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Graduate Rhonda O'Brien (MPS ’20), in a partnership with Deb Echo-Hawk and the Pawnee Nation, has been working on the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, preserving corn and other plants that the Pawnee had once grown in Nebraska before their removal to a reservation in Oklahoma in the 1870s. Since 2003, Rhonda has worked with Echo-Hawk, a team of 17 gardeners, and one farmer to propagate the sacred corn and traditional vegetables. Her work exemplifies care for creation as expressed in Laudato si'; and she credits the first Native American saint, Kateri Tekakwitha—the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile, and Native Americans—with guiding her ministry at the Preservation Project and the Conservation Center. 

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In the 2019 Encyclical Christus Vivit, Pope Francis writes both about and directly to young people. This magisterial document has far-reaching implications for ministry involving young people, and Dr. Lamont participated in creating a nearly 90-page study guide on 10 major themes of Christus Vivit. As part of her work with the USCCB National Advisory Team on Young Adult Ministry, she worked with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) to assist in the development and production of Christus Vivit: Pathway to Accompaniment Study Guide by serving on the planning, editorial, and writing teams. 

The Study Guide will assist ministry leaders and the young people they serve to explore and apply the document in practical ways. 

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Lindy Brasher, MRE, was recently published by the National Catholic Reporter in its "Small Earth Stories" feature in which readers explain, in 150 words or less, specific ways they're responding to climate change in day-to-day life. Lindy's post, "Lessons from a New Teacher," shares her experience of using the natural world as her classroom. Read Lindy’s post »

In addition, the Ecojesuit website published an article by Lindy on its site. Her reflection considers the Vatican's theme of "Everything is connected" marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. Read the article »

Loyola Press has just published Becky Eldredge’s second book, The Inner Chapel: Embracing the Promises of God. In it, Becky draws upon her training in pastoral studies and her ministry as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator to assist readers in developing a richer prayer life and drawing closer to God.

Dr. Tracey Lamont has been chosen as one of only 14 professors to participate in the 2020-2021 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty run by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion located in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

This workshop gathers junior faculty for a week in two successive summers and a weekend winter retreat and consists of plenary sessions, small group discussions, workshop sessions, structured and unstructured social time

As a general editor of the series The Bible in Medieval Tradition, Dr. Tom Ryan is pleased to announce the publication of The Book of Revelation translated and edited by David Burr. This is the fifth volume in the series from Eerdmans Publishing which makes available the translations of biblical commentaries to explore medieval exegesis and biblical interpretation and their application to contemporary spiritual formation and reflection, discussion, preaching and scholarship.

The article "Safe Spaces or Brave Spaces? Re-Envisioning Practical Theology and Transformative Learning Theory" was published on November 15, 2019 in the official journal of the Religious Education Association.  

In this article, Dr. Lamont explores whether the intentional and theologically-based reflection of graduate students in safe spaces is effective in encouraging them to acknowledge white normativity and to dismantle mechanisms of racism. To read the abstract GO»

(from left to right) Annie Rooney, Jordan Esfeld, and Kathryn Pennings, assisted by Dr. Christine Ebrahim, presented Trauma-Informed, Mindfulness-Based Yoga and Addiction Recovery at the Louisiana Counseling Association's annual conference in New Orleans.

Semonne' A. Pierre, NCC, LPC presented Important First Steps for Young Professionals Establishing a Private Practice as part of the Leadership, Development, and Mentoring Institutute at the LCA in October, 2019.

The Alpha Phi Chapter of CSI joined together with SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project to rebuild houses and cultivate resilience with communities in need.


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