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  • 03/14/2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    CTSA member Robert L. Faricy, S.J. died on March 4, 2022. 

    A reflection of his life by the Jesuits USA Midwest Province follows:

    March 9, 2022                                                       Death of Fr. Robert L. Faricy, S.J.   

    Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Robert L. Faricy, S.J., who died on March 4, 2022 at St. Camillus Jesuit Community in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 95 years old. May he rest in peace.

    Bob was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on August 29, 1926. He was very proud of growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spending his summers at Steamboat Lake where his family operated a resort.  He attended St. Mark's Catholic grade school and St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul before graduating from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1949 with a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. Bob served in the U.S. Navy for one year (1949-1950). He entered the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus at St. Stanislaus Seminary in Florissant, Missouri, on August 8, 1950 and became part of the Wisconsin Province when it was created in 1955. He had the usual course of Jesuit studies at St. Stanislaus Seminary and St. Louis University. During Regency, Bob taught Math at Marquette High in Milwaukee (1956-1959). He studied Theology in Fourvière, Lyons, France. He was ordained at St. John's Cathedral in Lyons on September 1, 1962. After tertianship in Flanders, Bob completed a doctoral program in Theology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC. His dissertation topic was "Teilhard de Chardin and Christian Effort." He pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1967.

    Bob began his long career as a professional theologian by teaching for five years at the Catholic University of America (1966-1971). In 1971 he moved to the Gregorian University in Rome, where he taught until he was named Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology in 2000. Bob combined teaching and writing in Rome with an extensive, in practice world-wide, ministry of lectures and workshops in spirituality and charismatic renewal. He continued his spirituality ministry when he returned from Rome to reside in the Marquette University Jesuit Community as a writer and researcher in 2000. Bob was able to return to Rome often when he taught courses at Regina Mundi Institute (2002-2005). In 2012 declining health led to his being missioned to St. Camillus to pray for the Church and the Society.

    Bob was very proud of growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and spending his summers at Steamboat Lake where his family operated a resort. He was a proud 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and was honored to serve his country in the Navy (1949-1950).  

    He was a smart, talented, and complex man who did not avoid important, controversial matters. He was fluent in Italian and French. During his almost thirty years in Rome, Bob was known as a demanding and effective professor. Although Bob's doctoral dissertation was on the Theology of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, he later turned his focus to Spirituality and Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He co-authored more than 40 books about prayer with Sr. Lucy Rooney, S.N.D., Luciana Pecoraio, or Frank Sullivan, S.J. Throughout his Jesuit life, Bob was a strong promoter of Spirituality -- including time spent as director of tv programming at EWTN (1987-1988). 

    Bob helped establish the Heart of Jesus Community in Rome. Hearing of his death, some members wrote these tributes: 

    “Thank you for being an exemplary instrument of the Lord, exercising the charisms of the Holy Spirit in your priesthood and teaching us to use them for the common good.” 

     “You have been a Father different from all the others. You knew how to give love, laughing and joking.”

    Bob lived his life with passion and a certain exuberance. He was a man of strong convictions, action-oriented and always on the move. He found the diminishments of old age very challenging. But he turned peacefully towards the good and gracious Lord whom he loved. 

    Suffrages: As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through his life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose. All members of the USA Midwest Province and those applied to it are to offer one Mass intention for Bob. Members of the St. Camillus Jesuit Community will offer one additional Mass intention. All will wish to remember Bob in their prayers and Masses.

    Mass of Christian Burial: 

    Monday, March 28, 2022

    11:00 a.m.

    St. Camillus Jesuit Community

    10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.

    Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3541


    Mount Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee. 


    St. Camillus Jesuit Community

    c/o George E. Winzenburg, S.J.

    10201 W. Wisconsin Ave.

    Wauwatosa, WI 53226-3541


    Yours in Christ,

    Glen Chun, S.J.


    Authored by John Moriconi, S.J., with input from Patrick Burns, S.J. and George Winzenburg, S.J.

  • 02/28/2022 10:15 AM | Anonymous

    “The Great Waters of the Kingdom of Matter”: Faith, Religion, Science, and Reality


    Deadlines: Registration for in-person attendance: March 18th.

          Registration for virtual attendance: March 23rd. 

    Conference: Saturday, March 26, 2022

    Sponsored by 

    Lumen et Vita 

    The Graduate Journal of Theology

    School of Theology & Ministry

    Boston College

    Remote and virtual attendance and presenting are possible.

    The three best papers (as determined by a panel of judges) will each be awarded $400.  

    Prizes are generously funded by the Science for Seminaries initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.  Boston College’s School of Theology & Ministry received this grant under the leadership of Professor Jessica Black and Professor Dominic Doyle.  

    More information can be found here:

    This conference has also been generously supported by a grant from the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, of which Boston College School of Theology & Ministry is a member.

    More information on the BTI can be found here: 

    Keynote Speakers:  

    Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Ph.D.

    Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar

    School of the Environment & Yale Divinity School

    Yale University

    Dr. Michael Ferguson, Ph.D.

    Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School

    Lecturer on Neurospirituality, 

    Harvard Divinity School

    Neurospirituality Research Director

    Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics 

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

    “In the new humanity which is begotten today the Word prolongs the unending act of his own birth; and by virtue of his immersion in the world’s womb the great waters of the kingdom of matter  have, without even a ripple, been endued with life. No visible tremor marks this inexpressible transformation; and yet, mysteriously and in very truth, at the touch of the supersubstantial Word the immense host which is the universe is made flesh. Through your own incarnation, my God, all matter is henceforth incarnate.”

    -Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, “The Mass on the World” in Hymn of the Universe  (1961) 

    Faith, Religion, and Science are lenses for viewing reality.  Although religious belief and science have long been constructed as being in tension and conflict in Western society, they also work together cooperatively, with mutually-informing perspectives despite different commitments, frameworks, burdens, strengths, limitations, methods, or goals.  These tensions and differences in method, however, speak to one another creatively and lead to a greater understanding of reality.  Christian theologians have described Faith, Religion, and Reason as aspects of the human experience that assist in the pursuit of truth, and ultimately the search for God.  Theologians such as Teilhard have poetically and analytically tried to incorporate the perspectives of science into their theologies.  On the other hand, scientists such as Francis Collins (former director of the Human Genome Project and 2020 Templeton Prize Winner) have tried to reconcile personal religious faith with their research.  Following such prominent examples of dialogue between these two human areas of inquiry,  we seek further conversation and collaboration between these two methods and modalities for encountering reality.  Faith, Religion, and Science are embodiments of different human capacities that have much to learn from one another with their own particular perspectives.  Sometimes there have been misguided or mistaken attempts to combine them.  Lumen et Vita seeks to engage and promote learning (in theoretical realms of theology and science and in practical realms such as the social sciences and pastoral practice), dialogue, and collaboration in exploring how these lenses might be used in conjunction to further true knowledge of humanity, creation, and, ultimately, the Divine.   

    A tentative schedule:

    • (Continental) Breakfast until 9:30

    • 1st Keynote: Dr. Tucker: 9:30-10:30

    • Break: until 10:45

    • First set of two panels (concurrent): 10:45-12:00

    • Lunch: 12-1

    • Second set of two panels (concurrent): 1:15-2:30

    • 2nd Keynote: Dr. Ferguson: 2:45-3:45

  • 02/17/2022 10:31 AM | Anonymous

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  • 02/08/2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    The CTSA holds its investments with CBIS.  All members are welcome to sign up to attend CBIS' 30-minute webcast on February 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST).


    Join CBIS for a 30-minute webcast on February 23 to review the recently updated USCCB Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines.

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has updated its Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines for the first time in 18 years, with CBIS acting as project manager for the update.

    In this webcast, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of:

    • The process USCCB undertook to review and update the Guidelines
    • The notable attributes of the Guidelines, and
    • How the Guidelines reinforce CBIS’ approach to Catholic Responsible Investing

    Register for the event here.

    To learn more, download CBIS’ summary of the new investment restrictions and active ownership efforts under the updated Guidelines.


    CBIS Presents
    USCCB Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines Discussion

    February 23, 2022
    2:00 PM CST

    Raymond Burnell, Director of Catholic Responsible Investments, and
    Eric Bieniasz, CFA, Managing Director - Relationship Management

  • 02/04/2022 1:03 PM | Steven P. (Steve) Millies

    The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union invites contributions to a symposium focused on Cardinal Joseph Bernardin’s consistent ethic of life on Sept. 17-18, 2022.  Our symposium, Life, Solidarity, Fraternity: The Consistent Ethic in Light of Fratelli Tutti, will explore the consistent ethic of life as a social ethic in the light of Pope Francis’s social teachings. Pope Francis has offered a comprehensive view of social ethics not only with solidarity, social friendship, and “a better kind of politics” as we read about them in Fratelli Tutti, but also with Laudato Si’ vision of integral ecology and the bold response to the pandemic described in Let Us Dream. The common ground between Pope Francis’s social teaching and the consistent ethic of life are the primary topic of the symposium.

    Submissions are sought from current graduate students and recent Ph.D.'s in any applicable field.  Submissions from non-Catholic perspectives also are encouraged.

    A complete call for papers with details and a tentative symposium schedule can be found at  Direct questions to

  • 02/04/2022 8:26 AM | Miguel Diaz

    Pope Francis and students from around the world


    Loyola University Chicago reached out to the Head of Office of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, Dr. Emilce Cuda, to lead a dialogue on the synodal process that Pope Francis has invited the Church to undertake.

    Upon our suggestion, Dr. Cuda invited Pope Francis to personally participate in this dialogue. We are proud and excited to say that he accepted this invitation!

    This historic encounter between the Pope and university students from North, Central, and South America will address salient challenges of our times. The Pope will dialogue with these university students, highlighting the contributions of students who are themselves migrants and children of migrants. The students will share concrete educational projects that seek to justly transform environmental and economic realities and the manifold ways their educational commitments can contribute to integrate and empower existential peripheries.

