From the Newsroom

Medical Volunteerism in Lima, Peru

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 by: Evan Beacom ’14 by: author

I was able to spend summer 2013 as a medical volunteer in Lima, Peru because of recent bridges formed between the Center for Catholic Studies and the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a community of consecrated laymen founded in Lima in 1971. The brothers of the Sodalitium operate various parishes, schools, clinics and other charities across South […]

Where have we been, where are we going?

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 by: Michael Naughton, Interim Director by: author

After 21 years of Catholic Studies, the visionary founder of the Center, Dr. Don Briel, has decided to retire. While the departure of any founder is unsettling, Briel has prepared for this transition so the Center in collaboration with the Department will continue to flourish. At this moment of change, it is important to reflect […]

I Work for Pope Francis

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0000 by: Joseph Grodahl Biever by: author

Joseph Grodahl Biever put off the bar exam to be the first intern to work with the Caritas in Veritate Foundation, an organization that provides research support for the Catholic voice in Geneva.

Professional Notes for Nov. 17, 2014

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:43:37 +0000 by: Kelly Engebretson '99 M.A. by: author

This edition of Professional Notes features faculty Elizabeth Burr, Thomas Bushlack, Thomas Hickson, Robert Kennedy, Lisa Lamb, Jeni McDermott, Jennifer McGuire, Professor Emeritus Father David Smith, John Spry, Kevin Theissen, AnnMarie Thomas, Kim Vrudny, Christian Washburn and John Wendt; staff Margaret Cahill, Vern Klobassa and Eric Stevens; and students Francesca Bernardi, Cassandra Clark, Jacob Frahm, Michael Kolles and April Terres.

Cardinal Turkson Cancels Visit to Nov. 5-7 Faith and Farming Symposium to Work on Vatican’s Response to Ebola Crisis

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 21:02:46 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

The cardinal, a native of Ghana, was called on by Pope Francis to work on the crisis. The Nov. 5-7 symposium will continue as planned and a Vatican official will deliver Turkson’s prepared remarks.

19th Century Concept of Irish-Catholic ‘Spiritual Empire’ is Topic of Nov. 6 Lecture

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:32:26 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

The speaker, historian Irene Whelan, is associate professor of history and director of Irish studies at Manhattanville College.

Top Vatican Official to Lead U.S. Symposium on Faith and Farming

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:47:54 +0000 by: St. Thomas Newsroom by: author

Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is drafting a papal encyclical on the environment, will participate in the Nov. 5-7 event.

Eucharistic Adoration at Sitzmann Hall

There will be Eucharistic Adoration in the Albertus Magnus Chapel on Mondays during the semester, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Additional Guardians still desired

"Could you not keep watch with me one hour?" Matthew 26:40
Additional Guardians are desired for Eucharistic Adoration at the chapels on campus. For more information and to sign up, go to ustadoration. 
Questions? Contact Paul Juhasz.

Job openings, housing, events and more in the Catholic Studies Bulletin

New Items:

- Elementary School Principal 
- Tutors needed
- Biomedical conference: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

To access the Bulletin:
To place an ad in the Bulletin, send an email to the Center for Catholic Studies.

The Catholic Edge: Social Media Debate

Wednesday, October 1
6 p.m. in Scooters
Does Facebook make you a narcissist? Does texting help or hurt friendships? What's the deal with selfies? Join us at the Catholic Edge for a free dinner, and edgy debate and conversation about social media. All are welcome!


Albertus Magnus Chapel Schedule for Fall Semester

The Fall 5:05 p.m. Mass schedule is as follows:

- Mondays, Fr. Erich Rutten
- Tuesdays, Fr. Solomon Yinwaat
- Wednesdays, Fr. Humberto Palomino 
- Thursdays, Fr. Troy Przybilla

Eucharistic Adoration: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays (began September 29)
All are welcome to attend!

Rediscover Catholic Celebration Event

October 3 and 4
Campus Ministry and Catholic Studies invite you to this Archdiocesan-wide event, celebrating the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith with nationally renowned speakers. Click here for more information. Transportation will be coordinated through the UST shuttle. Please email Anne Morath with any questions.

Campus Ministry Silent Retreat

Right Relationship with God and One Another: The Ten Commandments Rebooted
The retreat, led by law professor Susan Stabile and Fr. Patrick Tobin, OP, will be hold October 17-19, 2014 at Koinonia Retreat Center. 
You may have memorized the Ten Commandments in grade school, but how much thought do you give to what they mean in your daily lives? Many people read the Ten Commandments (if they read them at all) literally and narrowly. Read in a deeper fasion, however, they flesh out what it means to be in right relationship with God and with one another. This silent retreat will afford us the opportunity to reflect on what each of the Ten Commandments means to our lives - individually and communally. The retreat will also offer many sacramental opportunities, with Mass on Friday night, Adoration on Saturday night, Mass on Sunday, and Confession offered throughout the weekend. 
Only $15. Register on Campus Ministry's website.

A Conversation With . . . series

Meet Rachel Kemp on Thursday, October 2
"What do you do with a Catholic Studies and Psychology degree?"

The second session of A Conversation with . . . series will be held on Thursday, October 2, in Sitzmann Hall, Room B10, at 11:45 a.m. Rachel Kemp '08, will answer the question "What do you do with a Catholic Studies and Psychology degree?" which includes discussing her work in the field of mental health and education. Mrs. Kemp works at St. Agnes School as a guidance counselor. She is married to Catholic Studies alum Hank Kemp ('08) and has two small children. 

This new mentorship and networking series for undergraduate students is being launched by the Professional Leadership Formation of the Habiger Institute, and offers students an opportunity to connect with faithful Catholics in various fields. This lunchtime series hosts Catholic Studies professional alumni who will speak on their particular profession, answer student questions, and offer assistance. 
So that we have ample lunch quantities, RSVP to Laura at
Future dates and speakers:
November 13: Melissa Hackenmueller, Catholic Studies and Politics, Outreach Coordinator at the Republican Party of Minnesota
December 2: Courtney Gregar, Catholic Studies and Education, High School History and Civics Teacher at St. Agnes School