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Eileen A. Dombo, assistant dean, assistant professor, and chair, social work, was appointed May 12 as the Victim Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). Dombo will coordinate assistance for the care of persons who report having been sexually abused as minors by any AMS-associated clergy or Church personnel.

Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor, theology and religious studies, received the Paul Wattson Christian Unity Award from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at the conclusion of the order’s 17th General Chapter Meeting held June 17 in Washington, D.C.

William Klingshirn, chair and professor, Greek and Latin, has been named to the editorial committee of Latinitas, the official journal of the Pontifical Academy for Latin.

Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, was appointed by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as chair of its committee on faculty mission. The committee will be responsible for drafting a document that outlines principles that may help faculty better support the mission of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.


Awards and Honors

The Catholic Press Association awarded Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, second prize in the liturgy category of the Catholic Press Association Book Awards for his book What We Have Done, What We Have Failed To Do: Assessing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II.


On the Road

Andrew Abela, dean, business and economics, chaired a session on “Solidarity and Gift in Business Decisions” at the Vatican conference The Good Society and the Future of Jobs: Can Solidarity and Fraternity Be Part of Business Decisions? held May 8 to 10.

Jon Anderson, professor, anthropology, spoke on “Academic insights in a converged world!” at the 11th Convergence Summit held June 2 and 3 in Amman, Jordan, and organized by the Arab Advisors Group.

David Bosworth, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper "Deities as Parental Figures in Hebrew and Akkadian Prayers" at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association held July 26 to 29 in Providence, R.I. At the same meeting, he became the Old Testament book review editor for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Phil Brach, assistant dean of development, business and economics, was a panelist for “First Look: Giving USA 2014” held June 17 in Washington, D.C., and sponsored by Campbell & Company.

Monsignor Michael Clay, clinical assistant professor, theology and religious studies, conducted an all-day conference on June 28 for the Diocese of Jackson, Miss., on formation and catechesis during the Period of Evangelization and Precatechumenate.

Rev. John Galvin, professor, theology and religious studies, and Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, took part in a meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held June 2 to 4 at the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, N.H. Monsignor McPartlan delivered a paper analyzing recent statements on primacy in the Church from the patriarchates of Moscow and Constantinople.

John Grabowski, associate professor, theology and religious studies, gave a presentation titled “Something Old, Something New: Tradition and Development of Doctrine in the Theology of the Body’s Teaching on Marriage” at the Theology of the Body 2014 International Congress held July 9 to 11 in Philadelphia. He also served on two discussion panels at the conference.

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S. S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, preached at the June annual retreat for the 60 monks of Conception Abbey in Conception, Mo. The theme for the conference was “Liturgy and the Monastic Life.”

Charles B. Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, lectured on “The Daoist Philosophy of Zhuang Zi” for the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C., on May 7. He met June 13 with a delegation of seminarians from Youngsan University of Seon Studies in Yeonggwang County, South Korea, a school founded by the Won Buddhist community. Jones and the seminarians met in Caldwell Hall at Catholic University to exchange views on matters of Buddhist doctrine and interreligious dialogue.

Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, O.P., assistant professor, theology and religious studies, gave lectures at Chinese universities in April. On April 15, he spoke on “Desire, Emotion, and Boredom” at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. On April 22, he spoke on “Crucifixion and Redemption in Early Christian Theology” at Chinese University of Hong Kong. On April 24, he gave a lecture on “Emotion and Virtue in Thomas Aquinas” at Wuhan University. He presented the paper “The Crucifixion as Ransom and Jesus’ Historical Attitude toward His Death: Reading the Passion Narratives with Patristic Authors” at the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology held July 31 to Aug. 2.

Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, politics, delivered the commencement speech for Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles on May 12. She also delivered the commencement address at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, on May 4.

Maria Mazzenga, education archivist, American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, and Julia Young, assistant professor, history, spoke about the history of immigration on a panel discussion titled “The Catholic Church, Migration, and the American Experience.” The panel was part of the 2014 National Migration Conference titled In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service held July 8 and sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.

Robert Miller, O.F.S., associate professor, theology and religious studies, co-conducted the annual weeklong (June 16 to 20) Ecumenical Scripture Workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston at the St. John XXIII Pastoral Center in Huttonsville, W.V. He delivered lectures and led discussions on worship in the Old and New Testaments.

Melissa Moschella, assistant professor, philosophy, gave the commencement address to students graduating June 20 from Tyburn Academy of Mary Immaculate in Auburn, N.Y.

Mary A. Paterson, professor and coordinator for assessment and evaluation, nursing, spoke at the Thought Leaders conference held May 4 to 5 in Washington, D.C., at the National Press Club and sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Paterson gave the keynote address titled “Population-based Approaches in Health Services Research” at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s 35th anniversary luncheon celebration of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on May 15.

