The Saint Mary’s Center for Spirituality (CFS) will kick off its 2013 fall lecture series titled “Justice and Its Many Facets,” sponsored by the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund, on Sept. 12. Michelle Egan, associate director for the Center for Spirituality, said because the college is focusing on its core value of justice this year, the decision to highlight this topic in the fall lecture series was easy. “Justice is an important and timely theme to build three thought-provoking lectures around, and broad enough to explore some of the various facets of justice,” Egan said. The first of these speakers will be Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, who will discuss immigration Sept 12. “In an era in which war, economic impoverishment and ecological degradation lead millions of people around the globe to migrate from their homeland, and at a time when the U.S. Congress is debating immigration reform legislation, Fr. Groody’s lecture will help the campus community to reflect on these realities from a Catholic perspective,” Egan said. Emily Reimer-Barry, assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego will present a lecture Sept. 26 titled “Saying Yes to More than the Dress? Elements of a Pro-Woman Theology of Marriage.” “At a time when women feel social pressure to have weddings in a style that costs an average of $25,000,” Egan said, “Professor Reimer-Barry’s lecture will discuss a theology of marriage that ‘Says Yes to More Than the Dress.’” The final lecture of the series will take place Oct 10. Mary Doak, associate professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego will present her lecture, “Consuming Women: Sex Slavery and the Body of Christ in a Market Dominated World.” “Professor Doak’s lecture will invite us to explore the meaning of our commitment to justice in a world in which millions of women and children are trafficked both within and across national boundaries for the sex industry or coerced labor,” Egan said. Religious Studies Professor Margaret Gower said she advises all of her students to attend these lectures and believes the topics covered are very pressing and applicable to the core value of justice this year. Gower especially expects the students in her Catholic Social Thought class to attend the lectures. “Altogether, I hope that the talks will help us, to think about when our relationships, institutions and social, political and economic orders are just and unjust,” Gower said. “From there, we can talk together about what we can do to work for greater justice and more humane order.” The tradition of the CFS lectures is important to the Saint Mary’s community in further educating the minds of the students, Egan said. “The Center for Spirituality has brought prominent scholars to campus since its inception in 1985,” she said. “They share their wisdom on contemporary religious issues and address broader issues of how faith and reason interact.”
Sunman, In. — St. Nicholas Catholic School, Sunman, Indiana, is pleased to announce the hiring of Sherri Kirschner as its new principal for the 2018-2019 school year. Kirschner comes to St. Nicholas after spending four years as principal at St. Mary School in Rushville. Prior to St. Mary, she spent several years at Oldenburg Academy, where she was also admissions director, and 14 years teaching at St. Louis Catholic School in Batesville. Kirschner and her husband and son reside in Batesville.Kirschner looks forward to joining the St. Nicholas Catholic School community, which has recently broken ground on a new school and education building project. “St. Nicholas has a reputation as being a very strong faith-based educational institution and I am excited that I can continue growing in my own personal faith,” says Kirschner. She adds, “the biggest and most obvious (challenge) is getting through the construction and move with the least amount of distractions possible.” Kirschner also hopes to help evaluate the total student experience, which, she says, helps promote success in many aspects of student development, “I am very excited to be coming to a school that is growing.”Kirschner will be replacing Dan Swygart, who is retiring as principal after a long career in education. “When I arrived at St. Nicholas 3-years ago, I believed that God had sent me. After 3-years of service, I am convinced that God sent me,” says Swygart, who was one of the key leaders behind the Heritage Project that has led to the groundbreaking of the new school. Swygart is excited that Kirschner will be the new principal, ”she is a vessel of God and will continue the St. Nicholas School mission. God is Good!”St. Nicholas Catholic School and its associated St. Anthony Preschool and Daycare, in Morris, serve over 140 students throughout Ripley, northern Dearborn and Franklin Counties. Founded in 1859, the Kindergarten-through-8th-grade school has been rated Exemplary by the Indiana Department of Education. It is currently accepting admission applications for the 2018-2019 school year.A Meet & Greet is planned following weekend Masses June 9 and 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at St. Anthony and in the St. Nicholas Parish Center at 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.