Pope Benedict XVI maintained a calm and prayerful expression of the papacy in a time of extraordinary turbulence, a time for which in some ways he was ill-equipped to respond but in other ways for which his papacy has been uniquely providential. We asked Don Briel to reflect on Benedict’s legacy.
St. Thomas junior Rachel Murray didn’t think she would have anything in common with Cierra, a Cristo Rey High School student, when they began working together last fall as part of a St. Thomas class. But then Cierra stepped up and comforted Rachel as she dealt with the death of a friend, and Rachel’s impression of the teenager changed dramatically. Carol Bruess writes about their encounter today in The Scroll.
Chemistry professor Kristine Wammer studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in the environment. "I am a 'farm kid.' I grew up on a corn and soybean farm in southern Minnesota that truly was the middle of nowhere, with the nearest town (Butternut) having a population that hovered around a dozen. Having no kids nearby meant that my brother Todd and I had to come up with creative – if slightly dangerous – ways to entertain ourselves."
Jane de Lambert researched the geologic history of the Lovell Wash area of the Upper Horse Spring Formation in the Lake Mead region of Nevada last spring and presented her findings in October at the Geological Society of America's national conference in North Carolina. She is among the first to research this remote formation in southern Nevada.
The integration of law and the Catholic intellectual tradition was the vision of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, president and chancellor of the University of St. Thomas for more than 35 years. In his book, A Catholic University, Vision and Opportunities, he emphasized the importance of teaching religious and ethical values in classrooms and in public forums as necessary for a healthy society and effective leadership.
Directed by Father Michael Keating, the Leadership Intern program seeks to equip and train future Catholic leaders through seminars, hands-on leadership experience, interaction with civic and Church leaders, and intensive formation using a unique methodology that integrates academics, practical experience and philosophy.
The sun is shining brightly as I peer through the windows of Sitzmann Hall, still wiping the sleep from my eyes. As I take slow sips of a much-needed cup of joe, I begin to ponder the mysteries of the week to come. Charity, our year’s theme, is essential to the mission of Christ in the City, the program we will be participating in during this institute.
We all know about the competitiveness we have with Saint John’s in sports. What you might not think about when you hear UST and SJU in the same sentence however, are the ties that bind us together. Both schools are anchored in the Catholic intellectual tradition and have a shared belief in the importance of the arts in a humanities-based education.
With an undergraduate finance major and a mini-master’s in health care from St. Thomas, Brian McEnaney was well-prepared for the technical requirements of a career in software and health information systems.