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June, 2019

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Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
, CUA president, was quoted in a Jan. 29 Catholic News Service obituary for Monsignor Robert Paul Mohan, professor emeritus of the School of Philosophy, who passed away Jan. 26.

Father O'Connell appeared Feb. 26 on "The Situation Room" on CNN with Wolf Blitzer to discuss a controversial new documentary that claims that small caskets found in Jerusalem contained the remains of Jesus. He appeared on the same date on "Anderson Cooper 360º," also on CNN, to discuss the documentary.

Architecture and Planning

Iris Miller
, adjunct associate professor, was quoted in a Jan. 3 Georgetown Current article on her students’ ideas about ways to redesign the Georgetown and Foggy Bottom waterfront areas in Washington, D.C. The article also ran on the same date in the Dupont Current.

Travis Price, adjunct professor, appeared Feb. 12 on WAMU-FM’s “Kojo Nnamdi Show” to discuss architectural philosophy, ecology and the future of architectural design.

The Feb. 4 Frederick News-Post ran an article about seven graduate architecture students who are working on a project to suggest improvements to downtown Frederick, Md.

Canon Law

Rev. Philip J. Brown
, assistant professor, was interviewed for a Feb. 10 Las Vegas Review-Journal article about a priest who was relieved of his duties after allegedly spending the money of an elderly parishioner.


A Feb. 5 News-Times (Danbury, Conn.) article about composer and CUA alumnus John Grissmer mentioned the Dec. 7-10 performances of his musical, “The Perfect Game,” at CUA.


A Jan. 22 Wyoming Catholic Register article about the opening of a new Catholic school in the state noted that faculty from CUA’s Department of Education had been sent to evaluate Wyoming’s Catholic schools and to determine the potential for new schools.


Monica Jacobe, lecturer, was quoted in a Feb. 7 article about the increasing use of part-time or short-term instructors at colleges and universities.


Leslie Tentler, professor, was quoted in a Feb. 7 National Catholic Reporter article about the declining number of American Catholics who go to confession.


Helen Alvaré
, associate professor, was quoted from her speech at the eighth annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life in a Jan. 23 article in The Hoya, Georgetown University’s student newspaper. The conference, held Jan. 20-21 at Georgetown, brings together students who oppose abortion on the eve of the March for Life on Capitol Hill.

Marshall Breger, professor, was quoted in a Jan. 4 Washington Jewish Week article about former President Gerald Ford’s relationship with the Jewish community.

Between Feb. 1 and 6, Michael Noone, professor, was interviewed by the Guardian (U.K.), NPR and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation about the pending court-martial of U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada, who has refused deployment to Iraq. Noone was interviewed on BBC Radio on Feb. 6 about a friendly fire incident in which U.S. pilots accidentally shot a British soldier in Iraq. He also contributed an opinion piece to Feb. 7 about whether membership in the military limits one’s freedom of expression.

Life Cycle Institute

The study of the Catholic group Voice of the Faithful, conducted by Life Cycle Institute fellows William D’Antonio, adjunct professor, sociology, and Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, counseling associate, Theological College, was cited in a Jan. 19 National Catholic Reporter article noting the fifth anniversary of VOTF.


Stephen Schneck, chair, associate professor and director of the Life Cycle Institute, was quoted in a Feb. 12 Bloomberg News article about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's charisma and the road he faces as a presidential candidate.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor and Life Cycle Institute associate fellow, wrote a column for the Jan. 8 issue of America about how working with the poor and working to bring peace are intertwined goals. Her column, “Morality Matters,” appears regularly in the magazine.

John Kenneth White, professor and Life Cycle Institute fellow, contributed an opinion piece about the polarization of American politics to the Feb. 4 Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.).


The Washington Post ran a newsbrief Feb. 4 about the appointment of James Brennan as CUA’s new provost, effective June 18. That day the Associated Press in Washington, D.C., issued a news item on the appointment that was picked up by several local TV stations. His appointment also was noted in


Dean Hoge, professor emeritus and Life Cycle Institute fellow, was quoted in a Jan. 14 South Florida Sun-Sentinel article about men who gave up careers, homes and family to enter the priesthood.

Hoge was quoted in a Jan. 31 National Catholic Reporter article about one of his surveys that predicts the future Catholic Church will have older congregations that desire more participation from and greater empowerment of the laity.

American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church, a book written by Hoge and William D’Antonio, adjunct professor and Life Cycle Institute fellow, was the subject of a Feb. 7 Catholic News Service article. The book analyzes survey results and concludes that younger Catholics feel disconnected from the institutional Church. The Feb. 26 issue of America also mentioned the results of their research.

Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Kevin Irwin
, dean and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, was quoted in a Feb. 22 front-page Washington Post article about a new marketing campaign by the Archdiocese of Washington to encourage Catholics to go to confession. He appeared on Washington Post Radio the same day and on Vatican Radio Feb. 26 to discuss the topic.

Joseph Capizzi, associate professor, was quoted in a Feb. 14 Catholic News Service article about a CUA panel discussion of the U.S. bishops’ 1986 economic pastoral letter. The discussion was part of a series titled “Catholic Social Justice: Looking Back and Moving Forward,” organized by the Center for American Catholic Studies, the Life Cycle Institute and the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives at CUA.

Peter Casarella, associate professor, was quoted in a Feb. 5 Cybercast News Service article about an Internet campaign that encourages young people to denounce God.

John Grabowski, associate professor, was quoted in a Feb. 9 Tidings (Los Angeles) article about the negative impact of reality TV on viewers’ perceptions of love and marriage.

Rev. Brian Johnstone, professor, was quoted in a Feb. 13 National Catholic Reporter article about the ethical issues surrounding genetically engineered chimeras, organisms that carry both human and animal genes.


Men’s basketball player Patrick Dwyer was the subject of a Jan. 30 Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) article. Dwyer scored his 1,000th career point as a Cardinal in a Jan. 27 win over Goucher College.


Philip Birgenheir, a freshman biology major, contributed a letter to the West River Catholic (Rapid City, S.D.) on Jan. 1 praising his experience at CUA.

Dennis Di Mauro, a doctoral candidate in Church history, was quoted in a Feb. 3 Virginia Gazette article about the controversy over the removal of a cross from the chapel on the campus of the College of William and Mary. He also was quoted in a Feb. 9 Inside Higher Ed article about the controversy. Di Mauro is a 1986 graduate of William and Mary.

On Jan. 25, 13 CUA students were part of a National Public Radio studio audience for a discussion between Ed Gillespie, chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, and Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, about the place of partisanship in politics. The students had a chance to ask questions during the broadcast of “Talk of the Nation,” NPR’s national news-talk call-in show. Gillespie is a CUA graduate and former chair of the Republican National Committee.

CUA in General

CUA alumnus and screenwriter David Paterson returned to Washington, D.C., Feb. 1, to share his film “Bridge to Terabithia” with fellow alums at a special CUA screening at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. Paterson adapted the screenplay from his mother’s book. In a Feb. 5 story about the screenwriter and the Disney film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Feb. 16, Catholic News Service wrote about Paterson’s links to CUA.

Catholic University's plans to build a new residence hall on the main campus and moves to consider developing land on the south side of the campus were described in a Feb. 12 Washington Post column on commercial land development and real estate.

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