Chad Pecknold, associate professor, theology and religious studies, spoke on “Augustine on Civil Religion” at the Academy of Philosophy and Letters annual conference held June 6 to 8 in Baltimore. He delivered the lecture “Augustine on the Powers and Principalities” at the annual Pro Ecclesia conference held June 10 at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Claes Ryn, professor, politics, gave the June 14 lecture “The Moral Basis of Peace” at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. The lecture given at a conference about the future of U.S.-China relations was attended by foreign policy experts and government officials. He gave the keynote address “You Want Peace? Then Get Serious: The Moral and Cultural Preconditions of Cordial Relations” at the annual meeting of the New York State Political Science Association held in New York City on April 4.

David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, library and information science, presented “Embedded Librarians: Diverse Initiatives, Common Challenges” at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference held in San Antonio on April 10. He also moderated a panel discussion titled “Embedded Librarians are Everywhere” at the same conference. Shumaker presented “Embedded? Librarians in Cyberspace” for the Association of College and Research Libraries Virtual Worlds Interest Group that met on the Second Life Virtual World website on April 27.

Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor and assistant dean, music, presented the paper “Musical Diplomacy at the End of the Thirty Years’ War: Negotiating the Emperor’s Power in Andreas Rauch’s Currus triumphalis musicus (1648)” at the 16th Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music held July 9 to 13 at the Universitats Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Rev. Michael Witczak, associate professor, theology and religious studies, presented the paper “The Roman Catholic Celebration of the Eucharist” at the Fifth Phase of the International Dialogue with the Disciples of Christ held June 14 to 19 in Rome.



Jay Brock, clinical assistant professor, music, directed Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s staging of The Tempest Aug. 1 to 17 at Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, Md. 



Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor, theology and religious studies, published a new article titled "PHOS CHRESTOU PHAINEI PASI: Evidence from Inscriptions” for the 5th International Congress of the Society of Oriental Liturgy held June 11 at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. He wrote the article “Greek Scholarship on the Coptic Liturgical Tradition: An Assessment” in Diliana Atanassova and Tinatin Chronz.

Rev. John Paul Heil, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote The Book of Revelation: Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy (Wipf and Stock).

Charles Jones, associate professor, theology and religious studies, and Pim Valkenberg, professor, theology and religious studies, wrote articles published in the book Understanding Religious Pluralism: Perspectives from Religious Studies and Theology (Pickwick Publications). Jones’s article is titled "The Prospects for Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding: the Jesuit Case and its Theoretical Implications.” Valkenberg's article is titled "One Faith, Different Rites: Nicholas of Cusa's New Awareness of Religious Pluralism.”

Vadim D. Knyazev, professor, chemistry, co-wrote, “Kinetics and Mechanism of the Reaction of Fluorine Atoms with Pentafluoropropionic Acid,” published by the Journal of Physical Chemistry A (Vol. 118).

Trevor Lipscombe, director, The Catholic University of America Press, co-wrote “Dropping a Particle out of a Roller Coaster” for the European Journal of Physics (Vol. 35, No. 4).

Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was president of the subcommission of the International Theological Commission that produced the document Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church, published in June.

Robert Miller, O.F.S., associate professor, theology and religious studies, co-wrote the chapter “Roman Catholicism” for the Interfaith Conference of Greater Washington’s publication Strengthening the Teaching About Religion: Scriptures Supplement.

Venigalla B. Rao, chair and professor, biology, co-wrote “Evidence for an Electrostatic Mechanism of Force Generation by the Bacteriophage T4 DNA Packaging Motor,” published June 17 by Nature Communications.

Kevin Rulo, clinical assistant professor, English, wrote “Between Old and New: Wyndham Lewis’s Modernist ‘Joint’,” published in the June issue of the Review of English Studies.

W.J. Shepherd, associate archivist, had four book reviews published:

  • Review of Churchill’s Bomb: How the United States Overtook Britain in the First Nuclear Arms Race for the spring issue of Finest Hour.
  • Review of Churchill’s South Africa: Travels During the Anglo-Boar War published in the spring issue of Finest Hour.
  • Review of Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe in the June issue of the Swiss-American Historical Society Review.
  • Review of Churchill and the Mad Mullah: Betrayal and Redemption, 1899-1921 in the summer issue of Finest Hour.

Stephen Wright, professor, English, wrote the article “The Twelfth-Century Story of Daniel for Performance by Hilarius: An Introduction, Translation, and Commentary,” published in Early Theatre (Vol. 17, No. 1).