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  • 10/18/2022 8:49 AM | Paul Damian Murray

    The Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University has launched a £400,000 postgraduate scholarship fund in partnership with The Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) to mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of the FCJ Society. 

    Funded over the next four years, the Sisters want to enhance their apostolic outreach and to support ministries which are aligned with the FCJ charism, ethos and the calls of their 2019 General Chapter.

    The partnership with the CCS continues the Sisters’ dedication to education and chimes with one of the CCS’s stated aims, to form outstanding theologians and scholars of Catholicism who will shape the future from the richness of Catholic tradition in the church, academy, and public life.

    Sr Bríd Liston fcJ, Area Leader, commented: “it is good to be able to support the development of students in the CCS, Durham University, given the commitment of the FCJ Society to education in the North East of England, particularly in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, for over one hundred and fifty years.”

    Scholarship applications are open to all (subject to usual Durham University eligibility criteria), and encouraged among those hoping to pursue postgraduate research across broad themes aligned to the FCJ Chapter calls: ‘Compassionate Action’, and ‘Care for Our Common Home’.  

    Founded in 2007, the CCS at Durham University represents a creative partnership between academy and church: a centre within the pluralist, public academy for critically constructive Catholic studies of the highest academic standing. The CCS offers a wide-range of scholarships and bursaries funded by a number of partner congregations, organisations and individuals.

    For more information on CCS Scholarships and Bursaries please visit: 

    More information

    For more information, please contact:

    Prof Paul Murray, CCS Director: +44 (0) 7834567792

    Tim Guinan, CCS Development Executive: +44 (0) 7771500808

    Theresa Phillips, CCS Administrator: +44 (0) 7840854865

    Sr Bríd Liston fcJ, Area Leader: +353 (0) 1 492 4093. Office: +353 (0) 1 492 4044

    Related links:

  • 10/14/2022 11:19 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA prays for member Thomas L. Schubeck, S.J. who died yesterday, October 13, 2022.

    Tom, Professor Emeritus, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, at John Carroll University's  focused his work in the area of social ethics, specializing in the ethics of Latin American Liberation Theology and the relationship of love to justice in social ethics, as well as the theological/psychological dimensions of hope.  He worked and wrote on pastoral work in prison ministry and racial justice (JCU website; see

    May Tom, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  • 10/11/2022 3:15 PM | Neomi D. DeAnda

    Chisme Symposium 2022 provides two pre-recorded videos to an ongoing conversation thinking about gossip, what is not talked about, scriptures and scripturalizing and chisme as a theological language del pueblo. These may be some of the spaces and places not attended by the synodal processes. Visit and (directed to same site) for more on this topic.

  • 10/07/2022 12:05 PM | Cecilia Titizano

    Many native and Indigenous communities across what today is known as the Americas share a deep appreciation for their cultures, identities, and Christian faith. Despite the brutality of colonial Christianity, many find strength in Christ and continue to fight for a dignified place in the Catholic Church called to recognize her indigenous roots in this continent. The Virgin of Guadalupe, the Taino Cacique Enriquillo, and the Mohawk Saint Catherine Tekakwitha speak of this historical reality. On October 10, Indigenous Peoples Day, let’s honor the depths of their cosmologies that speak of an interconnected world full of relatives, all God’s children called into ethical relationships.

    Cecilia Titizano, Ph.D.

  • 10/04/2022 12:27 PM | Erin Lothes Biviano

    The Laudato Si' Movement announces the release of the feature documentary The Letter, produced by Oscar-winning Off the Fence Productions in collaboration with Laudato Si’ Movement and the Vatican, released by YouTube Originals. The film brings to life the transformative vision of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, to inspire lasting action for our common home. 

    The film premieres at the Vatican in Synod Hall, Tuesday, October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis.

    The film features Pope Francis and diverse stories from India, Senegal, Hawaii, and the Brazilian Amazon. Each of these local leaders represents a voice that is not being heardthe voice of wildlife, the voice of the Indigenous, the voice of the youth, and the voice of the poor. The film follows these people coming together in dialogue with each other and with Pope Francis as they find unity in their distinct worldviews and strength in our common values. 

    The film is downloadable and is an excellent resource for classes, campus ministry, environmental clubs, service organizations, mission groups, and Board of Trustee retreats.

    You can view the trailer here

  • 10/03/2022 7:41 PM | Anonymous

    CTSA members are eligible for a 30% discount on the individual subscription rate for Theological Studies. Through this arrangement, the journal wishes to continue its long standing support for the CTSA, and, as always, it welcomes submissions from the CTSA community. Should CTSA members wish to take advantage of this discount, please contact the North American office in Thousand Oaks, CA at (805) 499-0721, option #1, then option #1 again.

    Christopher Steck, S.J.
    Theological Studies

  • 10/03/2022 1:13 PM | Christopher Pramuk

    CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Eighteenth General Meeting International Thomas Merton Society – June 22-25, 2023 Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, Indiana “Sophia Comes Forth, Reaching.” Deadline extended to Oct 31. 

    Session formats include:

    1. Scholarly Papers designed for presentation in twenty minutes for an audience of academics and non-academics.

    2. Workshops designed for presentation in ninety minutes to involve interactive participation incorporating adult learning strategies and/or small group discussion.

