December 18, 2009

Jesuit Receives American Catholic Philosophical Association's Highest Honor

Fr Roland Teske SJ has been awarded the 2009 Aquinas Medal, which is the American Catholic Philosophical Association's highest honor, for his scholarly achievement in the field and his dedication to teaching. Fr Teske is professor emeritus of philosophy at Marquette University.

The award is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to American philosophical thought. During his career, Fr Teske published more than 30 books and 125 scholarly articles and book chapters. His writings have included numerous translations of Latin or German works, from Augustine to Rahner. [Marquette University]

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New Jesuit Review Online

New Jesuit ReviewThe New Jesuit Review, a new online journal, recently launched its first issue.

It describes its goal as "the recovery of Jesuit spirituality from its authentic sources and reflection by contemporary Jesuits on its significance for their lives. The writings of St. Ignatius and the First Companions, the lives of Jesuit saints and martyrs, and classics of Jesuit spirituality are examined in the spirit of Perfectae Caritatis, the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life of the Second Vatican Council."

The first issue is available at

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JRS Youth Program Helps Breaks Culture of Violence in Refugee Camps in Nepal

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is working to break a cycle of violence, drug abuse, and sexual abuse that affects thousands of ethnic Nepali youths from Bhutan living in refugee camps in East Nepal.

"All kinds of evils were plaguing the camps," said Fr Peter Jong Lepcha SJ, program coordinator of Youth Friendly Centres (YFC).

"We realized that there are so many programs being implemented for the refugees in general but nothing for the youth as such."

The YFC program is part of JRS's Bhutanese Refugee Education Program, supported by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Caritas Nepal.

According to the JRS, there are now more than 108,000 refugees living in the seven camps in East Nepal.

The YFC initiative consists of education in journalism, television presenting, sports, music, and awareness of HIV/AIDS and other social issues.

An online education program has recently been added to address the growing school drop-out rate in the camps, Fr Lepcha said. [UCAN]

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Jesuit Basketball Spotlight: Building Awareness of the Jesuit Mission through Basketball

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight logoThe Jesuit Basketball Spotlight pilot project was developed by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to identify basketball games between Jesuit schools during the 2009-2010 season, and, through those games, bring greater positive awareness to Jesuit education and mission.

There are more than 90 basketball games between Jesuit institutions (men and women) this season; a schedule of games is available at [AJCU]

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Woodstock Theological Center Launches Podcast

Woodstock Theological Center logoWoodstock Theological Center has launched a podcast of "theological reflections on the human problems of today."

Offered in both video and audio versions, each episode is 5 to 10 minutes long, and new episodes are released every other Thursday.

Episodes have included Fr Daniel Madigan SJ on "The Moral Low Ground in Muslim-Christian Relations" and "Why Religious Voices Should Enter the Health Care Debate" with Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Georgetown University.

To listen, watch, and subscribe to the podcast, go to [Woodstock Theological Center]

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Around Campus

Regis University Senior Wins Rhodes Scholarship
Regis University senior William Gohl was one of 32 students nationwide to be named an American Rhodes Scholar for 2010; he is the only recipient from a US Catholic university for 2010.

The Rhodes Scholarship is given in 15 international jurisdictions for study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The scholars are selected based on academic achievement, character, and leadership potential. 

Gohl is a senior majoring in English and politics, with minors in business administration and Spanish. His thesis is on Roman Catholic social teaching and capital punishment. He is active in Regis University Ministry, is the University Student Body President, has worked in the US Attorney's office, and has counseled victims of domestic violence. 

Gohl intends to do the Master of Studies in English language and literature at Oxford.  He will enter Oxford in October 2010. [Regis University]

Creighton Gives 100 Homeless Omaha Men New Boots
Creighton shoe clinicCreighton University School of Medicine's student-run Magis Clinic, in conjunction with Our Hearts to Your Soles, gave away about 100 pairs of new boots to Omaha metro-area homeless men on December 5.

Creighton medical students and Omaha orthopedists volunteered their time for the event, where each man also received a free foot health exam, nail trimming, and shoe fitting.

Omaha orthopedist Timothy Fitzgibbons, a clinical professor of orthopedics at Creighton University School of Medicine, received a grant from Our Hearts to Your Soles for the boots. [Creighton University]

Xavier Students to Volunteers during Holiday Break on Medical Mission Trip
Thirteen Xavier University students will travel to Jamaica on an interfaith/medical mission trip during their Christmas break in early January. A doctor and nurse from TriHealth Cincinnati will join the group, and the students will shadow the medical professionals in the mountain health centre in Steer Town, Jamaica, and will meet with theologians of different faith traditions common in and native to Jamaica. [Xavier University]

Jesuit High in Portland Holds 41st Annual Food Drive
In 1969, Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, held its first annual food drive, which fed 40 families. This year, the 41st year, the school will feed over 300 families.

The Jesuit High student body will take all of the food that has been collected over a two-week period and compile food boxes for families in the Portland area.

"The drive not only helps families during Christmas, but also provides non-perishable foods for local food banks as well," said Scott Powers, food drive coordinator.

In addition, Jesuit High alumni will host their own food drive the weekend of December 18-19, during which they will deliver to over 900 families and 20 local shelters. [Jesuit High Portland]

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