(past event) Fr. Ker at Smith. Prof. Zaleski Spring 2012 course.

An Invitation from Carol Zaleski, Smith CollegeEdit

“Newman and Chesterton: Reflections of a Biographer,” a lecture by Fr. Ian Ker, will take place on Tuesday April 17, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in the Neilson Library Browsing Room, Smith College.  Fr. Ker, a member of the Theology faculty at Oxford University, is the world’s leading authority on the life and thought of Blessed John Henry Newman, and has recently published a major new biography of the exuberant English Catholic essayist, novelist and critic G.K. Chesterton.  Fr. Ker will explore the connections between Newman and Chesterton, and share with us his reflections as a biographer of these two figures whose legacy continues to shape Catholic intellectual and spiritual life.  All are welcome to attend this public lecture.

 Announcing a course on Catholic thought at Smith College, Spring 2012 -- Religion 235, “The Catholic Philosophical Tradition,” focuses on major Catholic thinkers, including Augustine of Hippo, Anselm of Canterbury, Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Blaise Pascal, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, Edith Stein, Elizabeth Anscombe, Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II), and Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), considering their views on faith and reason, worship and the intellectual life, the dignity of the human person, and the nature of Catholicism itself. The class meets Tuesdays, Thursdays 1:00-2:20 p.m.  Interested students should contact Professor Carol Zaleski at czaleski@smith.edu

(past event) 4/12/2012 Catholic Women's Conference

Jesuit Father James Martin, author of Between Heaven and Mirth speaks on joy in the spiritual life and Ignatian spirituality. Also! Sister of Notre Dame de Namur Mary Johnson, author of Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice. The conference is at Bellamy School in Chicopee.  To register call 413-452-0812, or fill out the registration form (pdf), or visit www.diospringfield.org. See biographies of speakers at http://www.diospringfield.org/WOMENS%20CONF/womensconfbio.htm 

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You're Invited: Carol Zaleski's Course in Spring, 2012

Smith College

Religion 235  The Catholic Philosophical Tradition

Faith and reason, worship and the intellectual life, the meaning of redemption and the nature of Catholicism according to major thinkers in the Catholic tradition. 

Readings from Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Pascal, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton,  Simone Weil, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II),
Elizabeth Anscombe, Alasdair MacIntyre and others. {H}
4 credits
Carol Zaleski  (czaleski@smith.edu)
Offered Spring 2012
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:20 p.m

Here's the link to the course info in the Five College Catalog: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/courses/coursedetail.php?departmentAbbr=REL&courseYear=2012&courseNumber=235-01-LEC&semester=2&campusID=1&title=CATHOLIC+PHILOSOPHICAL+TRAD

Sarah Hart on 12/11/2011. St Mary's, Westfield

Tim Hourihan writes -----

St. Mary’s Church, through this ministry “Praise Witness & Worship,” we are having Sarah Hart giving a Christmas Concert on December 11th 2011.  She will share songs from her 1st ever Christmas album “Waiting for the Light.”  Sarah will be joined this year with “Full Armor” band out of New York.
Sarah is somewhat a regular to the area.  She has been the featured artist at the Annual Catholic Women’s Conference in Springfield a number of times and has played before crowds in our area both young and old. 
She is absolutely loved wherever she goes.
This is Christmas Event for the ENTIRE family that you don’t want your parishioners and friends to miss. Last year we sold close to 300 tickets to the general public and I expect we will do the same again.  You want to get tickets for your parishioners before tickets are gone.
I would like to offer the parishes in the area a 50% discount on the tickets.  Discount Tickets to Parishes will be $5.00 each. Tickets to the public will be $10 each and Children 7 yrs old and younger are Free.
Please contact me with any questions & interest in the event @ praisewitnessworship@gmail.com . Thank you again for your time to this email and your support of this ministry here in Western Massachusetts.
God Bless,
Tim Hourihan

Yale this summer, theological study?

The Amherst College Chaplains have received the following note with attachments. You might be interested in seeing what Yale might have to offer you or a friend this summer.

Dear Chaplains,

It is a pleasure to share with you the course offerings for Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle 2011 (see link to flyer below), which will be held on the Yale campus June 6-24. I want to extend an invitation for you to attend, in addition to students who might be considering a theological education or graduate studies in religion following college. Courses are geared to a broad audience of clergy and lay persons and, as such, would be appropriate for advanced undergraduate students.

Below is a brief description of the program. Please feel free to circulate the flyer to students and other departments at your school, such as Religious Studies. Should you have questions, please contact the Summer Term coordinator, Joanne Van Vlack, at Joanne.vanvlack@yale.edu, 203-432-6550.

Best regards,

Anna Ramirez
Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Yale Divinity School

Summer Term at Sterling Divinity Quadrangle. Yale Divinity School, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music are again collaborating in 2011 to offer a stimulating collection of Summer Term courses in New Haven aimed at a broad audience of clergy and laypersons, including advanced undergraduate religion students. Most courses feature five consecutive half-day sessions. Several workshops of one or two days each are also offered. Summer Term is held during the three-week period of June 6-24, and the registration deadline is May 15. Complete information is available at:


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4/15 5-6 pm. Lenten Supper with guest speakers

Friday, April 15. 5-6 pm. Newman Center UMass Fr. Quigley Room. Join in the conversation with other Catholic students during a Lenten Supper. The topic: living vows in married and in contemplative women's religious life. Yes! Representatives for both approaches will offer their thoughts and engage with our questions. This supper is free of charge and is meatless. (The Newman Center UMass is near the Fine Arts Center Bus Stop at the 'Amherst' end of the UMass campus.) Organized by Newman UMass Peer Ministers Katie O'Gara and Sara Deady.