News and Features
Fr. John Ssenyondo, MCCJ, MA/MDiv 1991, was born on Christmas Day in 1958 in Masaka district, Uganda. A Comboni Missionary, he was ordained to the priesthood on August 3, 1991. An alumnus of CTU, he earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts degree in 1991. In 2008 he went to minister in parishes in the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where he also served Catholics from indigenous communities. At the end of April he was kidnapped by armed men as he returned home from celebrating a wedding.
Br. Ton Sison, CPPS, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, is now a regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). He will be contributing quarterly reviews of noteworthy releases from global cinema. His first piece will be published on the 21st of November in both the paper and online editions. Author of the book World Cinema, Theology, and the Human (Routledge, 2012), Ton is a theologian who pays attention to what the world is watching. He hopes to enrich readers' film rental queues.
Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Vatican, has appointed the Rev. Stephen Bevans, SVD, to a four-year term to the Commission on World Mission and Evangelization at the World Council of Churches (WCC). He is one of only four Catholics appointed to the Commission, which meets every 18 months. Fr. Bevans is the Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Professor of Mission and Culture at CTU.
Barbara E. Reid, OP, Vice President and Academic Dean of Catholic Theological Union (CTU), has been named the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA). The CBA was founded in 1936 and has over 1500 members, including Catholics, Protestants, and Jews from countries all over the world. Since 1939 it has published the premier scholarly journal, Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
In May 2014, Pauline Books & Media released a DVD featuring CTU alum Dr. Mary Amore, Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries, titled Eucharist: A Journey of Transformation, Healing, and Discipleship. In this three-part series, Dr. Amore invites the viewer to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist in three ways: by being interiorly transformed, spiritually healed, and renewed in discipleship. The video is ideal for faith formation groups, parish missions, and individual retreats.
On May 20, 2014, Australian Catholic University (ACU) will award an honorary doctorate to John Pawlikowski, OSM, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to Christian-Jewish relations. This award is the University's highest honor.
In addition, Professor Pawlikowski will be a featured speaker at ACU's International Theological Conference held May 26-29, 2014. He will dialogue with Rabbi John Levi, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, on contemporary religious and social issues in the context of interfaith relations.
On February 12, 2014, the Office of the Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, announced this year's recipients of the Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor for professional achievement and public service. President Emeritus Donald Senior, CP, was named in recognition of his contributions...