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March 4, 2005


In January, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., was named by Pope John Paul II as consultor to the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education. The congregation is responsible for oversight of Catholic seminaries, universities and schools. Father O’Connell and Bishop Allen Vigneron (of Oakland, Calif.) are the only two consultors who are U.S.-based.

Father O’Connell had numerous speaking engagements in January and February:

  • He gave a Jan. 27 homily on “St. Thomas More and the Catholic Lawyer” to the St. Thomas More Guild in Buffalo, N.Y. That same day, he delivered a keynote address titled “Celebrate Catholic Education” at the Western New York Catholic Education Dinner in Buffalo.
  • He gave a Jan. 28 homily on “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Catholic University” at the 16th annual American Cardinals Dinner at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Miami.
  • On Feb. 4 he made a panel presentation on the subject “Ex Corde Ecclesiae: An Update” at the 2005 Legatus International Summit in Naples, Fla., and participated in the subsequent Q-and-A session.
  • On Feb. 16 he gave two talks titled “Fidelity in the Life and Ministry of Priests” to the Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Arlington, Va. That same day he also gave a homily titled “Fast and Feast: Reflections on the Season of Lent” and an address titled “John Paul II: His Legacy and the Future” both to the Federal Association of the Knights of Malta in Washington, D.C.
  • He delivered a Feb. 25 address titled “Catholic to Catholic: the Responsibility of Priests for Jewish-Catholic Dialogue” to the faculty and students of St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. That same day he gave an address titled “Reflections on Nostra Aetate: a 40-Year Commemoration” at the Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Fla.


Edwin Clay, adjunct professor of library and information science and director of the Fairfax County Public Libraries, recently assumed the position of chair of the board for “Fall for the Book,” an annual book festival featuring readings, discussions and workshops, co-organized by Fairfax County and George Mason University.

Stephen Wright, professor of English, was appointed to the editorial board of the Early Drama, Art, and Music Monograph Series issued by Medieval Institute Publications.

Awards and Honors

Charles Bashara, a Ph.D.-seeking student in the European history program, was accepted in the Presidential Management Fellows Program, designed to draw graduate students from diverse social and cultural backgrounds into federal service. His role will be serving as an intelligence analyst with the FBI.

Sarah Insley, an undergraduate majoring in classics and in medieval and Byzantine studies, was named the 2005-2007 Bliss Prize Fellow by Dumbarton Oaks, a Washington, D.C., research center that offers fellowships to researchers in the fields of Byzantine studies, pre-Columbian studies, and garden and landscape studies. Beginning this fall, Insley will be provided with tuition, travel and living expenses at the university of her choice. If in two years she fulfills preliminary requirements toward a doctorate in the field of Byzantine studies, Dumbarton Oaks will award her a Junior Fellowship to work on her dissertation.

Lisa Lynch, assistant professor of media studies, will spend the 2005-06 academic year as an external faculty fellow at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University. While there, Lynch will work on her book, tentatively titled Representing Risk, which will look at 20th-century cultural images and narratives about the biological risks posed by technology.

On the Road

Professor Clay gave a Nov. 16 lecture titled “The American Public Library System” to a group of library heads from Central Europe at the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C.

John Convey, university provost and professor of education, visited Ghent, Belgium, to participate in the Feb. 24 graduation ceremony for students in the International Institute Canon Triest’s pre-baccalaureate certificate programs titled “Introduction to Psychiatric Care” and “Introduction to Special Education.” The programs, an initiative of the Brothers of Charity, were co-sponsored by CUA’s Department of Education and School of Nursing.

Anne Linton, adjunct professor of library and information science, gave the presentation “How to Increase Access to Electronic Journals” at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Medical Library Association, held Oct. 13-16 in Raleigh, N.C.

David Wallace, visiting assistant professor of library and information science, worked as a consultant for the Freedom of Information Programme at the South African History Archive at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, in November.

John Kenneth White, professor of politics, gave the John D. Lees Memorial Lecture at the American Politics Group annual meeting in Canterbury, England, on Jan. 6. His lecture was titled “The Armageddon Election: Bush vs. Kerry in 2004.”


Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor of philosophy and director of CUA’s Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, wrote a chapter titled “Metaphysics” for The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, published December 2004 by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Wright translated a German play titled The Tyrolean Play of David and Goliath, which was published in volume 8 of European Medieval Drama (2004). The published play was preceded by an introductory article written by Wright.

In the Community

Timothy Noone, professor of philosophy, played the harmonica part on a soundtrack for Petite Rouge, a children’s musical that runs Feb. 5 – April 3 at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md. The play is an adaptation of the children’s tale “Little Red Riding Hood” set in the Cajun bayou region of Louisiana.

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