“Kinship of Catholic and Jews” Programming Update

Dr. George Faithful, one of our university core post-doc teaching fellows, was interviewed by our very own Father Larry Frizzell about his new book Mothering the Fatherland (Oxford, 2014) for WSOU’s (89.5 FM) “Kinship of Catholics and Jews.” The program will be broadcast on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 8:30 am. Later it will be available in the I-tunes archive of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies. Wake up early this Sunday (if 8:30am is early for you) and tune into Seton Hall’s radio station!

Check Out Father Paul Holmes’ Work on the Toolbox for New Catholic Pastors!

The following update on Father Holmes’ work on the Lily Endowment funded Toolbox for New Catholic Pastors has been posted on the main Seton Hall University Website (see http://www.shu.edu/news/article/485320#.U-jShlzk1H00).  Below is the text of that update:

Seton Hall University and the National Leadership Roundtable for Church Management recently completed their ninth Toolbox for Pastoral Management last month.

Begun in 2009, the Toolbox is a weeklong seminar for new Catholic pastors, offering over a dozen presentations on the management skills pastors need to be a successful leaders in 21st-century parishes. Experts in various facets of temporal administration provide presentations on subjects including human resources, internal financial controls, stewardship and risk management, hoping that new pastors can “hit the ground running” when they return to their new parishes.

As director of the Toolbox, the Department of Religion’s Father Paul Holmes, the University Professor of Servant Leadership, hosts the weeklong seminars and offers a “Theology of Management” at the beginning of each seminar. Toolboxes have been held in January and July at retreat centers across the country, at the Jersey shore, Tucson, and Jacksonville. The Toolbox seminar in Jacksonville was featured in the “Beliefs” column of The New York Times earlier this year (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/us/helping-catholics-by-teaching-priests-how-to-be-the-boss.html?src=xps). The most recent Toolbox was held in Baltimore.

The Toolbox seminars are made possible through a generous grant from Lilly Endowment.

Religion, Youth, and Popular Culture: Life of Pi

by Anthony DiFlorio

Contrary to widespread modern-day belief, human beings are still vastly intrigued by the great unanswered questions: “What is the meaning of existence?”, “Is there life after death?”, “What is the origin of being and consciousness?”, among others.  These fundamental questions are often obscured by entertainment and mass media consumption, which generally cater to superficial emotions and rarely address the philosophical, religious or spiritual aspects of our reality. Yet, every now and again, there is released a film, a book, a song or an album which resonates profoundly through the hearts and minds of an impressionable, young audience; a work of art that poses profound questions and captures the human senses, rendering them more alive than ever. Continue reading

Religion and Art: Liz’s Journey

by Elizabeth Dunbar

Religion and art have played significant roles in my life from a young age. I was born into a newly converted, non-denominational Christian household, my father and mother having converted from Catholicism and Judaism, respectively. My first memories of religion are evangelical in nature, but this quickly changed when my family became Catholic (for most of them, this was merely a re-entrance into the Church). I was five when my little sister and I were baptized, and my family has remained Catholic since then. But through all of this, my mom clearly held onto her Jewish identity. Continue reading