Spring 2017 Newsletter

Theology Newsletter: Spring 2017

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Barry University’s Department of Theology and Philosophy promotes the ongoing search for truth and the practice of justice by interpreting the historical and contemporary world, engaging human experience, and responding to God’s revelation through the Catholic and Dominican traditions of reasoned analysis and faith.

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News and Events

Honors Induction Ceremony

Congratulations to our students who were recognized at the Honor Societies Induction Ceremony on April 26, 2017. Our six Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society undergraduate inductees were; Emma Anderson Beavers, Llona Kavege, Joseph Pacheco, Vincent Silvanio, Adianis Suarez, and Tiffany Wallace. Our Theta Alpha Kappa Theology Honor Society graduate inductee was; Sandra Wells. The Department also recognized and congratulated the members of the Ethics Bowl Team for their third place wins in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl and the 21st Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship. This year’s team included: Jessica Cousett, Presler Maxius, Kevin Dalia, Llona Kavege, Tiffany Wallace, Emma Anderson Beavers, Jared Puwaiski, Evan Swika-Post, Kirrin Tubo, Patrick Toomey, Alexi Sperling, and Isaac Maldonado. We are very proud of their academic excellence and their successful professional future as they go forth in their endeavors.

Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society

From left to right: Michael McKeon, PhD., Vincent Silvanio, Tiffany Wallace, Emma Anderson Beavers, Llona Kavege, Joseph Pacheco, Adianis Suarez, and Jessica Cousett

Theta Alpha Kappa Theology Honor Society

From left to right: Luis J. De Prada, Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD., and Sandra Wells

Ethics Bowl Team

From left to right: Sandra Fairbanks, PhD., Tiffany Wallace, Llona Kavege, Kirrin Tubo, Evan Swika-Post, Jessica Cousett, Jared Puwaiski, Presler Maxius, Kevin Dalia, Emma Anderson Beavers, and Joel Wilcox, PhD.


2017 Spring Commissioning and Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our student who were honored at the 2017 Spring Commissioning and Recognition Ceremony on May 5, 2017. Our Department is very proud of these 8 graduates as they go on in their professional journeys living out the many values and knowledge learned at Barry University. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree were Jessica Aliyah Cousett and Emma Anderson Beavers. Graduating with a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry degree were Luis J. De Prada and Alin Lacroix. Finally, graduating with a Doctor of Ministry degree were: Joseph J. Driscoll, Adam Becerra, fsp., Nelson Araque, and Luke Kalarickal Ulahannan, msfs. Once again congratulations to them and all those who supported them along the way. Thank you for entrusting us with your theological formation.

From left to right: Adam Becerra, Alin Lacroix, Joseph Driscoll, Nelson Araque, Luke Kalarickal Ulahannan, Jessica Cousett, and Luis J De Prada


2017 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence

The Department of Theology and Philosophy was honored to present the 2017 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence to Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, PhD.

The Department of Theology and Philosophy held their annual Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence event on Jan. 17, and Reid presented the lecture “The Party’s Over and the Quest for Truth Continues.” Reid’s lecture referenced the conclusion of the Jubilee for the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order and discussed the charism of seeking and preaching truth — a needed gift that Dominicans, students, and faculty at Dominican Colleges and Universities still offer the church and the world at the start of the next 800 years.

About the Recipient:

Reid is a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition to being vice president and academic dean at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, she is a professor of New Testament studies. Her books include “Wisdom’s Feast: A Introduction to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures,” “Abiding Word: Sunday Reflections for Year A, B, C” and “Taking Up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations Through Latina and Feminist Eyes.” She is past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of American (2004-2005) and holds a doctorate in Biblical studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

To view "The Party’s Over and the Quest for Truth Continues," please go to this link: http://barrylive.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/5c0e52f03a42424799ce0497ec3748d61d

Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence

Presentation of the 2017 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence and by Fr. Mark Wedig, OP, chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy.

Dr. Karen Callaghan and Sr. Barbara Reid, OP.

Students at the dinner: Luis De Prada, Robert Ramsingh and Angelo Kurbanali

DMIN students David Wood, Israel Diaz, Ana Jimenez and John DuyHuynh.

Sr. Barbara Reid's, OP book “Wisdom Feast” was sold at the event.

Sr. Barbara Reid, OP preparing for her lecture.

Book Signing

Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, Dr. Elsie Miranda and Fr. Jose Padilla, OP.

Sr. Barbara Reid, OP with DMin student Carlos Cueto.

DMin student Maria Cruz Cordoba.


Save the Date! Jan. 11, 2018

The Department of Theology and Philosophy is pleased to announce that the 2018 Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence recipient will be Dr. Richard Gaillardetz, Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology, Boston College. For more information, please contact vbailey@barry.edu.

