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What's New with the Sacred Heart Faculty (Winter 2021-22)

Learn about the far-reaching and impactful accomplishments, honors, publications, and presentations of Sacred Heart faculty members this year

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Dr. Patricia Cooney-Hathaway, professor of spiritual and systematic theology, was awarded the 2021 Catholic Media Association Third Place, Theology Award for her book, Sex and the Spiritual Life: Reclaiming Integrity, Wholeness and Intimacy. She presented “Navigating Impasse Experiences in the Time of Covid,” The Rose Mass Ethics Lecture on behalf of the Archdiocese of Detroit Bioethics Committee. She published “Sexuality: The Risk and Challenge of Vulnerability,” in Human Development magazine (Fall Issue, 2021). She wrote “Sexuality, Spirituality and Priestly Formation,” for the second volume of Clerical Sexual Misconduct: vol. II, A Foundational Conversation, edited by Dr. Jane Adolphe (Ave Maria Law School).

Dr. Robert Fastiggi, the Bishop Kevin M. Britt Chair of dogmatic theology and Christology, co-authored—along with Ligia Castaldi and Jane Adolphe—“Civil Divorce and the Catholic Lawyer: Answers to Some Common Moral Questions” in Catholic Social Science Review, Vol. 26 (2021). Dr. Fastiggi gave a talk entitled “Humani Generis: Its Historical Context and Ongoing Significance” for the St. Anselm College Metaphysics Conference held in Manchester, NH (June 16, 2021). He gave a presentation on "Marian Co-redemption and Petitions for a New Dogma: The State of the Question" for the English-language session of the Congress of the Pontifical Marian Academy International, which was held online (September 9, 2021). He presented a paper on “Mary in the Liturgical Year: Pre-conciliar and Post-conciliar Expressions” for the conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana (September 25, 2021).

Fr. Charles Fox, vice rector and dean of seminarian formation, gave a talk entitled “Renewing My Vocation” at the Spring Retreat for Moderators of Families of Parishes at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, Detroit. He published “What Direction Does the Church Give to Homilists” in Homiletic and Pastoral Review and “My Flesh for the Life of the World: Ronald Knox On the Mass as a Sacrifice” in Catholic World Report. He was interviewed in the National Public Radio story, “Catholic Bishops Consider Whether Pro-Choice Politicians Should Be Denied Communion” (aired June 15, 2021).

Dr. Oana Maria Gotia, professor of moral theology and Catholic social teaching, had “Beauty and the meaning of shame in the Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II” (English), published in Człowiek – rodzina – naród. Przesłanie św. Jana Pawła II (Polish) by M. Pokrywka (ed.), (Wydawnictwo KUL, Lublin 2021, pp.41-53). She co-edited the Italian book: È necessario ricordare. 100 Anni dalla nascita di Giovanni Paolo II [It is necessary to remember. 100 years from the birth of John Paul II], (Cantagalli, Siena, 2021). She co-edited P. Mazurkiewicz’s L’identità dell’Europa nel contesto di Migrazione (The identity of Europe in the context of migration) [Italian], (S. Grygiel - O. Goția (ed.), Cantagalli, Siena, 2021). Her article “The Fascination of Chastity” has been published in the Italian book by S. Kamposwski & JJ. Perez-Soba, Festschrift in onore del Prof. Mons. Livio Melina, (Cantagalli, Siena, 2021, pp.143-157).

Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture, gave a faculty retreat day at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN (Aug. 26, 2021). She presented a workshop and a plenary session talk at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary (Sept. 6-9). She spoke on the Gospels at clergy study days for the dioceses of Helena (Sept. 27-28), New Ulm (Oct. 19), and Gary (Oct. 26). 

Dr. Daniel Keating, professor of theology, gave a seven-session conference entitled “Encountering Scripture for Preaching” for a Deacon’s Conference, Abbey of the Hills, South Dakota (May 13-16). He co-authored a book with Gordon Demarais: Called to Christian Joy and Maturity: Forming Missionary Disciples. He addressed a FOCUS summer program in Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands on “The Riches of the Eucharist.” (July 18-21)

Dr. Ralph Martin, professor of theology and director of graduate programs in the new evangelization, had a Polish translation of A Church in Crisis: Pathways Forward published (September 2021). He presented on the book’s themes at an international conference co-sponsored by the Pontifical Gregorian University and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, under the Patronage of the Theological Sciences Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He gave three presentations at the annual Clergy Convocation for the Diocese of Richmond, VA and presented at a Catholic Men’s Conference for all the dioceses of Connecticut in New Britain, CT.

John M. McDermott, S.J., professor of theology, published "The Centrality of the Eucharist” in Antiphon, Vol. 28, Issue 2 (2021).

Dr. Edward Peters, Edmund Cardinal Szoka Chair of faculty development, provided the canon law segment for the “All Belong: Inclusion in Ministry” video series being produced by the Disabilities Ministry Leadership Council of the Archdiocese of Detroit. His review of Stephen Doktorczyk’s, Persistent Disobedience to Church Authority: History, Analysis, and Application of Canon 1371, appeared in The Jurist Vol. 77 (2021). He continues to serve as a peer reviewer for various scholarly publications. 

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