June 15, 2016
During the 1960s in Washington DC, two Jesuits laid the groundwork for enduring programs of social justice activism and accompaniment. Fr. Horace McKenna, SJ, helped to found institutions that continue to serve the poorest of the city's poor: Martha's Table, So Others Might Eat, and Sursum Corda Housing Cooperative. Inspired by experience as a prisoner of war in World War II, Fr. Richard McSorley, SJ, was a passionate civil rights and anti-war activist who founded Georgetown's Peace Studies program, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House, and Pax Christie USA.
May 23, 2016
As the academic year comes to a close, I offer this article for your quiet reading and meditation.
May 6, 2016
Beginning in October, Jesuits from around the world (including our own David Collins, SJ) will meet in Rome for the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus. Below is a link to a website organized by Xavier University, which explains everything you want or need to know about a General Congregation.
April 19, 2016
A vocation? Not me! A scientist who studies Parkinson’s disease, teaches graduate and undergraduate students, and mentors them in the laboratory and a parent, lots of hats but not a vocation. But then God found me or maybe more accurately I let myself be found by God.
March 29, 2016
A few years ago, over spring break, I brought a group of students to El Salvador. Guadalupe led our group from Georgetown to the wall on the edge of San Salvador’s central park. It looked very much like the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall – slabs of granite with etched names that were too numerous to count.
March 16, 2016
Polarization permeates our culture and our academic environments. Team teaching with Michael Kessler a graduate government-law school seminar in Religion, Morality and Contested Claims for Justice, we recently offered our students the following suggestions for how to approach small group discussion that would embrace a range of vastly different political and religious perspectives.
March 2, 2016
We began Lent with one of the most alluring symbols of Christianity: the ashes of burnt branches soiling our foreheads black with the sign of the cross. There is something deeply moving about this pious custom.
November 24, 2015
“Tis the season,” these few words evoke a range of emotional responses. According to quite a few Georgetown students, these words signify the beginning of midterm season, a period filled with exams, papers, and projects that seem to extend beyond any set time boundary. For others, the beautiful fall foliage reveals a reminder of the changing environment and signals a crisp return of winter. As a result, November on the Hilltop highlights a tension between the mind and the heart.
October 15, 2015
The early Jesuits instituted a practice called sacred lectures, popularizing and significantly amplifying a tradition that existed before the founding of the Society of Jesus. Sacred lectures were distinct from their ministry of preaching within the context of a liturgy. Each lecture was part of a longer series on a related topic. The topics covered a range of categories. In purpose and style, the sacred lectures would today be called adult education or adult faith formation. With the recent renovation of Dahlgren Chapel, we have reconstituted this tradition at Georgetown.
October 7, 2015
October 6th, David Brooks of the New York Times published an essay which explains so well why our Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education, spirituality, and religious and cultural engagement is central to our identity as a university. It is worth a read.