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz


Interfaith Panel for Peace

Dr. Deena Grant, associate professor of theology, Hebrew scriptures, and the Rev. Richard Clements, doctor of ministry student and coordinator of retreats and faith formation, joined a panel discussion organized by Campus Ministry on perspectives on peace among the Abrahamic Traditions. Grant addressed Jewish views of peaceful coexistence; Clements addressed views of peace within the Christian tradition; and guest panelist Rabia Kahn of the Islamic Foundation of South Florida addressed views of peace presented in Islam.

The Rev. Richard Clements, Rabia Kahn, Dr. Deena Grant and
Fr. Cristóbal Torres, University Chaplain (moderator)


Dr. Elsie Miranda, associate professor of practical theology and director of formation, reflects on ACHTUS 2016.

Convening the 28th annual colloquium for the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians (ACHTUS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a great honor which I shared with distinguished Hispanic Latin@ theologians, scholars and friends from the U.S. and abroad. Led by the theme “Who do ustedes say that I am?” we began by remembering and lamenting the loss of one of our beloved founders, Virgilio Elizondo. Shortly thereafter, Raul Fornet Betancourt, a Cuban scholar from Munich, Germany, set the tone for our time together by leading us to reflect on our call as theologians to challenge the sensationalized and “de-souled” cultures that consume, discard and exploit — without self-awareness — our communal responsibility. Keeping with a Christological focus, our time together in San Juan was a blend of challenging engagement, with harsh local and global realities and rejuvenating exchanges with ideas that offered pragmatic and collaborative action. Our work together culminated at the banquet when we remembered and honored the memory of our beloved founder, Virgilio Elizondo, and then offered the Virgilio Elizondo Award to Jon Sobrino, SJ. As a community, we also recognized the Service of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (RSCJ) for their commitment to education of women, especially the poor in San Juan.

In my presidential address, I contextualized the theme of the conference by broadening interpretation of what Catholic Hispanic theology in the U.S. needs to be about — and that is breaking out of the borders that limit and diminish our capacity to include “the other” as a member of the body of Christ. To further emphasize this point, I used the prayer of Pedro Arupe, “Enamorate” or “Fall in Love,” to define our identity as friends of God and prophets. As Arupre says:

Nothing is more practical than finding God.
That is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will effect
everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings,
What you do with your evenings,
How you spend your weekends,
What you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and
What amazes you with joy & gratitude
Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.

I encouraged all of my friends and colleagues to continue to produce theology that was born of that love of God made manifest in the other, and I challenged us all as a Church to more emblematically respond to the question, “Who do ustedes say that I am with the courage and conviction” that awakens the world to the suffering of Christ in our midst.

I am grateful to my friends and colleagues at Barry University who contributed to the success of this colloquium, and I look forward to our ongoing work in the love of God.

Doctor of Ministry alumna Patricia Jimenez, Vince Olea and Fr. Jorge Presmanes


Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters

The Symposium book “Hispanic Ministry the 21st Century: Urgent Matters,” a fully bilingual text co-edited by Dr. Elsie Miranda, Hosffman Ospino and Brett Hoover, is now available through Convivium Press.

This book culminates a four-year process of attending to contemporary realities in the Church related to Hispanic Latino ministerial contexts. “Urgent Matters” is a collaborative effort that features the voice of two of our own DMin graduates, Dr. Hilda Mateo and Dr. Patricia Jimenez, as well as many other leaders who are dedicated to raising consciousness about Hispanic Latino realities in the U.S., while at the same time expanding opportunities and access that would further empower and support the Church’s pastoral and evangelizing mission.

It is the hope of the symposium steering committee that this book becomes a source of insight that spawns dialogue, action and transformation to ecclesial leaders working with and on behalf of the Hispanic Latino communities in the US. Copies have already been sent to U.S. Catholic bishops, National Hispanic ministry organizations and Catholic universities in hopes that there will be a broadening of commitment to attend to the needs of the U.S. Hispanic Church.


Fr. Charles Gerard Austin, OP.

Fr. Charles Gerard Austin, OP, Dominican Scholar in Residence in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, was awarded in January the 2017 Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy in Washington, D.C. This award recognizes Austin’s great contribution to the professional work of liturgy.

Congratulations, Fr. Jerry!

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Student News

The Ethics Bowl Team WINS big!

Barry University’s Ethics Bowl Team competed in the in the Southeast Regional Ethics Bowl competition and won third place. As a result of the Regional win, the team was one of 37 teams invited to compete in the 21st Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics annual conference in Dallas, Texas on Feb. 26.

The Department of Theology and Philosophy is proud to announce that the Ethics Bowl Team placed third in the 21st Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Championship. This year’s National’s team is Jessica Cousett, Presler Maxius, Kevin Dalia, Llona Kavege and Tiffany Wallace. Team coaches include Drs. Ruth Tallman, Sandra Fairbanks and Joel Wilcox.

Congratulations Ethics Bowl Team!