    Loyola University of Chicago is honored to welcome Pope Francis, the first Jesuit and Latin American Pope, and university students from across the Americas committed to social justice, serving others, and finding God in all things.

    Please help us spread the word and encourage students to register for this unprecedented event and initiative among college and university students in the Americas. 

    Primary Contacts at Loyola University Chicago:

    Dr. Miguel Diaz, John Courtney Murray, S.J. University Chair in Public Service

    Dr. Michael Murphy, Director of the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

    Dr. Peter Jones, Interim Dean of the Institute of Pastoral Studies 

    Dr. Felipe Legarreta, Professor of Theology, Institute of Pastoral Studies 

    Media Coverage:

  • 02/02/2022 8:56 AM | Anonymous

    Synodal Process: We are a listening Church
    The Archdiocese of Seattle

    CTSA member Jaisy Joseph, Assistant Professor, Theology and Religious Studies, Seattle University, serves on the Archdiocescan Pastoral Council of Seattle and has been working with Archbishop Etienne and their team to create resources and to be part of listening sessions.  Jaisy wishes to share their website and an intro video that that they developed.  (Link to video provided below.)

    Let's journey together

    Pope Francis is calling for the largest consultation of the human family in history, including all of us in Western Washington.  Watch Archbishop Etienne and others explain how local parishes, ministries, and lay people will host listening sessions to prayerfully read the signs of the times, interpret them in the light of the Gospel, and then discern how the Holy Spirit is calling the Body of Christ to accomplish our mission here and now.


  • 02/01/2022 3:53 PM | Rufus Burnett, Jr.

    It is with great pleasure that we invite CTSA members to participate in the 11th World Forum on Theology and Liberation being held online June 6-9, 2022. The call for papers is now open and we welcome CTSA members to contribute. The link to the call for papers can be found below. 

    We would like to thank the CTSA leadership for their continued support in this effort of collaboration and exchange. 

    Call for Papers Link: WFTL 2022-Call For Contributions- 4 Languages


    Jaisy Joseph and Rufus Burnett, Jr.

    CTSA Representatives to the World Forum on Liberation and Theology   

  • 01/22/2022 7:38 AM | Anonymous

    Today, the CTSA remembers longstanding member Francine J. Cardman.

    May she rest in peace.

    Francine's Profile at Boston College (View here)

    Contribution to the CTSA convention in 1999:

    "The Praxis of Ecclesiology: Learning from the Donatist Controversy" CTSA Proceedings 54 (1999): 25-37. 

  • 01/20/2022 11:23 AM | Reginald Lynch, OP

    July 24 - July 30, 2022

    A graduate colloquium on Christ and the Holy Spirit in Aquinas and Bonaventure with Prof. Joseph Wawrykow. The Thomistic Institute’s graduate colloquia are intended to give a selection of emerging scholars from different PhD programs an opportunity to meet and work with other younger scholars that share their interests, and to benefit from the wisdom and formation of a senior scholar.

    During this colloquium, students will have the opportunity to study the relationship between Christology and Pneumatology in the thought of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure, and the conversations that contextualized their views in the surrounding scholastic environment of the thirteenth century.

    About the Speaker:

    A professor at the University of Notre Dame, Joseph Wawrykow began his studies at the University of Manitoba, where he completed a Masters degree in 1980.  Subsequently, he completed his PhD with a Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship and a Whiting Prize Fellowship at Yale University under the direction of George Lindbeck.  Professor Wawrykow began teaching at Notre Dame in 1986, where he continues to teach and pursue research projects.  

    Professor Wawrykow has taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in theology.  He regularly offers specialized research seminars for doctoral students on aspects of Aquinas’ thought such as grace and Christology and has directed many doctoral dissertations on Aquinas and other figures who shaped the theological development of the high medieval and scholastic West.  In 1999, he was designated a ‘Master Mentor’ by the Notre Dame Graduate School for his work with doctoral students, and his department has asked him to serve lengthy stints as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies (PhD).  In 2020, he was awarded by the Graduate School of the University of Notre Dame The James A. Burns, C.S.C. Award for outstanding faculty mentorship.  

    Professor Wawrykow’s first book, God’s Grace and Human Action: ‘Merit’ in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (University of Notre Dame Press, 1995), plays an influential role in scholarly conversations about Aquinas’ theological anthropology. His Westminster Handbook to Thomas Aquinas (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005) provides an indispensable reference work for scholars and students of Aquinas. He has edited volumes, such as Christ among the Medieval Dominicans, co-edited with Kent Emery (University of Notre Dame Press, 1999) and The Theology of Thomas Aquinas, co-edited with Rik Van Nieuwenhove (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005). In addition, he has published numerous scholarly articles and invited essays.

    This colloquium is open to current PhD students in philosophy, theology, and related fields. Attached to your application, please include a 500-word personal statement describing your current research and your reasons for applying to this colloquium.

    Successful applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship and room and board for the duration of the conference. A limited number of travel scholarships are also available for select students who do not have access to institutional funding for travel.

    Applications Close on March 31.

    For more information and to apply: 

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