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In an excerpt from the just published memoir of the highly accomplished and respected Jesuit thinker, Jacques Dupuis, a memoir entitled Do Not Stifle the Spirit: Conversations with Jacques Dupuis, the Jesuit observes of his treatment by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “It was dishonest to add... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
We have become accustomed to the current political reality in the United States whereby previously seasoned diplomats, civil servants, cabinet officials and various factotums and underlings, to say nothing of supernumeraries, are dispatched at a whim, cast into the dark and unknown. This is not generally the case with the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
Most everyone on the planet knows something about the Star Wars saga. The original series that began in medias res—then the sequels and prequels that continue to feed our love of the “story”— speak to the visceral human longing for the epic narrative. Theologians have mined the saga for its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
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Last week I had the pleasure of reading to our Horizons at SHU students, an activity I look forward to each summer. Students and their teachers sat under the trees in the back of Melady Hall. Brother and sister, Sam and Erica, helped me read the book, Wings, a story... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
A recent article in The New York Times—“Cardinals on Opposite Sides of the Hudson Reflect Two Paths of Catholicism” (July 16, 2017)—neatly and credibly identifies the contrasting styles and personalities of the new Cardinal Archbishop of Newark, Joseph W. Tobin, with the seasoned Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy M.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
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SHU in Luxembourg celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, and I had the pleasure of participating in the festivities. It is hard to believe that we started the University there just a quarter century ago. I would like to thank Dean John Chalykoff and Dr. Alfred Steinherr for putting together... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
It was U.S. President Ronald Reagan who got serious about the Holy See. Persuaded, like his admiring ally British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, that the papacy of John Paul II was going to be critical to the dismantling of Soviet hegemony, he upgraded the status of the U.S. representative to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
In the last couple of weeks the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut announced the closure or clustering of some 100 parishes as part of a considered pastoral strategy marked by months of careful planning, consultation and bureaucratic preparedness. The only thing missing was imagination. Practical and pragmatic realignments of the status... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
I noticed with more than a little interest the feeling of satisfaction, elation really, on Paul Ryan’s face last week as the House of Representatives passed its legislation repealing Obamacare. Of course, before it becomes law, it must pass the Senate and that may prove more daunting than expected. The... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
There is a tradition in Catholic piety that reverences the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, the path Jesus took in Jerusalem on his way to execution. In recent years, the medieval tradition of the Stations of the Cross has been re-enacted by the Bishop of Rome as he wends... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
When the newly appointed papal nuncio to the United States, Christophe Pierre, was asked, following a public lecture on Pope Francis at Sacred Heart University, if the current pope had created many conversions, the archbishop was puzzled, but only for a moment. His response is illustrative of the continuing impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
It is a story of the two Maries, and it is as much inspiring as it is dispiriting. Actually, it is two discrete stories but linked by the personal courage of two women against intransigent authority. Marie-Julienne Farrington, now deceased, was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, its international... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
Last week Pope Francis said he was open to the possibility of the ordination of married men. But the crisis in the priesthood is about more than a dramatic fall in numbers. A fresh model of ministry is required, and in the life and work of Henri Nouwen we see... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
Many of the 50% plus white male Catholic voters in the last US election who helped elect Donald Trump were not unaware that this was a president who would shake things up—big time. After all, that was a major part of his appeal. But life on the Potomac is more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Pontifex Minimus
Check Back Soon To Read The Blogs Of Our Spring 2017 Luxembourg Study Abroad Student, Danielle! Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Luxembourg Study Abroad
Check Back Soon To Read The Blogs Of Our Spring 2017 Switzerland Study Abroad Student, Giovanna! Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Switzerland Study Abroad
Check back soon to read the blogs of our Spring 2017 Austria Study Abroad Student, Aaron! Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at Austria Study Abroad
This blog has been continued by the Library's News and Announcements blog --please go there for further books reviews. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at Books, etc.
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Let the countdown begin! In just three weeks, our Pioneers will be moving back to campus. I can’t wait to see all our students and begin another exciting academic year. As the school year approaches, the Horizons at SHU summer program has come to an end. The students were engaged... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
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This week I had the pleasure of reading to students enrolled in the Horizons at SHU enrichment program. It’s an annual event that I always look forward to. This year’s story was The Curious Garden, and they were a great audience. Afterwards, they took part in a dance party and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Dr. Petillo's Blog
Please check back soon to read the blogs of our Fall 2016 Germany Study Abroad student, Craig! Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Germany Study Abroad
The library will be closed Saturday, July 2nd - Monday, July 4th. It will reopen July 5th at 8:30am. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Library News & Notes
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Earlier this week, I shared the sad news that Melvin Gordils, a student in SHU’s physical therapy program, lost his life in a car accident over the holiday weekend. Since then, I have heard from many of you about the impact Melvin made on you as a student and a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Dr. Petillo's Blog