ODU Center for Dominican Studies Hosts Public Events This Spring

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Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s Center for Dominican Studies, currently celebrating its sixth year of services and programs, will offer four events this spring on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43219.

These events are open to the public, however registration is required. To register, contact Sr. Catherine Colby, OP, Ed.D. at (614) 251-4722 or  RSVP online .

  • February 24, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)
    Location: Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall 
    “Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: His Cause for Canonization”
    Featuring: ODU History Professor, Dr. Kathleen Riley. Dr. Riley’s book, “Fulton J. Sheen: An American Catholic Response to the Twentieth Century” is a thoroughly documented study of his life and was the first in-depth analysis of the man and his times when it was penned as doctoral dissertation in 1988. Dr. Riley will share her insights on the cause for canonization of Fulton J. Sheen. 
  •  March 16, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    “Being Peace: Engaging Our Hearts”
    Featuring: Helen Cahill, OP, MA, a Dominican Sister of Peace and an experienced spiritual director. She holds a Master in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry from Catholic Theological Union. Prior to joining the staff at Claret Center in Chicago, Helen spent a number of years in leadership in her community. Helen's ministry includes giving retreats, doing group supervision for formation personnel and conducting workshops on "The Spirituality of Power" and other topics. 
  • March 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    “Cosmology, Faith and Sustainability”
    Featuring: Miriam MacGillis, OP, a Caldwell Dominican Sister. She is the co-founder of Genesis Farm, a learning center for earth studies located in Blairstown, New Jersey. She lectures extensively, and has conducted workshops in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. In 2005, she was presented with the Thomas Berry Award by the Center for Life and the Environment, and in 2007 was named among the planet’s top 15 green religious leaders by Grist magazine. 
  • April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Colonial Room, Sansbury Hall
    “Catherine of Siena”
    Featuring: Juliana D'Amato, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is Professor Emerita of Italian and art history at Albertus Magnus College. An area of her scholarly work was devoted to the translation of Catherine of Siena's letters. For the past two years, she has served a secretary for the Dominican Sisters Transition Team.

Last fall, The Center for Dominican Studies celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a special open house event at the Center in ODU’s Erskine Hall. The Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) provided $500,000 to support the establishment of the Center in 2004. Since the Fall of 2004, the CDS has sponsored over 150 programs and activities, attracting more than 6,000 participants.

The Center serves as a resource to support the mission and identity of Ohio Dominican as a Catholic University in the Dominican tradition. Programs and activities are designed to highlight the dynamic interchange between the promotion of the intellectual life in the pursuit of truth and a commitment to the common good.

“As a Catholic University we are in a unique position to reach beyond campus gates in responding to the needs of our society by providing distinctive opportunities for study and dialogue that is rooted in contemplative wisdom,” said Sr. Catherine Colby, O.P., Ed.D., who is the founding director of the CDS and Vice President for Mission and Identity at ODU.

Programs have included symposiums, concerts, plays, and study abroad opportunities. CDS has featured an impressive array of internationally known speakers such as Sr. Helen Prejean, John Allen, Peter Steinfels, and Thomas O’Meara, O.P. The Most Reverend Bishop Frederick Campbell honored the University by serving as the keynote speaker for three symposiums sponsored by the Center.

The  Center for Dominican Studies  has also published two scholarly journals – Dominican Studies.  Dominican Studies features the works and reports of many authorities in the Dominican tradition. The inaugural edition was released in the fall of 2007 which coincided with the 800th Anniversary celebration of the founding of the first Dominican monastery in Prouilhe, France, by St. Dominic.