John Cavadini and Thomas Weinandy, was published in Church Life Journal, Dec. 1, 2022.

Dr. Kevin Clarke, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, published “Maximus the Confessor’s Anti-Severan Polemics in the Opuscula,” Studies in Maximus the Confessor’s Opuscula theologica et polemica: Papers Collected on the Occasion of the Belgrade Colloquium on Saint Maximus, Vladimir Cvetković and Alex Leonas, eds., Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia 89 (Brepols, 2022), 105–126. He gave several presentations: “Entering the Veil with Hebrews: Innovating a Fleshly and Living Way,” virtual lecture, Monastero di San Benedetto in Monte, Norcia, Italy, Dec. 9, 2022; “The Spiritual Senses and the “Complete Act” of Scripture: Henri de Lubac’s Recovery of the Mystical in Serious Exegesis,” Catholicity as Gift and Task: The Fiftieth Anniversary of Communio, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, New York, Oct. 1, 2022; and “The Holy Trinity and Patristic Exegesis: How the Fathers Interpreted the Scriptures in a Trinitarian Key,” Sacred Liturgy Conference, plenary address, Billings, Montana, Sept. 14, 2022.

Father Charles Fox, Vice Rector and Dean of Seminarian Formation, gave a talk entitled “The Holy Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life” at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park, Michigan on Dec. 10, 2022. He published several articles in Catholic World Report, including, “When and How Should Deacons and Priests Preach on Abortion,” “On the Ten Years of the Apostolic Labors of St. Paul Street Evangelization,” and “O Holy Night!” He preached at Holy Mass for the 10th anniversary of St. Paul Street Evangelization at St. Mary’s Parish, Royal Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Ralph Martin, Professor of Theology and Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization, gave a talk on “A Man’s Call to Holiness” at the Scranton Catholic Men’s Conference, Scranton, Pennsylvania., Oct. 7-8. He gave talks at the Clergy Convocation for the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, Oct. 19-21, the Seminary Retreat for St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania., Nov. 11-12, and the West Coast Clergy Convocation, Napa, California, Jan. 2-5. He received the “Defending the Faith Award” along with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller and Dr. Mary Ann Glendon at the Caritas in Veritate Awards Ceremony, Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 13-15.

Dr. Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, Professor of Theology and Philosophy, published “The Abandoned: Toward a Christocentric Phenomenology of Prayer,” Church Life Journal, Oct. 14, 2022. He produced a podcast episode, “Pope Francis and the Universal Call to Holiness,” for his Catholic Fragments podcast, Jan. 4, 2023. He was interviewed on “Servant Leadership in the Church and Beyond,” Christian Circle Podcast with Dr. Pamela Fernandes, Jan. 16, 2023. He gave a presentation on “Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the Eucharist: Where Adoration Meets Gratitude,” for the Rooted Formation Series, National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak, Michigan, Nov. 16, 2022, and “The Origin and History of Eucharistic Adoration,” Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Regis Catholic Church, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Oct. 13, 2022.

Dr. Philip Blosser, Professor of Philosophy, co-authored with Charles A. Sullivan, Speaking in Tongues: A Critical Historical Examination, vol. 1: The Modern Redefinition of Tongues (Sept. 2022), and presented a paper, “On Evil and Privation,” at a conference honoring John Crosby on the occasion of his retirement at Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, Nov. 10-12, 2022.

Dr. Daniel Keating, Professor of Theology, spoke to staff on “Working Together as a Team,” St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sept. 13, 2022. He gave several talks: “Understanding Gender Ideology: Making a Positive Response,” St. Joseph Parish, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Sept. 19, 2022; “The Adventure of Discipleship,” St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Elyria, Ohio, Oct. 23, 2022; and “Bible Study and Praying with Sacred Scripture,” Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Dec. 3, 2022.

Dr. Edward N. Peters, Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair of Faculty Development, reviewed Be Opened! The Catholic Church and Deaf Culture for The Jurist by Marlana Portolona, (2022) and contributed four titles to The Catholic World Report survey of “The most important books by Pope Benedict XVI,” Jan. 2023.

Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of Dogmatic Theology and Christology, helped organize a conference in Rome entitled “A Response to the Pontifical Academy for Life’s Publication, Etica teologica della Vita. Scrittura, tradizione, sfide pratiche, Dec. 8-10, 2022. Several other Sacred Heart Major Seminary professors participated in this conference either in person or remotely. Dr. Fastiggi is the co-editor and contributor to a volume entitled Clerical Sexual Misconduct: A Foundational Conversation (St. Louis: EnRoute Books & Media, 2023). He wrote the foreword to Rational Responses to Skepticism by Dr. Dennis Bonnette (St. Louis: EnRoute Books & Media, 2022), and he published “Marian Coredemption and Mediation at Vatican II” in Ecce Mater Tua Vol. 7 (January, 2023). 

by Editorial Team

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