More information about the competition: http://appe.indiana.edu/ethics-bowl/ethics-bowl/


Jessica Cousett, philosophy major and ethics bowl team member, recruits for the Philosophy Club at the Barry University Majors and Minors Fair.


Barry University and the Department of Theology and Philosophy continue to partner with community organizations for Service Learning

The 201 Theology, Faith, Beliefs and Traditions: Last October, theology students welcomed recently resettled refugee families to Barry's main campus for a College Family Day as part of their service-learning course. The students participating in this activity were Elizabeth Munoz, Yobany Segovia, Mackenzie Shelton, Riccardo Testoni, and Felix Vega Pagan, who were enrolled in THE 201: Faith, Beliefs, and Traditions class taught by Sr. Mary Fran Fleischaker. The students welcomed the families to campus, and the group attended the women’s soccer match to engage the family in the college experience.

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Alumni News

Chaplain Captain Sergio A. Ramos obtained a Doctorate in Ministry from Barry University in 2014. Ramos is an ordained minister in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the U.S., and he has pastored churches in Latin America and the states since 1998. Ramos provides spiritual and pastoral care to airmen and their families, and conducts and administers worship, liturgies, rites and services. He also provides counseling, spiritual resiliency training and chaplain corps briefings to leaders. He was commissioned as a chaplain in July of 2015. Ramos currently serves as chaplain for the 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB, California.

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Faculty Highlights

Marc Lavallee, PhD, assistant professor of practical theology

Dr. Lavallee was appointed director of the Doctor of Ministry program after serving as director of the MAPRTM program for two years. He was elected to the founding editorial board of the new refereed academic journal, Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice, and was also elected to serve for three years on the steering committee of the Practical Theology Group within the American Academy of Religion. Lavallee’s forthcoming article on Catholic spirituality and practical theology in the International Journal of Practical Theology is due out in November.


José-David Padilla, OP, STL, STHD, assistant professor of theology, New Testament

During the Summer 2016, Fr. José David Padilla conducted a graduate course in Deutero Pauline Literature and the Catholic Letters. He also participated at the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by participation at the Catholic Biblical Association gathering at Santa Clara University in California.

During the Summer 2016, Fr. José David Padilla conducted a graduate course in Deutero Pauline Literature and the Catholic Letters. He also participated at the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, followed by participation at the Catholic Biblical Association gathering at Santa Clara University in California.


Sr. Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD, professor of theology

Sr. Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, PhD, professor of theology, presented the paper “Mercy in an Evolving Cosmos” at the God/Trinity session of the Catholic Theological Society of America Conference last June in San Juan, Puerto Rico; she also and convened the theology and science session at that conference. Schaab also served as an external examiner for the theology program of Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, for the doctoral dissertation Christ and Creation: A Model for Ecotheology. Here at Barry, she gave the presentation “Why do we speak of the sacredness of Earth?” at the Going Green Luncheon, sponsored by the Office of Mission Engagement on October 4, 2016, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.


Ruth Tallman, PhD, associate professor of philosophy

Ruth Tallman, PhD, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper at the Western Michigan Medical Humanities conference, which took place Sept. 15-16.


Jorge Presmanes, OP, DMin, associate professor of theology, practical theology and ministry director, Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry

Presmanes published a chapter titled Prophetic Preaching in the book “A Handbook for Catholic Preaching.” It was edited by Edward Foley, Catherine Vincie and Richard Fragomeni, and published by Liturgical Press. Presmanes also presented a paper titled “Keeping the Memory: A Latinoa Perspective on Liturgical Preaching” at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, which took place Nov. 17-19 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Theology Graduate Course Schedule

Summer Term 2017: April 24 – Aug. 4
Summer Two-Week Residency 2017: June 12 – June 23

Course # Course TitleProfessorMTWThF/ Time
THE 600/600G3TorahGrant9:30AM – 12:15PM
THE 664/644G3Theology of EvangelizationPresmanes12:30PM – 3:15PM
THE 802A3Ministerial FormationMiranda3:30PM – 6:15PM
THE 8003DMin Integrative SeminarLavallee6:30PM – 9:15PM

Fall Term 2017, August 21 – December 9

Course # Course TitleProfessorDayTime
THE 609G3Introduction to Systematic TheologySchaabTuesday6:00 – 9:00PM
THE 620G3Supervised Ministry IMirandaThursday6:00 – 9:00PM
THE 643/643G3Rites of Christian InitiationWedigWednesday6:00 – 9:00PM
THE 729/729G1Continuous RegistrationOngoing
THE 801A4DMin Thesis in Ministry IOngoing
THE 801B4DMin Thesis in Ministry IIOngoing

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Barry University’s Department of Theology and Philosophy promotes the ongoing search for truth and the practice of justice by interpreting the historical and contemporary world, engaging human experience, and responding to God’s revelation through the Catholic and Dominican traditions of reasoned analysis and faith.