    3. Creative/Dramatic Presentations designed for presentation in ninety minutes using music poetry, dance or other media to provide insight into aspects of Merton’s life or work.

    4. Guided Meditation/Prayer Sessions designed for presentation in ninety minutes, particularly those using Merton’s writings as a framework for prayer and meditative reflection.

    Proposals of no more than 250 words and a short biographical statement (one to two sentences) should be submitted by October 15, Oct 31, 2022 by e-mail attachment to or by mail to: ITMS 2023, Thomas Merton Center, Bellarmine University, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205 USA. See full details at the link below.

  • 09/30/2022 7:34 AM | Francis X Clooney, SJ (Administrator)

    Good morning. Maddison Reddie-Clifford, Executive Secretary of INSeCT, has asked us CTSA members to take note of two important lectures on October 12. See below information on the October 12 lectures and how to register. The October 12 lectures are explained in more detail at the link Maddison gives, as is the whole series. I told Maddison, and INSeCT President Ruben (Sonny) Mendoza, that we would all take note of this series - any maybe even attend by Zoom, despite the difficult spread of time zones (eg, the lectures will be at 3am Boston time!)

    The CTSA of the future will thrive all the more insofar as we engage in real and regular conversation with our colleagues in all parts of the world, so let us pray and think with INSeCT as this series proceeds.

    Frank Clooney, SJ (CTSA President)

    The International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT)

    cordially invites you 

    to its online lecture series

    with the theme,

    “Decolonizing Theologies, Decolonizing the World.”

    The lectures will be held on 12 October 2022, Wednesday, 0700 GMT/UTC (0900CEST Germany / 0800WAT Nigeria  / 1230IST India / 1500PHST Manila / 1800AEDT Melbourne / 0000PDT LA / 0300EDT NYC / 0400BRT Rio de Janeiro).  

    Kindly register in advance for the webinar:

    Sincerely, Maddison Clifford, INSeCT Executive Secretary

  • 09/26/2022 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Jessica Coblentz and Daniel P. Horan, OFM, eds., The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Reexamining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications (Orbis Books, 2022).

    Kevin C. Baxter & David E. DeCosse, eds., Conscience & Catholic Education: Theology, Administration, & Teaching (Orbis Books, 2022).

    Richard R. Gaillardetz, Thomas H. Groome, and Richard Lennon, eds., Priestly Ministry and the People of God: Hopes and Horizons (Orbis Books, 2022).

    Roger Haight, S.J., The Nature of Theology: Challenges, Frameworks, Basic Beliefs (Orbis Books, 2022).

    Stan Chu Ilo, ed., Handbook of African Catholicism (Orbis Books, 2022).

    Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Pope Benedict XVI: The Significance of His Theological Vision (Paulist Press, 2022).

    Elizabeth T. Vasko and Lyndsie Ferrara, True Crime and the Justice of God: Ethics, Media, and Forensic Science  (Orbis Books, 2022).


  • 09/26/2022 3:24 PM | Kevin P. Considine

    The Robert J Schreiter, CPPS, Institute for Precious Blood Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union invites contributions to a symposium focused on a praxis of reconciliation, rooted in Schreiter’s groundbreaking work, that examines reconciliation through the lenses of trauma, culture, and spirituality.

    Our symposium, A Praxis of Reconciliation: Trauma, Culture, & Spirituality, will explore opportunities and challenges for interculturally recognizing, narrating, and healing various manifestations of trauma in praxes of reconciliation and restorative justice.  Schreiter’s work balanced scholarly rigor with practical effectiveness and spiritual guidance and this symposium will continue in that pathway.  Each panel will be composed of one established scholar, one artist or practitioner, and one graduate student or young scholar, each of whom will do a presentation on their understanding of their session’s topic through their own work and then a facilitator will bring everyone into mutually constructive dialogue. 

    The event will take place at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago on May 12-13, 2023.  Keynote remarks will be offered on the night of May 12 by Dr. Susan Abraham. May 12 will bring a daylong conversation among symposium participants and May 13 will bring a half-day conversation and a site visit.  That conversation will be organized into four topical seminar-style sessions.

    We invite papers from current graduate students and recent Ph.D. recipients (5 years or less) in theology, philosophy, peace studies, psychology, humanities, the arts, ethics, politics, sociology, or any allied field. Proposals must be submitted no later than November 15, 2022. All papers should be conversant with Schreiter’s work on Reconciliation and seek to engage in mutually-informative and mutually-critical dialogue for the purpose of better understanding and assisting in the work of healing the wounds of trauma. Authors selected for participation will be notified no later than December 15th, 2022. Draft papers should be submitted no later than March 31st, 2023.

    For consideration, paper proposals must be submitted to no later than November 15, 2022 containing the following information:

    • ·         Author(s) name(s) and contact information
    • ·         Year of Ph.D. or graduate student status
    • ·         Title and an abstract no longer than 250 words

    Each accepted symposium participant will be awarded a stipend of $500 to help defray travel and lodging expenses.

    Please direct questions for clarification to

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