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Chairperson, Religious Studies Department
Spiritual Director

Education:
Fordham University, D. Min.
Boston College, M. Ed.
St. John's University. M.S.
The Catholic University of America, M.A.
St. Joseph's College, B.A.
 
Classes for the 2018-2019 Academic Year:
Religious Studies 12 (5 sections)
Religion in Cinema (2 sections)

Extracurriculars/Committees:
Sophomore Retreat Director


 
 

Classes

Recent Posts

Advent is a time for us to take stock of our lives and to decide what needs to be changed. During this season our seniors will be doing this on retreat. In class we will be considering this through the lens the gospel and some contemporary film addressing this question.

The Road to Resilience

How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: these are all examples of very challenging life experiences. Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty.

Yet people generally adapt well over time to life-changing situations and stressful conditions. What enables them to do so? It involves resilience, an ongoing process that requires time and effort and engages people in taking a number of steps.

This brochure is intended to help readers with taking their own road to resilience. The information within describes resilience and some factors that affect how people deal with hardship. Much of the brochure focuses on developing and using a personal strategy for enhancing resilience.

https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx

A Scary Time

The challenges young women face are real and worthy of conversations at home and in school. This topical song raises many of the issues that appear in these conversations.

Michael Himes On Discernment

Father Michael Himes has suggested that there are three key questions that help people make a decision about where there life is going. The process of discernment is a tradition within Catholic spirituality. It is a worthwhile project for those at age 17 or at age 67! The questions which he asks apply at any time when we are looking to make an important life decision.

The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

Things the Iphone Helped Destroy

Since it was introduced 10 years ago, the iPhone has been a great disrupter, heralding an end to everything from paper maps to small talk. Here’s a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek look at all the things this ubiquitous gadget has laid to waste.

One Thing I Ask

The great Argentinian musician Leon Geon wrote this classic which has a wonderful thought for the start of our year together: "I only ask one thing of God-that I not be indifferent to... the pain...injustice...the battle... the deceit...or the future." Test out your Spanish skills on this version by The Boss-or look up a translation on line. As we start this course we will be thinking about our personal journeys-our pilgrim paths- and where we came from as well as where we are going. Perhaps you want to ask yourself who or what you have become indifferent towards? Where is your heart a little cold?

Welcome Back

Welcome back everyone. This time next year seniors will be in a new place embarking on new adventures . So we have one year ahead of us. Who knows what this year will bring? In our time together we will be thinking about the core of the gospel message, the meaning of love in our lives. So much of this will depend upon the willingness of each of us to look attentively at our day in and day out experience. I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Be bold in your exploration.