Ad Extra - Vol. 1, n. 3: December2011/January 2012
December 2011/January 2012
by C. J. Renz, OP
The end of the semester brings with it all sorts of surprises – the rapid passage of time; the complexity of concepts which seemed so simple last month; or the growing awareness of how much care is required to maintain the right balance in our frenetic lives. And, right about now, some of us might feel that moving an inch one way or the other will cause everything to come crashing down around us! Well, perhaps it's a matter of perspective.
Advent affords an opportunity to climb out from beneath present burdens for a fresh perspective – one which frees us up to cry out our need for redemption, Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
May the joyful anticipation of this Advent season give way to a renewed encounter with Christ-in-our-midst.
Sr. Marianne Farina, CSC has been invited to help the Women's Christian College in Chennai, India establish an interfaith program with neighboring colleges and communities. The initial phase of the project began July 1, 2011 and will continue through June 30, 2012. Sister Marianne will travel to India January 8 through January 16, and will help the faculty create an academic curriculum and social justice networking which promotes greater understanding among religious groups through study and engagement with religious traditions in India.
The project will train a committed group of faculty and students in dialog skills and sharing of resources for learning about world religions. The program includes service learning aimed to discover avenues for peace-building in the academy and society.
Sr. Marianne has conducted similar programs in Ghana, Uganda, Bangladesh and Indonesia.
Fr. Michael Morris, OP traveled to Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage Alaska (staffed by the friars of the Western Dominican Province ) to deliver a lecture on November 14th on the subject of Purgatory. Nearly 100 people braved the sub-zero weather to attend to the Power Point lecture which proved to be “a hot topic in a cold place.” The lecture was part of the long-established Dominican Forum which “seeks to offer lectures, workshops, and seminars that engage the critical issues of church and society in the light of faith and scholarship.”
The poster advertising the lecture was designed by Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP, from the Province of Poland , who is currently serving as parochial vicar at the parish.
Fr. Chris Renz, OP has, for the past twelve years, assisted the Catholic Community of Pleasanton . In addition to his regular duties there of preaching and presiding at Sunday Masses, Fr. Chris will offer an Advent reflection for the liturgical ministers of the parish on the topic “The Grace of Waiting in Joyful Expectation.”